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Flowers in My Garden


I don’t feel like writing a poem,

Instead, I will light the incense-burning vessel

Filled with myrrh, jasmine and frankincense,

And the poem will grow in my heart

Like flowers in my garden.

~According to a student of Hafis (15th century A.D.)

Violet and Company took about a year off, maybe a little more, while I remade our webstore.  Now it is finished and the happy time of writing on the blog is back.  This week we will start a series looking at frankincense, one of my favorite resins.

Here is a fun frankincense fact-during the times of the Pharaohs, the ancient Greeks and the Romans, most people didn’t know where frankincense and myrrh came from.  Many stories floated around such as they were guarded by winged serpents.  These things were held in secret in order to allow the countries where the frankincense and myrrh trees grew to have a monopoly on the market, making the resin trade very lucrative for them.

Photo of Ethiopian Frankincense tears

Ethiopian Frankincense  at Violet and Company

 

Rizzi-Fischer, Susanne (1998) The Complete Incense Book. Sterling Publishing, New York.

Photo by Violet and Company Incense

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Sacred Feather Sage on sale just in time for Summer Solstice!


8 inch sacred sage bundles

8 inch sacred sage bundles

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!

Amber Resin on sale!


Amber Resin on sale this week, $3.50

This Amber resin is a rich, dark color and the smell is incredible.  We did an experiment this week and put some of this amber in an aroma lamp with water and it smelled great!  Also wears well on skin and burns great on charcoal.

Dark Golden Amber Resin

Dark Golden Amber Resin

Morning Star Lavender Incense on sale!


morning star lavender 50Morning Star Lavender on sale $2.85!

If you have never tried Japanese Incense, now is the time.  Nippon Kodo’s Morning Star Lavender infuses the room with a delicate lavender aroma.  The sticks, like all Morning Star, have no wooden bamboo core, they are pure incense.  Each package of incense comes with a little ceramic incense holder.  The sticks are delicate, perhaps 3 mm thick, but they burn slowly. And if they should break, no matter, they burn at any size!  We like standing 5 or 6 of them up in a little dish full of sand.  It is a visual and olfactory treat!

Happiness Needs No Reason


Photo by Vinoth Chandar

Photo by Vinoth Chandar

In reading a little Osho, I noticed that the one idea he comes back to again and again is that the significance of life, beauty or happiness is that it is significant in itself-it needs no other reason than just that it is!  These things just exist for the beauty of existing, just like we do!  We are here and that is enough.

It is your time to shine!


This is your time to shine!  Free yourself and open your spirit and don’t hold back!  Dab on some essential rose oil by Auroshikha, burn some Super Hit incense -scent does wonders for inspiration.

Affirm yourself and run with it!

Race for Life Time to Shine photo by Vinoth Chandar

Recognize Joy


Yellow is a color that makes one think of joy.  Yellow roses, yellow acacia flowers, yellow sunshine.  Our eye is attracted to yellow out in nature.  Our spirit is attracted to joy.

Photo by Miluz

Photo by Miluz

Respect Life


May we all do so and realize that the only difference between us is where we are standing on the planet.

Photo by Vinoth Chandar

Photo by Vinoth Chandar

King David’s Temptation


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.

Myrrh Resin Chunks

Myrrh Resin Chunks

Making a Change~one person at a time


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. ❤

Nag Champa 250 Gram Bulk

Sai Baba Nag Champa 250 Gram Bulk-$15.55 (with holiday discount)

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