The Art, Methods and History of Healing with Singing Bowls

TBT10-2Singing bowls are a somewhat esoteric item which is commonly associated (for those in the know) with Zen meditation and Buddhism. These bowls, made with a number of different materials, (most of which are typically metallic in nature) are a commonplace sight in many monasteries in Asia and have been employed by Tibetan monks, Buddhist monks, Hindu ascetics, itako and onmoyodo practitioners (traditional Japanese shamans), and, in an earlier time, by a large number of animistic shamans in Asia. Nowadays, singing bowls are usually associated with feng shui practitioners, and are referred to as ‘blessing bowls’ – a role which it has played alongside it healing and meditative purposes since the early days of its creation. For those who are in the know, as well as for individuals who run in the more esoteric circles of today’s know-how, singing bowls are usually associated with reclusive monasteries found in the peaks of the Himalayas, and is generally thought of as a staple item used by Tibetan monks. However, what most individuals don’t know is that the art, methods and history of healing with singing bowls dates to an age far older, and a practice far more ancient that Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Zen Buddhism combined.

A History of Singing Bowels

Considering a history of singing bowels in relation to its current use can be difficult, especially for individuals that have very little background on esoteric subjects. Singing bowls were originally an item employed by shamanic proto-religions, with the earliest root of its usage and practice dating back to as early as the 8th century BC. The earliest versions of singing bowls were of roughly made bronze, copper, or brass bells that were struck to produce prolonged sounds, employed by shamans during periods of trance to further their trance. Two of the most notable shamanic ‘faiths’ that employed these early forms of singing bowls were the Bon – a group of animistic worshippers who were the forerunners of today’s Tibetan Buddhists and even the now largely forgotten pre-Vedic faiths that existed in the Indus Valley long before the synthesis of Hinduism evolved from the then broad and often contradicting pantheist-animist beliefs. While nowadays, singing bowls are used primarily for ‘blessings’ and general healing, in the old days, the Bon employed the bowls for more than just those two uses. The art and use of singing bowels often included its employment as a means to facilitate a trance-like state, usually accompanied by the use of entheogenic substances, long before the advent of the Buddhist-oriented styles of meditation.

Well into the advent of Hinduism, the use of singing bowls were later adopted from the pre-Vedic concepts and later refined into what would soon become a near-universal employment of the items. These post-Vedic singing bowls, which would later be employed by ascetics, shamans, and later, Buddhist practitioners in Tibet, are unique in that their metallurgical composition is highly advanced and (nowadays) inimitable, with some rare extant period pieces being a testament to the metalworking skills of the ancients. A number of old singing bowls are made of more than one metal, but rather is fashioned from an alloy of as much as twelve different metals, giving it its unique sound, and, esoterically speaking, it’s amazing healing powers. The art and use of singing bowels drastically changed with the passage of time, and what initially was meant as an aid to facilitating trances soon became a general tool to generate wellness and health, and even to exorcise evil spirits, especially within the belief-systems of the Hindus and the later Buddhists who valued the power of sounds, syllables, and words, where healing with singing bowels became a common facet of their belief-system. In the furtherance of a history of signing bowels, the composition of the items also drastically changed from the believed twelve-metal varieties, to the five-metal ones that are still available (though nowadays fairly rarely) in some parts of India. This five-metal alloy, called panchaloha is also the same alloy that is employed in the creation of Hindu icons of worship (called murti). In the Tibetan tradition of metallurgy, the five-metal alloy is often mixed with an item called thokcha – meteorite iron –, which is believed to add to its auspiciousness and power. Due to its unique metallurgical composition authentic singing bowls produce an amazing range of sounds, and is notable for its one-of-a-kind resonance, which is the key feature in its ability to promote healing.

The Art and Use of Singing Bowels Today

Much of the art, methods and history of healing with singing bowls are still very much alive today, as it has been passed down both through written and oral records from faiths and cultures which have long employed it for such purposes since time immemorial. However, the methods, and even the purpose of singing bowls have drastically changed. Nowadays, healing with singing bowels no longer curtail a highly ritualized or ceremonial process, as the art, methods, and history of healing with singing bowls originally set its usage to be, but has rather been adopted and employed in a faster, less stylized way to cope up with the ever-increasing pace of modern lifestyles. Today, even the materials that comprise singing bowls are no longer the traditional metallic alloys that were originally used, and any extant variants that employ the original metallurgical compositions are often expensive, or are deemed collectible antiques. Antique and modern singing bowls are in themselves a wonderful works of art that often display exemplary forms of craftsmanship. Typical motifs and designs (generally carved in relief or etched outside the edge of the bowl) include common Buddhist or Hindu symbols, such as lotus flowers, mantra inscriptions, and other auspicious symbolism.

