Chances are, for good or bad, you've experienced fragrant incense before. In the West, we tend to think og incense as a way to cover up bad smells or bring perfume-like fragrance into a space; but that's just one small part of the big blessing that is incense!
Who doesn't love a good Nag Champa, Sandalwood, or Cedar incense? While burning these classic fragrances can change the whole feel of a space, they're just the tip of the incense cone. The oldest uses of incense are actually medicinal and spiritual in nature, and that's what I'd like to explore with you here today.
When pure herbs are burnt, their many active constituents, oils, and energies are released into the atmosphere as smoke. This smoke is inhaled by us and works directly on the brain and heart center before working on the whole body system. One of the reasons why incense is such a popular addition to meditation, spiritual work, and mental balance work is that it tends to affect these areas of the being first and most strongly.
Scent in and of itself is medicinal. The right fragrance can calm the limbic system of the brain bringing emotional calm and harmony. Scents can often call up pleasant memories that help us immerse ourselves in the good feelings of those associations. They also cause active cascades of change in the body system which can affect emotions, mental state, immunity, digestion, stress response, mental clarity, and more. The whole art and science of aromatherapy is built on the power of scent, and it has its own roots in the raw burning of plant materials.
BENEFITS OF MEDICINAL INCENSE
NOT SO SWEET
Did you know what most commercial incense varieties include materials like glue, rubber, saltpeter, charcoal, chemical combustibles, and industrial adhesives? Not to mention the fragrance more often than not is not plant derives but comes from complex chemicals that give incense its strong, sometimes overwhelming scent profile.
When working with incense for wellness, or just when you want to enjoy something that's doing more good than harm, it's important to choose blends that are made only from plant materials and have been formulated for balance and ease on the body system. There's such a thing as too much smoke and a suffocating level of scent. Gentleness, balance, and ease are hallmarks of a good medicinal incense.
In our housemade medicinal incenses, we use only whole plant materials. We start by grinding the herbal blend down to a fine powder, then add gums and resins like copal, myrrh, and dragon's blood. Next up we mix in organic hydrosols and spring water. We blend each small batch by hands following lunar tides, and work only with organic herbs. Enjoy!
LEARN INCENSE CRAFTING
Join us at this year's DIY Festival for an immersive workshop on incense making with Herbalist Josh Williams.
Sunday August 11, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Herbal Magic Intensive - September 22 @ 3pm
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Join Herbalist Josh Williams for a special 3-hour herb magic intensive workshop that will take you on a deep, empowering journey into the ancient practice of working with natural herbal energies to call forth positive manifestation.
Sunday September 22
3pm - 6pm
This workshop is suitable for folks of all experience levels. We'll start from the beginning and give you powerful, solid wisdom and hands-on experiences from Josh's Green Craft tradition while exploring many magical herbs, spellcrafting techniques, meditations, recipes, and some very special bits and pieces of magical love.
Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Due to the complex preparations needed for this event, refunds will not be available. Please RSVP early to save your seat- this workshop always goes fast!
Tincture Making Workshop - October 5 @ 5pm
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Join Herbalist Josh Williams and learn how to create your own high-potency tinctures at home! In this hands-on workshop we'll explore the tools, techniques, and tips you need to make your own herbal medicine at a fraction of the cost of buying while adding your own personal magic to each creation you make. Make tinctures as holiday gifts or just start working on building up your own home herbal medicine chest!
Class covers many herbs and formulas for the season, tools, techniques, glycerine and alcohol extractions, and more!
Saturday October 5, 5pm-7pm
Mindfulness & Flowers with Felicia Sanchez / September 28 @ 5pm
Join us for an evening in mindful celebration of the the beauty of flowers.
Felicia Sanchez of Apiana Blooms will be joining us to talk about the art of flower arranging and experiencing this art as an intentional flow for mindfulness and mediation.
Felicia will be providing a selection of gorgeous fresh local flowers for you to choose from in creating your own arrangement; dropping into a free flowing space of creativity and manifesting.
This is an evening of beauty, celebration, mindfulness, and creative space. We're incredibly lucky to have Felicia in the shop with us for this event- if you're a devotee of flowers, this is one you must attend!
Class cost includes presentation and Felicia's hand-harvested local flowers for you to journey with and take home.