New Range – Herbal Incense Resins Ingredients at Indigo Herbs
New 100% natural & pure Incense Resin ingredients are available at the Indigo Herbs incense apothecary. The range of Incense ingredients has been doubled, yet more fresh, herby, exotic, spicey, uplifting and aromatic herbal ingredients have been sourced, and yet more incenses can be discovered for their therapeutic aromatic qualities. Not only can we continue to enjoy the powerful aromas of the infamous Frankincense incense resin and Myrrh incense resin, now we can also delight our senses in the North African spice of Oppopanax resin, and awaken our senses with the edgy aroma of Dragon’s blood incense resin powder. We can stretch our olfactory senses to the sweetness of Elemi resin, the hopefulness of Sandarac resin, the winter freshness of Pine resin and Pine needles, the cool calmness of Sandalwood incense resin and the penetrating intensity of menthol crystals. But really here is the big question…..
Are Herbal incenses resins just for Magician types, to burn on a full moon with a wild look in their eye, or do they really have therapeutic properties to be enjoyed on a sunday afternoon by the likes of you or I?
I always thought that incense made from plant resins probably created too much smoke and was unfit for burning indoors. I thought the lighting of charcoal disks, and cracking off a bit of resin, was a cave man version of making the house smell nice.I always associated things like Dragons blood with some wild eyed magician mixing up a brew in the turret of a castle. I swear i could have happily passed incense, resins, charcoal disks
, and the likes of Frankincence, Copal and Sandarac right by in this life without a second glance. However i was drawn into exploring some more when Indigo Herbs decided to double its apothecary of incenses and asked me to investigate. Well my first question was….
What sort of therapeutic properties do these natural herbal incense resins have ?
I began by exploring the properties of some of these plant resins, woods, barks, flowers and leaves. It seems much of the plant world is combustible in the name of incense. I read about recipes that mix gums, honeys, ground up minerals, leaves, petals, animal hair and a ray of golden sun to name but a few of such ingredients. It seemed that whilst i am perfectly happy with infusing my herbs in hot water, putting my feet up for a quick brew, whilst reflecting on the facts that those herbs are doing me good, I am less familiar with the transformation of my herbs into potent smoke, as a way to reap the healthy benefits. This is how i began to become enlightened.
It is thought that by placing the plant matter as incense resins onto an extremely hot charcoal disk/ fire and allowing it to transform into smoke/ air, we are liberating the active beneficial properties of the plants, and this smoke can effect the persons breathing it in and the enviroment it pervades. Our olfactory sense namely our nose is the only sensory organ that is connected up directly to our brain, the information our nose receives in the form of an aroma travels straight to the centre of our brain and effects our mood.
Therefore, we can assume that the active properties of plants can be imbibed by the power of their smoke, and these active qualities can positively effect the mind, the emotions and the whole sense of self. This is ancient therapy it seems. Aroma has such a wide ranging effect on our psyche, we have sense memory that can mean a particular smell may take us back to a place and time long forgotten. We receive information through our sense of smell, and we attain sensory knowledge throughout our lives. We associate smells with experiences and moods, so by consciously creating an aroma with a purpose or intent behind it, we can it seems use natural herbal aromas to harness and direct our mood, energy levels and thinking. Thus we can use natural herbal aromas from incense resins to enhance our lives.
So what’s new at the Indigo Herbs incense apothecary, and what beneficial qualities do these incense resins have?
Natural & Herbal Incense resin New in at Indigo Herbs
Pine resin & Pine needles
are anti-bacterial and cleansing for sinuses and head, they have an expectorant action and can be burnt to clear the mind, shift a head cold, and cleanse the air. The ancient Celts associated the Pine tree with the qualities of strength and protection and use the smoke from the resin and needles to disperse negative energy.
is an ancient North African folk remedy burnt to sooth the chest and uplift the spirits. It brings a mood of peacefulness and calm and aids deeper breathing. It can be used in meditation and burnt to promote deep peaceful sleep.
is another good expectorant, as it opens up the chest and breathing passages and promotes the good health of the respiratory system. Its aroma is light, sweet and herby and it has a cleansing feel to it. It is native to the Phillipines and has a light tropical energy.
Dragons blood resin powder
has an interesting bitter aroma and is a transformer of energy. The presence of the smoke banishes negativity and clears the air.
has a rich, spicey, earthy fruity smell. It’s aroma is extremely evocative to the senses and it heightens the intuition. It is also an aphrodisiac.
are an extract from the mint plant. The aroma is a decongestant and a stimulatant, it can be used to clear the sinuses and open the chest. The scent is very strong and penetrating.
Sandalwood bark powder
has an amazing aroma, it is so uplifting and peaceful. It brings a mood of calm and relieves frustration, stress and anguish.
Indigo Herbs of Glastonbury also have some other wonderful incense resin ingredients such as
, Palo Santo
, Greek Rose, Greek Jasmine
, Black Storax
and White Sage
Our new full range of Incense Resins
can be found at www.indigo-herbs.co.uk
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