While the art, methods and history of healing with singing bowls curtail a necessary understanding of how the esoteric mindset of Buddhists and Hindus work, the healing that is garnered from these items can easily be explained through the concept of ‘music therapy’ – a seemingly modern take on alternative healing which has predominantly ancient roots. The concept behind healing with singing bowls (outside of its esoteric concept) is simple – the resonance that is produced by either striking, or slowly ‘stirring’ the bowl from its lip to create a ringing and vibrating sound that spreads throughout. Depending on the quality of the singing bowl and the materials used to create it, the sounds, its clarity, as well as its resonance vary. Practitioners of music or sound therapy believe that specific vibrations, once heard, can facilitate a change in the overall consciousness of an individual, altering their health either for good or for ill, depending upon the vibration exuded – and this is the primary tenet upon which the art, methods and history of healing with singing bowls stands. In a more traditional sense, it is believed that the sounds that are produced by a singing bowl helps to activate or cleared blocked chakra points – the vital nodes of energy which are found throughout the human body. Investing in a singing bowl for therapeutic use, and the regular employment of such an item is believed to not only alleviate stress, but also help to hasten the healing of certain diseases such as cancer. Whether you purchase singing bowls for the sake of its being an artistic object, or if you employ it for any of the three distinct practices associated with it – as aid for healing and meditation, as a means to bless or imbue certain objects with power, or as a means to drive away negativity, then a blessing bowl is well worth the investment! Not only will investing in singing bowls allow you to appreciate the art, methods and history of healing with singing bowls, but it will present a new perspective of increased consciousness towards what truly drives the dynamics of wellness. Peace! Roger Marlow

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Spiritual Healing

Spiritual Healing

healing handsSpiritual healing is the oldest type of healing known to humanity. There has always been some form of spiritual healing available in all tribes and societies: our own Druid tradition of healing and spirituality, the North American Medicine man, the wise men and women who occupied a special place in every tribe, helping to heal the sick through the power of the spirit, and to guide the tribe in times of crises, and in matters of life and death. Due to many people’s disillusionment with traditional religions there has been a huge upsurge in interest in the whole area of spirituality in recent years.

Spirituality in its broadest sense concerns the exploration, the awareness and the integration of spirit with our other physical, mental and emotional sides to create balance, harmony, wholeness and meaning in our lives. Spirit is that part of ourselves which is eternal and unique to each individual. Yet spiritually we are connected to all other life forms in a transpersonal way, each being a vital part of the whole. People who wish to explore their personal spirituality need not have any specific beliefs, as the spiritual experience can be viewed humanistically – as the link between all earth-life, between the whole of nature, animals and human beings.

What is Spiritual healing?

Spiritual healing is the channeling of healing energies through the healer to the patient. It re-energies and relaxes patients to enable their own natural resources to deal with illness or injury in the best possible way. By directing energy, usually through the hands, the healer seeks to supplement the depleted energy of the recipient, releasing the body’s own healing abilities to deal with the problem in the most effective way for that individual. The healer asks for healing to be channeled from Spirit, God, the highest level of light. Unlike faith healing, it is not required that the patient have faith in the healer or in the healing process in order for healing to take place.

Benefits of Spiritual healing

Spiritual healing can be beneficial for anyone who feels that they lack harmony of body, mind or spirit. It can be given for any illness, stress or injury. There are no conditions placed on the type of healing which the patient may require: the Spirit of the patient gets exactly the kind of healing it needs to distribute to the mind or body it occupies. Healing always takes place in the manner in which it is needed. It can be helpful in a wide range of physical and psychological conditions, sometimes to a remarkable degree: the medically diagnosed nature of the illness appears to be irrelevant to the outcome, and case histories range from the relieving of everyday stresses and strains to the recovery of people who had been previously medically diagnosed as being terminally ill. In all these cases spiritual healing seems to have made a vital contribution to the patient’s recovery.

