Morningstar Frankincense, Myrrh and Sage

Morningstar Frankincense, Myrrh and Sage

Japanese Incense is famous for its clean burning woods and delicate floral scents. The stick incense from Japan is a centuries old tradition with roots in the Shinto and Buddhist rituals and beliefs. Each stick is solid incense. There is no wood core.
Nippon Kodo has just added three new scents to their morning star line of incenses to add the sacred scents of middle east and the americas to their line of single note incenses.
  1. Frankincense – also known as “Frank Incense” or True Incense, this is a famous ingredient in church blends. In ancient times, it was used as currency in some areas, because it was so prized. Modern research has shown that burning frankincense can affect our moods, lifting our spirits when down. No wonder it is used in worship. It is truly enlightening.
  2. Myrrh – Burned in Indian temples and churches around the world, Myrrh is a rich and cleansing scent used for purifying. Researchers are discovering that Myrrh smoke has physical anti-bacterial properties, as well. Go figure. Again, the ancients knew what they were doing.
  3. Sage – Used for centuries in America for spiritual cleansing in a smudging ceremony, sage is a powerful plant ally. When you want to smudge a small space or just want a lighter scent for your ritual, this little stick will do the trick nicely.
Best of all, all three are in stock now, at the Eye and will be on our feature table for the next week or so. So stop in or buy online. With 50 sticks in a box (that’s right it’s not a typo), morning star Japanese Incense is an incredible value. Each stick is small, but it’s 100% incense, so you get pure scent.
Sahumerio Shaman Incense Blend

Sahumerio Shaman Incense Blend

Sage Smudging is one of the most traditional and common ways to clear and bless a space or an object. Smudging is simple and direct: Just light the sage bundle, blow it out so it smolders, and walk around the room or house, fanning the smoke. This works for most home clearing needs.

A New Smudging Alternative

Smokeless Smudge SpraySometimes people ask if there is an alternative, either because they do not like the scent or because they don’t like smoke or because they’ve tried smudging with sage and it isn’t as effective in their space. Of course, we offer smokeless smudge spray for those who can’t do a smokey smudge. Our spray is a blend of sage, cedar and sweetgrass oils to provide energy clearing in places where smoke can’t go.

Palo Santo Smudge StickPalo Santo (Holy Wood) is what we have traditionally offered as an alternative traditional smoke. Palo Santo wood is the blessing wood traditionally used in South American Native Cultures.

Now we add a third option, Sahumerio, which includes Palo Santo as its main ingredient. It also adds more herbs in a mix of plants which is used in Peru by Shamans for house clearings. It is a powerful purifying blend drawing from multiple cultures. We’ll detail the historical use of each ingredient here, in case you want to mix your own.

This is a blend of herbs and woods which can be burned on a small charcoal tablet in a heat safe dish and used to smudge an area, person or an object.

What is Sahumerio?

Sahumerio Shaman Incense Blend:  Palo Santo, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Alucema (Lavender) and Myrrh

Sahumerio Blend

Sahumerio literally means perfuming with incense. This Sahumerio mixture is the combination of Palo Santo, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Alucema (Lavender) and Myrrh. This incense mix is traditionally used by shamans in Peru to do ceremonies for purify houses and take out the bad energy. Creates a protective boundary, as well. [Read more…]

Rosemary for Remembrance

Rosemary for Remembrance

Sprig of Rosemary

Sprig of Rosemary

Rosemary is one of the oldest forms of incense, and is used for food, medicine, and magic. Sometimes called Dew of the Sea, Elf Leaf, Guardrob, or Incensier, Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean Region and thrives along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

The use of this herb is ancient. References to rosemary were found written in cuneiform on stone tablets dating back to the fifth millenium B.C.E. Rosemary is again and again mentioned throughout the anals of Europeon history for it’s properties of purification and its healing powers.

In folklore it was said that a healthy rosemary plant grew where a woman was head of the family. Rosemary is associated with goddesses, especially of the sea. According to legend, it was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she rose from the sea. Catholic healers associated it with Mary. The legend says its flowers were once white, until Mary laid her cloak over them while resting. When she picked up her cloak again, they were blue. In fact, the flowers can be white, pink, blue or purple, depending on the cultivar.

Rosemary Correspondences

Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Feng Shui Element: Wood
Ritual Uses for Rosemary: blessings, water rites/sea rituals, weddings, new moon, remembrance rituals for the dead, transformation, invocation, attract elves and faeries, and meditation
Magickal Keys: good for the “three P’s” of Purification, Protection and Passion [Read more…]