For a few weeks now I have had the dream of creating daily YouTube content around incense and positive thoughts. So I created Incense For Breakfast where we can take a little time in the morning, think about our lives and set powerful and positive intentions for the day while we talk about incense. Hopefully you will light an incense too. ☺
The first episode reviews Golden Buddha by Vijayshree Fragrance. If you click on the picture above it will take you to our YouTube channel. Or you can click here. Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it and playing with the Golden Buddha incense. You can find the incense at violetandcompany.com
Like the Lemongrass Essential Oil from Auroshikha, there are several scents that have a calming effect on people. Calm and agitation all begin in the brain with a release of chemicals in response to a thought or situation. It goes to reason that there are things that trigger a calming response and one of those is scent. Scent is a powerful initiator of memory and emotion. Scents can be delivered using different vehicles such as via incense, via essential oil in a burner, via essential oil put on the body or through simmering whole herb in water *steam method*. Each delivery method has different results depending on the system used and the person using it.
Some scents used to initiate a calming response in the body are Lavender, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Sandalwood (promotes calm by encouraging a singular focus, thus quieting an excited mind) or really whatever else calms you. Perhaps a certain scent evokes memory of happy times and places. Just that happy memory will release the “happy chemicals” in the brain and calm agitation.
The vehicle you choose to deliver the scent can also play a part in the calming process. Sometimes watching a single, wispy, strand of incense smoke curl up into the air is enough to calm the mind and body. Some people don’t like smoke and prefer a water bath essential oil burner. Sometimes, if you are going to be out and about, enveloping yourself in a protective atmosphere of scent can provide that portable calming scent that is needed to get through stressful situations. Sometimes it is nice just to put a tiny bit of essential oil in with your face cream and apply it to the face or apply some to your hair so only you can smell it.
It is amazing what scent can do for you in your daily life. It can reduce stress and initiate calm when you need it. It can also be used in many different forms and ways. Let your own inner voice guide you as to what and how to use scent in your life. Life is what you make it; you have choices so why not make it great? As always be safe with using essential oils and only use oils and incense as directed.
Please leave a comment and let us know what scent you use to encourage that calming response in you!
Morning Star sandalwood incense is one of our personal favorites here. The sandalwood is a woody and dry scent. This great little 50 stick pack comes with a burner to burn your incenses in. These 50 stick packs of Morning Star are fun because they don’t cost an arm and a leg ($3.10 at Violet and Company), if you do like them there are enough in the pack to enjoy. If you don’t like them you can give them to a friend to try and you aren’t out tons of money. You can buy these through our Facebook Store for an additional 5% off (after liking our page 🙂 ) or you can get them in our eBay store or on our website
Eiju Spicy Sandalwood Incense by Nippon Kodo is a long stick sandalwood, with clove, cinnamon or other spicy additions. It is an amazing incense, most unlike any typical incense. Eiju comes in 70 stick packs and each stick burns approximately 55 minutes. You can find the incense here. $16.00 from Violet and Company Incense. As always, $35 worth of purchases gets you free shipping on the entire order.
We have sold so many of these lately! Mysore Sandal soap, 150 gram size, made with pure sandalwood oil. It really beautifies the skin and makes one smell divine. Only $3.00 at Violet and Company Incense.
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.
Today athletes use all sorts of things to get better in their sport, for example vitamins or special machines to measure oxygen content in the blood. We use drugs to take away our depression, we take medicine to lower our blood pressure. What about using our sense of smell?
Our sense of smell is one vehicle that is available to us to use to influence our bodies and our mood and enhance our performance. Our brains are wired for smell. Smell is one of the most powerful senses that we have. Scent has been used for centuries to enhance performance, sharpen the mind and focus the energy.
Try sandalwood to focus the mind and calm. Try rose to open the heart and bring a loving atmosphere. Try lemongrass for joy and energy today! Auroshikha makes a great essential oil of lemongrass-just a few drops in a diffuser does wonders!
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.