Spiritual healing has no side effects and is complimentary to any other therapy. It is completely non-intrusive as there is no touch used by the healer. The healer’s hands are raised about a foot from the patient’s body while the patient is sitting comfortably during the channeling of healing.

Absent Healing

Any person who asks for spiritual healing will receive it. If the healing is requested by one person for another, then the healing chain is set in motion between the person who requested it, the person who it is requested for and Spirit. The person does not have to attend for Spiritual healing in this instance. Each person’s name who requires healing is written in a special book, kept specifically for this purpose. Periodically the healer can read each new name entered in the book and ask Spirit to grant this person spiritual healing. Each person is kept on the absent healing list for one month. Whatever healing is required then takes place. There have been many recorded cases of miraculous healing taking place using absent healing, even when the recipient of spiritual healing was not aware that healing had been requested for him/her.

What does Spiritual healing feel like for the recipient?Chakra Image

Many people say that they experience some of the following sensations during spiritual healing: heat, cold, tingly feelings, the feeling of being really taken care of, a feeling of expansion and a new awareness of their spiritual being. Sometimes the recipient doesn’t feel anything in particular, just a sense of deep relaxation and peace. It is recommended that a person attend for spiritual healing at least three times, with approximately one week between each session, to maximize the benefits of spiritual healing. I can still vividly remember my own first experience of spiritual healing, some six years ago. One of my friends had recommended that I try it but I was quite skeptical and needed a lot of persuading to try it. I remember sitting in the healing chair in the Irish Spiritual Center, feeling this amazing feeling of love and expansion, as though I was literally radiating a brilliant beautiful energy. Spiritual healing is still my own favorite form of healing when I feel in need of a real boost of energy: six years later I’m still at the center, but now working as a Spiritual healer.

By Lucy Costigan

Extract from �Irish Guide to Complementary and Alternative Therapies� by Lucy Costigan, published by Wolfhound Press, 1997

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Lucy Costigan�s career has been quite eclectic. She has worked as a magazine editor, a technical writer, a counselor and spiritual healer, and a programs� facilitator. Lucy holds Masters Degrees in Equality Studies (UCD, Ireland), and in Research (NCI, Ireland). From an early age Lucy has been on a quest to discover the ultimate meaning of life.

Lucy’s books have been reviewed on RTE (Ireland’s National Television and Radio stations), on BBC radio, and in various international publications. RTE�s popular Sunday Show dedicated a full-length program to her book Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace (Columba Press, 1998). Lucy�s books include: Irish Guide to Complementary and Alternative Therapies (Wolfhound Press) Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace (Columba Press) Winter Solstice: A Novel (iUniverse) Social Awareness in Counseling (iUniverse) What is the Meaning of Your Life (iUniverse) Course in Consciousness (iUniverse) Women and Healing (iUniverse) The Transformation of Yvette (iUniverse).

Lucy lives in her native town of Wexford, Ireland.

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Incense is for Everyone

incense is for everyoneIncense has been used by many different cultures in one form or another for several thousand years. It is very important to both the Hindu and Buddhist religions and plays a very important part in both cultures.

One of the main reasons for the ongoing use of incense is that it is one of the most effective ways to spread a pleasing scent throughout your home. The act of burning is a very powerful way of releasing a pleasant aroma. If you enter a smoker’s home it is obvious straight away. The smell of the smoke seeps into every fabric and surface in the house. The regular burning of incense creates a similar but far more enjoyable effect.

The smell of regularly burnt incense will permeate your carpets and soft furnishings and ensure that your house remains very pleasing. It is far more long lasting than other types of air fresheners.

One of the more traditional uses of incense has been in religious ceremonies. Incense has been used in this way for many thousands of years and still is today. In the past aromatic wood was ground into a paste and specially prepared by priests. Today, ready prepared incense makes this far easier. If you are not a Buddhist or Hindu you can still make excellent use of incense in a very spiritual way. Traditionally it was burnt to prepare a condusive atmosphere for meditation and spiritual activities. This also makes incense very useful as an aid to a peaceful relaxation. Try burning incense alongside candles it helps creates a very pleasing and romantic atmosphere for you to enjoy.

For people who are interested in aromatherapy, there are many specially formulated incense sticks available. These have been carefully blended with specific types of traditional incense which are mixed with other ingredients such as herbs and essential oils that produce certain useful properties.

