Joy comes in many shapes and sizes every day. Sometimes it is just a delight in seeing a friend or hearing favorite music. Whatever brings you joy, do it and do it often. When you are happy and joyful, others are more inclined to be so too! Joy is a gift you give to yourself and to others around you…
Scent helps to bring joy and change perspective. Try taking an incense break or smelling a favorite perfume or essential oil. Keep a little bit of resin in your desk at work or your car and do some scent therapy whenever needed. It can really make a difference in your day!
I spoke to a customer who bought the Nag Champa bulk 250 gram today. He called me Ma’am and I told him he could just call me Ellen. He explained that he liked to treat everyone with respect, so he says, “Ma’am and Sir”. He said that he is an old hippie and he raised his kids to show respect, not be prejudiced and be accepting of all people. He said that in the 60’s he believed that the world would change into a loving place and he thought it would have happened by now. Then, we both agreed that it is happening little by little, through people like him, who raise children, love their spouses, give to their friends and create this change one person at a time. ❤
Cone, Resin and Powder
Incense can be found in many forms. It is most often seen as sticks or cones. Last blog we talked about stick and coil incense. This time I’d like to address cone, resin and powder incense.
Cone Incense: Cone incense is one of the most common forms of incense in the Western world. Cone incense is made of the same things that stick incense is made of: ground woods, gums, resins, herbs and aromatic oils. There is also a combustion agent added. Some use saltpeter, some use charcoal. Others use a natural substance called Makko, which comes from a tree. Because there is no wood core in cone incense, the chemical make up is a bit different than the stick incense, and there is no wood to mingle with the stick. For this reason, the smell of cone incense can be slightly different than the stick. If you are used to a stick incense and would like to try the same aroma in a cone form, be aware it may not be exactly the same experience you are used to.
Resin Incense: Resin incense is hardened sap from trees, bushes, shrubs.
It is one of the oldest and most natural forms of incense. Resin incense is what is called a “non-combustible” incense, meaning that you must put it on something that is burning in order for it to burn and release its aroma. Frankincense resin, Myrrh resin, Ylang Ylang as well as Rose resin all come from trees, shrubs and bushes. Resin is very hard and can be broken up to burn smaller pieces. Resins are not only used in meditation, resins are used by some in rituals. Different resins can have different meanings or purposes depending on which ritual is being performed.
powdered incense photo courtesy of Modern Dryad incense
Powder Incense: Powder incenses are simply either resins or incense materials such as roots, bark, flowers, etc. that have been ground into a powder (for example sandalwood powder). Some, such as the sandalwood powder and the many incense powders at Modern Dryad Incense, are also non-combustible and must be burnt on charcoal or another burning medium, such as Makko (see above).
There are some self-igniting incense powders that are pre-prepared. These include powders such as the Medicine Buddha Incense Powder, Dragon’s Blood and Come Hither Powder. Violet and Company doesn’t carry these, but you can find them on the internet. We at Violet and Company would recommend visiting Modern Dryad Incense to try some of their cones and powders.
This blog is by no means exhaustive and there is much more to be explained about the complex and ancient forms of incense. Hopefully, this is just a start and you will be able to learn more in the future.