Friday, October 19, 2012

Japanese Incense a Healthful Choice

Incense has been used for sacred ceremonies, sacred event, temples and homes for centuries and it is still highly sought after and it is still very popular. The history associated with Japanese Incense is among the first and most valued incense producing countries on the earth. The actual art work of creating incense may be among the best held incense technique secrets in Asia.

The "the way of incense" etiquette was developed in along with the tea ceremony during the Muromachi period (1392–1573). The burning of rare and very expensive incense woods during special occasions became a much desired tradition.

Japanese might not be as well-used as known as the Indian masala type of incense; however this particular age old craft has developed its own unprecedented identity. These kinds of incenses are actually believed to help in producing a peaceful environment. Many people utilize it in a ceremonial way while others employ it to bring a little tranquility in their spiritual environment. There are presently many ideal aromas available to fit your personal needs and requirements, both traditional and more modern fragrances. Additionally, it can make an ideal gift for that very special person. Many people use this incense in their everyday routine in the home or office space. It may be used in order to freshen as well as brighten up a personal space or more for its therapeutic properties. For use in one’s personal space we should all realize the powerful positive therapeutic effect on your sense of well-being from a well-loved familiar aroma.

Japanese Incense tends to be of a much higher quality than the majority of commercially produced incense. The standard in Japanese incense begins with the finest quality fragrant wood powders such as premium sandalwood and the very rare aloeswood. To this may be added a verity of other pure and natural ingredients such as pure gum resins, essential oils, medicinal herbs, flowers and spices such as star anise, cinnamon along with other spices may be included. The actual development of Japanese Incense is definitely an extremely sensitive procedure and carried out in time-honored methods perfected over 300 years. The technique as well as recipes is passed down through eras within an unbroken oral secret. The blend is very carefully mixed and extruded to create a beautifully burning Japanese Incense. There are a number of recent blends that do not really retain the aromatic woods - simply the resins, spices or herbs as herbal treatments along with other aromatics.

Be very weary of mass produced other than natural incense much of this type of product begins its life as a firework punt blank ( who know what they are made of) then dipped in a chemically altered fragrance bath. The punt is then dried and packaged; many of these will cause headaches and other issues.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Nag Champa a Most Fascinating Indian Incense

Nag Champa has been highly important since ancient times when it was burnt in religious ceremonies and prayer rituals. There is a special position for nag champa in the Hindu and Buddhist religion as it is considered sacred. Each individual monastery would prepare its own unique blend of nag champa for their religious ceremonies and meditation purposes.
For centuries, nag champa incense has been appreciated for its exquisite long lasting fragrance, which lingers for hours in a room and for its ability to aid calming in meditation. As a fragrance, it has positioned itself high on the world stage for its popularity in the scenting rooms, aromatherapy and meditation.

Back in the days of the "hippie trail" when western people became interested in spiritual enlightenment, many of them travel to India where they found and embraced Nag Champa taking it with them so its popularity spread across the world. The spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba the well-known spiritual leader after the 1964 establishment of a spiritual center in Mumbai was one of the most important factors for making Nag Champa so popular. From here, the world would be blessed with this extraordinary incense noted for its characteristic blue box and is reputedly the best-loved incense in the world. It retains its popularity today and many years later, it is still one of the most appealing and popular incense fragrances. Popular belief is that the Champa scent helps create sacred space and enhances the meditative state. Many just burn it simply for its unique and wonderfully distinctive fragrance.

Fragrance plays an important part of people's lives. Aroma has the ability to lift our spirits, remind us of an event in the past and can have an effect on mood. We interact with so many different aromas each day some pleasant, some not so pleasant but smell is one sense that has the ability to change the way a person feels quickly. We can be uplifted or calmed depending on the fragrance. Some scents are nostalgic, other futuristic, spring fresh or gentle Asian. Nag champa is a uniquely effective fragrance in that will assist in allowing your spirit to remain happy and light.

Nag champa is an aromatic blend of gums, resins, flowers, spices, and oils with an exquisite aroma. This valued incense comes from the class of Indian incense, originating from the Champa flower. A native of Indonesia, India, and other neighboring countries, Champa is a large evergreen tree, which occurs naturally in the East Himalayas. The champa flowers are of interest being extraordinarily heady with fragrance although the flower itself just has a few narrow yellow/white petals. The night air filled with champa flower scent is heavenly. In fact, one of the world's most costly perfumes "Joy" uses champa flowers. Nag Champa incenses also contain Halmaddi which is a resin in semi-liquid form that is derived from the Ailanthus Malabarica native tree. This resin gives a grey color to the incense. Nag Champa contains a large amount of sandalwood and is unique as a fragrance starting with a strong smell that changes its character to a cooler sweeter smell as time goes on. Nag Champa is available in many different forms including cones and incense sticks, perfume oil, incense candles and soap.