These aromatherapy incense sticks are often given names related to what they are designed to accomplish, for example an aromatherapy incense stick which is enriched with chamomile and vanilla would be designed to promote relaxation and sleep. There are blends to accomplish most any type of therapy.

You may also find aromatherapy incense sticks which are designed to revitalize and energize, these will often be infused with the oils of citrus fruits which are very effective and smell very clean and fresh when part of incense. Another very popular type of aromatherapy incense contains mint and sage. This is designed to cleanse and freshen. These ingredients are often mixed with a base of sandalwood to create a very pleasing scent.

There are many types and formulations of traditional Tibetan incense blends sometimes containing over 30 medicinal herbs, spices and other botanicals. This type of medicinal incense uses recipes that have been handed down for hundreds of years and are believed to relieve a multitude of ailments from headaches to depression.

Whether you use incense to add a pleasant scent to your home, to simply help you to relax and unwind or for more traditional religious purposes, there are many available types of incense which are available in simple forms or with more ingredients infused into them to create endless combinations of useful and pleasing aromas. Peace! Roger Marlow

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Incense and Meditation ~ Natural Partners

incense meditationIncense has long been used in ritual, prayer, and meditation, and today more than ever it is used in widely varying environments, but for similar reasons. Try to picture three very different scenes – from real life – happening somewhere in the world this very minute.

 In the first, a young Tibetan Buddhist monk rises from his sleeping mat at the sound of the morning bell. He quickly gets dressed in his standard issue robe and heads for the meditation and prayer room of the temple. As he passes through a stone arch hallway, he takes in a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, then moves on. As he enters the sanctuary, the first thing he notices is the sharp scent of the locally-made temple incense, already filling the room with its fragrance. He associates this sensory input with a deep state of divine connection, a meditative state reached after an hour or so of intense practice. Just the smell of the incense is enough to help get his mind in the right place to get started, and he sits down for his daily zazen (seated meditation), happy to be alive.

 In another part of the world, a woman gets ready for her afternoon meditation session. She is at home, where she works as a telecommuter, and has been looking forward to the afternoon break. She enters her special meditation room and sits cross-legged on the comfy yoga mat in front of a small, tabletop altar. On the surface of the table she has placed a picture of a favorite Montana mountain lake, a small vase of fresh-cut flowers, a kitchen timer, and a small brass incense burner. In a personal ritual she has developed, she first starts the timer, set for 15 minutes. She takes a stick of her favorite Japanese incense from a good source one being( http://www.incense-incense.com/) a great vendor for the good stuff, a little more expensive but well worth it – and carefully lights it. As she allows the smoke to slowly rise into the air of her little sanctuary, she gazes at the photograph and enters a state of relaxation. The lake picture evokes feelings of tranquility, inner peace, and majestic silence, and the incense reinforces these feelings. Soon she closes her eyes and meditates, clearing her mind of thoughts or letting them pass, watching her regular deep breathing. The timer goes off, and she is surprised as always how fast the timer goes by. She snuffs out the incense after enjoying a deep breath of the smoke, and goes back to work, refreshed.

 Elsewhere, picture older baby boomer couple that are in the autumn of their years enter the local Catholic church for mass on a Sunday morning. They have been coming to this church for most of their life together, because they enjoy the ritualistic focus, the Latin liturgy and the traditional approach to worship. They particularly feel that the use of the very strong incense by the priest, Father Ralph, is something that they couldn’t live without. And they have a secret, one that they have shared with no one: they use the incense as a launching pad to another world. Both of them came of age in the 60s, and pride themselves on their shared history as psychonauts – explorers of other realms, worlds within worlds. Having become a bit too old for recreational activities, they limit their travels to other spaces now to their weekly visits to church. They sit in their favorite pew, and when Father Ralph walks by swinging the censer and they inhale the smoke, they feel transported to another place. In this meditative state they participate in the liturgy, and as the smoke from the frankincense and myrrh rises to heaven, so do they – at least temporarily. What their priest doesn’t know is that they have their own resin incense at home, and whenever they are in the mood for a little journey, they throw some grains on the charcoal, and go away for a while.

 Yes indeed, meditation and incense go hand in hand in many different ways. And merely by experiencing fine incense, many people are led to become more spiritual – a minor miracle. Apparently, the more incense lovers there are in the world, the better off we all will be.

