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.
Rizzi-Fischer, Susanne (1998) The Complete Incense Book. Sterling Publishing, New York.
Photo by Violet and Company Incense
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!
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.
Affirm yourself and run with it!
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.
May we all do so and realize that the only difference between us is where we are standing on the planet.
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.
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. ❤