You can expect a package of fragrance that delights all of your senses and provides a wonderful atmosphere whether it be spiritual or just for the embracing fragrance it will provide. Peace and Love! Namaste'

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Encens d'Auroville Cone Incense

Encens d'Auroville Cone Incense This hand crafted high quality Cone incense delivers an amazing amount of pure aromatics but leaves behind just the smallest dollop of ash. All are made from fragrances blended with natural essential oils mixed into sandalwood powder.

Maroma has utilized all of this rich cultural background and combined it with a very contemporary commitment to Earth-friendly product content and environmentally responsible manufacturing practices. These activities have become a major source of fair trade employment for the surrounding villages.
The residents are involved in a wide range of projects including environmental regeneration research, organic farming, renewable energy, green construction technology.

Aurovillians also work closely with these villages to improve infrastructure plus educational and health care facilities. Maroma is the largest employer in Auroville and the biggest contributor. Each year, 40% of Maroma's profits are returned to the community to further growth and development.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nature Nature Resin over a Stick Incense

Nature Nature is a relative newcomer to the incense market, and is an American company. Their sole product at this point is the resin over a stick line.

Their incenses are handmade and hand-rolled from high quantity ingredients, and sun-dried. The resins, herbs, powders and oils that are used for the variety of scents are all natural, of the best quality, and as fresh as possible.

This is very long lasting incense each 10 inch stick can last over an hour of burn time. The aroma is just as intense as the resins they are made so one stick may be extinguished and lit several times.

This is a wonderfully fragrant with an Absolutely Pure and Natural Aroma as close to burning pure resin you can get only without all the effort..... Highly recommended!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Chandra Devi Goja Musk and Jasmine Tibetan Incense

Chandra Devi Goja Tibetan Incense Goja is the name for an Indian delicacy made for dessert. It is a recipe that consists of fried wheat crackers dipped in sugar syrup. Naming an incense recipe after a food recipe is a confirmation of a theory advanced by a famous delver into the human senses, the infamous but reclusive researcher Dr. Layton.
He theorizes that incense that is strongly associated with a country reflects the qualities of that country's cuisine - echoing the connection between the sense of smell and the sense of taste. For example, Japanese incense is very subtle, expressive, and simple - like their traditional foods of rice, fish, and soy products. Indian incense reflects the personality of that sub-continents' cuisine - spicy, sometimes sweet and hot, heavy and flavorful. Now we have the example of Tibetan incense - but is there a dish or recipe associated with Tibet? Very few if any come to mind. So, Tibetan incense, like white rice and wheat noodles, is elusive, ascetic, dry, simple as a fire made using grass and herbs and fragrant woods. That perfectly describes this incense.

The Goja recipe is comprised of musk and jasmine, along with the amazing herbal mixture that gives this brand its unique qualities. The dry stick is almost odorless under the nose - the epitome of subtlety. Lighting the stick, one starts getting a sense of the qualities of this fragrance. Slight and sugary, delightful hints of jasmine and musk are accompanied by a strong herbal base that contrasts with the sweetness. It is a compelling scent, one that warrants continued attention and gives a sacred space a sense of being outdoors, a part of the universe as a whole. It rewards meditation, as well as being a suitable background for daily activities. Like a dessert, it blends with and complements all kinds of everyday living.

40 sticks, 17 cm. Hand made in Nepal

Chandra Devi Natural Herbal Tibetan Incense

As a boy I was quite taken with a paperback I found on the newsstand one day called "The Third Eye" by one T. Lobsang Rampa. The Tibetan monks depicted in the book made a real and lasting impression on an impressionable young mind. Such ideas as nirvana, reincarnation, wayward mind-created spirits (called tulpas), the use of sounds and smells to change consciousness, mind control, the wheel of life, and the unreality of death became part of my universe, and changed me incontrovertibly. Later I discovered that there was no Mr. Rampa, that the book was the product of channeling by an American author, but by then it didn't matter - it had done its job of inspiring and leading me to reality.

Natural Herbal Incense seems to be the base recipe for the entire line from Chandra Devi, comprised of the 35 or more exotic herbs gathered in Nepal and blended into this fragrance. It has the woody, grassy, natural aroma that the others in their line do, but it is very stark and simple, and intensely spiritual. If you love simplicity and see the beauty in it, this scent is for you. It has essentially no hint of its composition under the nose, but the smoke is redolent of outdoor fires and herbal cleansing of sacred spaces.

It is clean and earthy, very basic but complex at the same time. It will inspire, and it will reveal the nature of reality if you give it a chance. It is a magical thing, and the Tibetan monks who originated the recipe should be proud.