 Roger Marlow

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Spiritual Healing and the Mind and Body Connection

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Spiritual healing is a necessary part of experiencing physical health. Often disease is a megaphone, which is designed to get our attention concerning the disease of our souls. There is a mind and body connection that can result in health and well-being, as well as in sickness and death. The Scripture says, As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. There is scientific proof behind this Scripture. Science is now showing that over 80% of diseases are connected to stress and emotional pain. This scientific evidence shows that a huge component for living a healthy and whole life is found in Spiritual Healing.

Negative emotions and stress are toxins that pollute the body. The result is disease. There is a scientifically proven connection between anger and hypertension, and between self-hatred and auto immune disease, including lupus and multiple sclerosis. Additional scientific evidence reveals the connection between anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as heart palpitations. Repressed anger is scientifically connected to tension headaches, migraines, and chronic back pain. Healing Ministries provides individuals seeking healing and wholeness with the necessary truths for wellness. The online website provided by healing ministries offers valuable insight into the connection between sickness and disease and emotional turmoil.

This reliable online ministry provides a healing platform that is transforming lives, breaking patterns set within the DNA, and overcoming disease. The removing of toxic thinking and toxic emotions will transform your life. Begin today to transform your health by receiving internal emotional healing and transformation. Overcoming rejection, anger, bitterness, self-hatred, and all other negative emotional patterns, will result in spiritual healing and physical health. There is a valuable and life-changing connection between the mind and body, and it is worth investigating. Visit the online Christian ministry today and begin the process of internal healing.

Spiritual healing is a necessary part of experiencing physical health. Often disease is a megaphone, which is designed to get our attention concerning the disease of our souls. There is a mind and body connection that can result in health and well-being, as well as in sickness and death. The Scripture says, As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. There is scientific proof behind this Scripture. Science is now showing that over 80% of diseases are connected to stress and emotional pain. This scientific evidence shows that a huge component for living a healthy and whole life is found in Spiritual Healing.

Spiritual healing is a necessary part of experiencing physical health. Often disease is a megaphone, which is designed to get our attention concerning the disease of our souls. Spiritual Healing, Healing Ministries.for more details connect on as: http://healingstreamsusa.org/healing/spiritual-healing.html

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Happy Hari’s Classic Incense Series

ihHappy Hari’s Classic series, New Yoga Series and the “King Series”

A couple of years ago a man by the name of Paul Eagle started a company called Small Happy Eagle. Happy Hari, as Paul called himself, was an aficionado of fine incense from way back. He had traveled widely, and found that the incense he loved the most came from India.

He used his connections and world knowledge to begin gathering a small loosely-knit group of master incense craftsmen in India. They used only the best natural and organic ingredients, blended according to recipes passed down through the generations.

Their methods of making the incense was also traditional, with hand assembly, rolling and packaging being the method of choice. Produced with devotion and love, these pure creations by artisans of an ancient craft are now widely recognized as among the finest incenses available anywhere in the world. And now you experience Happy Hari’s incense in your own home or workspace. Roger Marlow

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Avoid Stress And Stay Calm

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Many people are experiencing unavoidable and unwanted stress these days, and it is not only unpleasant but can also be detrimental to health. If you are one of those people who are going through a stressful time, read on for facts to help you better understand your stress, and tips to help you overcome it.

For sounds that can soothe your stressful day, get a table-top fountain. The sound of running water is therapeutic in calming the mind. These fountains come in all sizes and can be conveniently placed on a table at home or in the office. So whenever you feel stressed out, just have some quiet time and listen to you mini-waterfall.

A lot of your stress is directly caused by the food that you put in your mouth. To limit the stress level in your life, cut back on the caffeine and coffee that you drink on a daily basis. This will make you feel calmer inside so that you can maximize how you feel.

Monitor your stress. Stress that becomes excessive to the point where it takes a toll on your daily life can frequently lead to depression. To avoid getting to this point, try to eliminate as much stress from your life as possible. Learn to say ‘no’ to others, and be sure to surround yourself with positive people and things. Try to use humor as a coping skill, as research indicates that this helps to reduce stress.

Think of a calm scene. Simply placing your thoughts on a calm beach or a cozy fireplace can be enough to distress a situation to make it more bearable. This works because it distracts your mind, but also because it helps you recreate the good feelings you feel about the relaxing scene.

