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Breu Claro – The Brazilian Frankincense

Trees are wonderful creatures. They give us a cool and soothing shade. They give us beauty and comfort. Some give an uplifting floral fragrance. And one, in particular, gives us a sticky gooey resin that becomes a deliciously fragrant incense known as Breu Claro.…

July 21, 2018

The Wisdom of North American Sage

All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. — Arapaho Proverb smudge stick form of incense frequently is associated with North American culture. To discuss the act of smudging and use of smudge…

April 17, 2017

Tibetan Incense

When you hear the phrase “Tibetan Incense,” it could be referring to any number of incense types made mostly in Buddhist communes in the Indian and Chinese Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Japan, Taiwan and parts of Thailand and Sri Lanka. Incense from these places are…

March 17, 2017
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5 Simple Prayers to Use When Cleansing Your Space

Wow! Thanks. Help. These are the Three Essential Prayers, according to author Anne Lamott. What I learned in my church-going experience backs that up: there are prayers of thanksgiving and gratitude; of praise, awe, and adoration; and of petitions and requests. To Lamott’s top…

October 24, 2016

Copal – Sacred Tree Resin of Mesoamerica

Walking on the streets of Mexico, you can often smell burning Copal.. Copal comes from a healer tree family called Bursera that is sacred to the Maya. This resin has been referred to as the “Mexican Frankincense”, and it is related to both Franckincense and Myrrh. Today, it…

September 30, 2016

Incense Fit for the Mountain Gods

Life in the elevated levels of the Peruvian Andes Mountains can be tough and the climate can be the most diverse in the country. When storms blow, tearing across the rugged peaks, they are often accompanied by strong winds, killing lightning and damaging hail. …

September 30, 2016

Incausa: Supporting Indigenous Artisanship

Ceremonial ritual practices are at the heart of InCausa, a social business experiment that uses the profits from its products to enable the purposeful commerce of indigenous artisanship and heritage. Beginning as a simple sidewalk-table venture, the organization has evolved into a multi-national grassroots…

April 19, 2016

The Wild-Harvest West: Behind the Scenes With Incienso de Santa Fe

Reprinted from Chalkboard Magazine FROM THE SHELVES OF OUR FAVORITE SHOPS to the guest rooms of some of the coolest homes in LA, we see these little teepee-shaped incense burners everywhere we go. We were thrilled then to see this behind-the-scene glimpse at the…

March 21, 2016

NEW HIMALAYAN INCENSE IN POWDER FORM

Who knew incense could come in so many forms? Cones, sticks, solids, resin nuggets, and plant parts such as leaves, stems and dried flowers, to name some of them.  One of the advantages of powdered incense is that it can be added to a charcoal…

February 17, 2015