Smoke House

       

Mornings and meditation would not be the same without our sacred smoke. Incense, in fact, has risen again from its Puff the Magic Dragon days and returned to its proper place of ceremony and ritual. From Japanese woods to Mexican resins, the incense we crave grounds us down and lets us soar, clearing negative energy and leaving behind an earthy sweetness in its wake. Burn it while you meditate. Let it remind you to take a pause. Teas and tonics only benefit from a compatriot burn to start or end the day. And if you’re lucky your officemates will agree, a burning stick of holy wood and afternoon elixir are the only tools you need to conquer 4pm. Here’s what we love to burn.

Copal

This Mexican resin has been used for centuries for healing, communing with spirit and for divine offerings. Its thick white smoke is said to aid in the communication between mortal man and the Great Mystery. And, according to Teomati, "its column of white smoke represents the cosmic axis out of which the universe and all its creatures emerged and it acts as the connecting thread between the worlds, between heaven and earth," making it a perfect companion for meditation and rituals for raising consciousness. 

Copal may be the most mystical of the incense we offer, but it's not for the faint of heart. Its smoke is copious and its fragrance heady and dense. Though stunningly beautiful. Let it burn for just minutes or take your cue from Kerrilynn who burns it in an open doorway to the outdoors. Perfect for a patio, screen porch or great room. 

 

Palo Santo

Sometimes the name says it all. Palo Santo, Spanish for Holy Wood, is said to raise our vibrational frequency, setting the stage for deep meditation and spiritual practice. Its gorgeous citrusy woodsy scent is what gets us, but it's also commonly used as a replacement for sage in smudging ceremonies as it clears negative energy and purifies. It's said to stimulate creativity and attract good fortune and in a much more earthly realm, Palo Santo also makes a great natural insect repellant. It's commonly sold in short chunky sticks that can be burned, blown out and then left to smoke. 

 

Hiba Wood

Japanophiles, come closer. This gorgeous cedarlike incense contains the essential oil from the 300 year old Aomori Hiba trees from Aomori, Japan. This rare extract is cleansing to both atmosphere and spirit with antimicrobial, deodorizing and insect repellant properties. It lifts the mood and transports us the the land we love.

 

Bodha Smokeless

The four varieties of Bodha Smokeless Incense are in constant rotation in our homes, though I would admit to a favorite in Ground while Kerrilynn loves Calm. Bodha is the lovechild of Emily L'Ami, a native New Zealander living in LA. Emily's lifelong obsession with both scent and ritual gave way to the modern wellness brand she runs with her designer husband, Fred. With aesthetics at the forefront of what they do, you can bet these scents are as sophisticated as they are healing. Try them all. Then just try to decide. 

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