40 6" long sticks per package

Chandra Devi Sandalwood and Jasmine

Buddhists categorize sandalwood as belonging to the lotus family, so it has a special significance for them. The tradition says that the scent of this tree changes a person's desires, and also assists in meditation in staying alert. It is a very popular fragrance to present as an offering to the Buddha. It is believed to awaken the divinity within, and can be used as an external medicinal herb as well, for soothing and cooling the body.

Jasmine flowers have a sweet but not heavy fragrance. The flower is very important culturally in India, Central Asia, and Japan. It is a beautiful flower that also smells wonderful, and the essential oil is used in perfumes and to make incense, such as Chandra Devi's Sandalwood and Jasmine.

The finest aromatic, pure sandalwood, jasmine, and over 30 other ingredients comprise this incense. It is a special one in the Chandra Devi line, with just a hint more sweetness and light than some of the others. Like the other sticks, however, it has a very faint fragrance as a dry stick. It comes alive when burning, and spreads its love quickly in the room, and lingers in the nose. The combination is magnificent, and seems to have a little of heaven and a little of earth in its personality.

Approx. 40 pure sticks per package.

Chandra Devi Special Amber and Musk

Amber is unusual - a tree resin, preserved through eons untold. When amber is chipped into small pieces and ground for an incense ingredient, it releases its secrets: a scent of ancient pine forests and forgotten trees from long ago. 

The word is special in that it describes a substance, a color, and a fragrance. The color of amber can be correlated with the scent - it is light translucent orange, somewhat resinous, and glowing.

Musk is similarly somewhat odd in origin - it is collected from the glands of a deer in its traditional form. It is, in contrast to amber, dark brown in color and in scent - it is sweet, but in a sensuous, animal way - a dry, sexy sweetness.

The combination of amber, musk and more than 30 other ingredients gives this incense its special character. The smoke is sturdy and strong, basic and earthy, sharp and spicy, with very delicate notes of living things such as pine trees and forest deer.

The dry stick has only a barely detectable fragrance which blossoms into a personality when lit. Call it the soul of the ancient world, but it is affecting, natural, and beautiful, like all of the Tibetan line.

Contains approx. 40 pure sticks.

Chandra Devi Snowlion Tibetan Incense

The snow lion is an important Tibetan icon, symbol, and concept. Used for years as a symbol for the Tibetan government on flags and currency, the white lion with a turquoise mane continues to be a favorite subject for Tibetan artists. It is a celestial and mythological animal, similar to a totem in Native American culture, and represents a clear mind and unrelenting good cheer.

Made in the Himalayan country of Nepal, Chandra Devi's incenses are based on very woody ingredients, probably cedar and similar indigenous aromatic trees. This particular traditional ritual blend features both white and red sandalwood, saffron, nagi, and over 50 other ingredients for a complex fragrance. The dry, thick stick is very subtle under the nose, with a hint of sweetness and floral characteristics.

The burning stick promises to center one’s attention by presenting a deceptively simple, but finally complicated fragrance to the nose. It tends to linger in the head and the room after its long burning time has passed.

It also tends to make you want to burn another stick to re-experience some of that earthy, resinous herbal base, with very light side notes of sandalwood and other ingredients. The result is clarity of the mind, and it also imparts a feeling of bright and cheery blue Himalayan skies. It is a scent that smells like a smile, and that's a very good thing.

Approx. 40 pure sticks per package.

Chandra Devi Lord Buddha Tibetan Incense

Chandra Devi Lord Buddha Tibetan Incense Made by hand from the purest ingredients in their facility at Katmandu, Nepal, all Chandra Devi incenses are products of an ancient art. More so than in other cultures, Tibetans employ incense as a spiritual aid and as part of healing rituals.One of the most potent forms of meditation in traditional Buddhism is using an image of Lord Buddha as a focal point, a method of concentrating the attention. By using the Buddha instead of a candle flame or other worldly object, the meditation is given a boost, so to speak, and will find spiritual bliss and happiness.

Lord Buddha incense is designed to be a part of this process, and to remind the user whenever it's used of the ineffability of spiritual experience. It literally cannot be put into words, because that would negate its effect on the soul.

Lord Buddha incense is a recipe composed of the finest red sandalwood, and a mixture of many herbs - some of which can only be harvested in the foothills of Mt. Everest. Under the nose, it has a very light scent of sandalwood and nothing else - a surprisingly subtle first impression from a strong-looking, heavy stick less stick. Burning, the fragrance is remarkably clean, astringent, dry, cedar-like, with very little hint of sweetness - but enough to make it a delight.

This incense exudes a serious spirituality, and has an exotic personality. It is reminiscent of an aromatic campfire, burning autumn leaves, or sage and herb smudges. It tends to focus one's attention on the sacred, and certainly merits its high status as a namesake for Lord Buddha.

Approx. 40 sticks per package.