Transform your space from home to sanctuary with the sacred ritual of burning incense, sage, and palo santo. These age old practices urge us to slow down, to be mindful of the moment. The cleansing power of our burnables clears energy, purifying space and self.
Incense, palo santo, and sage each have a different effect when burned. Whether you’re seeking aromatherapy, an energy cleanse, or air purity, you can find what you’re looking for amongst these burnables.
The ritual of burning Japanese incense is an ancient practice rooted in the 10 virtues of koh. Create a moment of calm inspired by any one of the virtues of koh for better living.
1. It brings communication with the transcendent
2. It purifies the mind and body
3. It removes uncleanliness
4. It keeps one alert
5. It can be a companion in the midst of solitude
6. In the midst of busy affairs, it brings moments of peace
7. When it is plentiful, one never tires of it
8. When there is little, still one is satisfied
9. Age does not change its efficacy
10. Used everyday, it does no harm
Palo Santo, which translates literally to “holy wood” in Spanish, is part of the citrus family with a relation to frankincense and myrrh, exuding a woody scent with hints of pine, lemon, and mint. The pieces are gathered from naturally fallen trees and branches, aging and drying for 4-10 years before being bundled.Palo Santo is used an aphrodesiac, diuretic, and as an anti-inflammatory. When burned for its metaphysical properties, one can expect good fortune and clearing of negative energy.
The act of smudging is suggestive of ceremonial rites performed in some Native American and First Nations groups. In some cases the ceremony is for spiritual cleansing or blessing, but the purposes and particulars of the ceremonies, and the substances used, can vary widely between tribes, bands and nations.
Smudge sticks are commonly burned to prevent illness, ward off negative energy, or cleanse a space, person or group. Use smudging as a way to enhance mindfulness, aid in meditation, cleansing or purely for aromatherapy.
Wildcrafted on the west coast, these dried white sage (Salvia apiana) smudge sticks are wrapped in organic hemp twine. Simply light the end of the stick with a lighter or a match, and allow to smolder and fill your space with the resinous, herbaceous, woodsy scent. Relight as desired.