Grey sage or sacred feather sage is used by some in smudging ceremonies. Some say it is less potent than white sage; some prefer it. Give it a try, you might just love it! On sale at Violet and Company for $4.00 for an 8 inch stick. Leave a comment and let us know which sage you love and why!
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!
Taken from Susanne Fischer-Rizzi’s The Complete Incense Book, here is an ancient recipe for making your own incense to tempt and enthrall the object of your affection just for Valentine’s Day. It made King David of Israel irresistible and may do the same for you! According to Fischer-Rizzi, King David used to suspend his clothing in the smoke and allow the fragrance to fill a room. The fragrance is warm and sensual.
KING DAVID’S TEMPTATION
4 parts Myrrh resin (see pic below) & 1/2 part Agar wood
1 part Cinnamon Bark (powder)
1 part Sandalwood (powder)
Crush the agar wood, then the myrrh with a mortar and pestle. Add the Sandalwood and the cinnamon. Place a pinch at a time on hot charcoal. Enjoy.
Frankincense is a wonderful scent to use for meditation. It is calming and helps to focus. Frankincense is also great for studying, writing, creating a calm space and creating a peaceful atmosphere. There are many other uses for Frankincense, but if you are smoke sensitive or just prefer using different methods than incense and pure resins, consider essential oils! We have wonderful oil burners at Violet and Company Incense and you can easily get the benefits of Frankincense using essential oil, a little water and an oil burner. What a great way to enhance your mediation!
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“Gold is just dust when still in the ground, and oud
in its country of origin, is just another kind of firewood.”
~Muhammad Ibn Idris al-Shafi’i 767-820 C.E.
If we look back in history, we can connect this quote to the stated first discovery of Oud or agarwood in Japan. It is said that a large log washed up on the beach and was gathered and burnt for firewood. When the wood was burnt, it was discovered that this wood was very special indeed as it let off a perfume only the gods could have created. Agarwood has been a prized wood and scent for many centuries.
The Japanese made incense from this wood and called it Jinko, or “sinking wood” because it was heavier than other wood and did not float well. Agarwood is also called Aloeswood, Oud and Eagle-Wood around the world.
Agarwood is used in traditional Tibetan medicinal preparations and is called Eaglewood (unique, yellow, light & black). Agarwood also has special uses in Chinese medicine.
The scent of Agarwood is musky, woodsy, rich and always original. It has been all but impossible to correctly mimic this scent in synthetic preparations.
Agarwood comes from the center or “heartwood” of the Aquilara tree from Southeast Asia that has been infected by a fungus. The tree is infected at the roots and in response, creates a thick, dark resin to protect itself from the infection. This resin, and the wood that holds it is Agarwood. The older the tree and the longer the infection has flourished within the tree, the more precious and fragrant the Agarwood. There is no way to tell which trees in the wild have been infected with this fungus, so the practice is to randomly cut down trees or open their bark, looking for the dark resinous wood. This practice has meant that Aquilara species trees in the wild in some countries are endangered.
Many countries have now created tree farms, in which Aquilara trees are specially grown, inoculated with fungus and then harvested after a minimum of seven years to get Agarwood. It is said that these farmed trees don’t produce the same fragrance in their Agarwood as do trees in the wild, and the reason for this is not known at this time.
Most incenses found in the market contain a lower grade agarwood and are usually grown on a farm, because the cost of wild agarwood is formidable. 2.2 pounds of high quality agarwood sold for over $500 just 20 years ago and the price has only gone up since then. Using first quality agarwood would make the price of incense unaffordable for most people, so lower quality agarwoods are used.
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Myrrh is another wonderful resin that has been brought forward from ancient times for use in the modern world. It is said that at one time Myrrh was as valuable as gold. It was used for medicinal purposes, for incense and for perfume.
Myrrh is a resin derived from cutting the bark of the trees in the Commiphora species, commonly found in Northern Africa. The resin “bleeds” from the tree bark and quickly hardens into a glossy, light colored, firm lump. The more the resin is aged, the darker it becomes.
Myrrh was used by the Ancient Egyptians in the embalming process. It is used today by everyone from the Roman Catholics to the Neo-Pagans for religious purposes.
Studies done on possible medicinal uses of Myrrh, show that Myrrh produces an analgesic effect on mice. Myrrh is used in Chinese medicine as well as in herbal medicine. If you are going to ingest Myrrh, be sure that you know its source and that it is derived using pure means.
You can find Myrrh resin for burning on charcoal discs or for rubbing on your body at Violet and Company. Another wonderful way to use Myrrh is to crush the resin with a mortar and pestle and dissolve it into a vial of carrier oil such as apricot oil and then wear it as a perfume oil. Delicious.
References: Wikipedia Myrrh