Consecration & Sacred Space – Smudging

Native Americans have traditionally called on the spirits of sacred plants to cleanse people and places of harmful energies, thoughts, and influences for thousands of years. This sacred act of purification, called “smudging”, is used to clear the atmosphere of negative vibrations and energies caused by anger, sadness, illness, or malevolent spirits, and to fill…

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The Roots of Aromatherapy

Traditional Aromatherapy has been utilized for ages. Modern Aromatherapy is one of the fastest growing healing modalities of our time, and its name is widely known today around the world. If we break down the word itself, the principle is easily revealed: a practice of healing (therapy) using aromatic plants. The smoke from fragrant herbs…

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Frankincense – Divine Communion

Frankincense, the name echoes throughout the fragrant histories of the world as a champion of aromatics. One of the most popular incense materials of the ages, it has nourished many spiritual and religious traditions from ancient Egypt to Japan. In addition to its holy uses, Frankincense has also been traditionally used as a medicine to treat a wide variety…

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The Aromatic Smoke of Juniper: Resilience, Protection, and Hardiness

  Juniper: the desert elder, the minimalistic and resilient tree of the Sun. When I think of the juniper tree, I often think of its hardened and gnarly trunk, standing strong through the harsh storms, strong winds, rain, flash floods, dust devils, and the immense heat and cold of harsh, high-desert environments. This tree’s hardiness reflects the…

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Balm of Gilead, Comfort for the Soul

  Considered to be among the most sacred of herbs throughout many ancient Eastern cultures, the renown Balm of Gilead was once used in various forms of holy incense and anointing oils as a sacramental herb. It was also widely widely used in Christian, Islamic, Egyptian, Judaic, Greek, Hindu, and many other cultures as an…

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Keeping A Sacred Art Alive

Incense has been used for thousands of years in almost every culture on Earth; from the sands of Egypt, to the high plateaus of Tibet, from the jungles of Ecuador, to the cherry-blossomed hills of Japan. Incense is a sacred art of precision: carefully combining natural aromatic herbs and ingredients in just the right amounts. These…

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Cardamom And The Hunger For Life

For Over 3,000 years, the fragrant seed pods of a tropical plant known as Cardamom have been cherished throughout the Eastern World. This exotic spice has been used in perfumery, sacred incense blends, ointments, medicine, and cuisine since before the construction of Solomon’s Temple. Cardamom is a plant native to India. It can be found…

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Rosemary, For Heart And For Mind

Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) is an aromatic in the mint family that grows as a small evergreen bush, native to the Mediterranean. Its emotional and physical healing properties have been utilized by many cultures around the world for ages. It was known by the ancients to bring about a stronger sense of self-confidence and to strengthen the…

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Cedar, the Evergreen Tree of Life

    The great Cedar tree will forever be deeply rooted throughout the ancient histories of the world. From its strong, versatile wood to its fragrant and medicinal evergreen foliage, Cedar has supported many different peoples with its countless uses for millennia. There are many species of Cedar which grow in various parts of the…

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