If you have a lot of stress in your life, plant a garden. This will give you something to look forward to every day and a hobby to get your mind off of the difficult things at work or school. Watch your garden grow to reduce your overall level of anxiety.

A great tip for managing the stress in your life, is to create a mantra that you can repeat whenever you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or stressed. A good mantra is a great way to affirm positive feelings and get rid of any self doubt that you may have about yourself.

Sit back and try guided imagery. This is when you close your eyes and picture yourself in the most calming surroundings. This has to be a place where you would feel calm and relaxed and not have distractions all around you. Picture every small detail of your quiet place and concentrate on them. You will feel much better in a few minutes.

Now that you are equipped to better handle the stresses of your everyday life, you have the ability to steadfastly remain calm under pressure and resilient under fire. This will help you greatly as you move forward with your life, in pursuit of the things that best bring you the most joy.

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Give Japanese Incense a Try

I find Japanese Incense far superior to most commercial stick incense. I believe it starts with the fact that there is no “stick” and the fragrance is pure. The traditional incense starts as high quality wood powders of either fine Sandalwood or Aloes wood. Then an array of other pure and natural ingredients such as pure gum resins, herbs, flower blossoms, frankincense, star anise, cinnamon and other spices can be added. The creation of this incense is an extraordinarily delicate process and performed in time-honored methods for over 300 years. The method and recipes have been handed down from generation to generation in an unbroken secret oral tradition. The mixtures is carefully combined is then extruded to make a wonderfully pure burning medium. There are a variety of newer formula mixtures that do not contain the fragrant woods just the resins, spices and herbs and other aromatics.

Most other types of incense are made around a core. The first type has ingredients such as wood powders, resins, herbs and oils are mixed together in a paste, rolled and formed around a bamboo stick. With this method the smell of the burning bamboo is present. The second method which is far worse, the incense starts as a punt blank, which is what is used to light fireworks. The punt often is manufactured in China or third world countries where its contents can be questionable. This “punt” is then dipped into fragrance oils which can be natural or synthetic or a combination of both. The fragrance oils are cut with a chemical extender such as DPT – Dipropylene Glycol before the punt is soaked in the mixture. Then it is dried for you dried and packaged.

To be fair, there a handful of the quality “Bamboo Stick” type incense manufacturers that do produce premium quality goods and there fragrance is delightful. These companies use very high quality ingredients and are carefully formulated as not to contain any artificial fragrance and / or harmful chemicals. This type incense is usually a bit more economical and usually easier to find.

However, there is still the issue of the burning stick. For the purest, I highly recommend trying the Japanese type.

Give this wonderful gift from the Japanese a try. The premier manufactures in Japan have been perfecting the craft of incense making for centuries. As soon as you burn some you will transcend into an aroma heaven, and you will never go back to your department store commercial incense again.

Enjoy! I find Japanese Incense far superior to most commercial stick incense. I believe it starts with the fact that there is no “stick” and the fragrance is pure. The traditional incense starts as high quality wood powders of either fine Sandalwood or Aloes wood. Then an array of other pure and natural ingredients such as pure gum resins, herbs, flower blossoms, frankincense, star anise, cinnamon and other spices can be added. The creation of this incense is an extraordinarily delicate process and performed in time-honored methods for over 300 years. The method and recipes have been handed down from generation to generation in an unbroken secret oral tradition. The mixtures is carefully combined is then extruded to make a wonderfully pure burning medium. There are a variety of newer formula mixtures that do not contain the fragrant woods just the resins, spices and herbs and other aromatics.

Most other types of incense are made around a core. The first type has ingredients such as wood powders, resins, herbs and oils are mixed together in a paste, rolled and formed around a bamboo stick. With this method the smell of the burning bamboo is present. The second method which is far worse, the incense starts as a punt blank, which is what is used to light fireworks. The punt often is manufactured in China or third world countries where its contents can be questionable. This “punt” is then dipped into fragrance oils which can be natural or synthetic or a combination of both. The fragrance oils are cut with a chemical extender such as DPT – Dipropylene Glycol before the punt is soaked in the mixture. Then it is dried for you dried and packaged.

To be fair, there a handful of the quality “Bamboo Stick” type incense manufacturers that do produce premium quality goods and there fragrance is delightful. These companies use very high quality ingredients and are carefully formulated as not to contain any artificial fragrance and / or harmful chemicals. This type incense is usually a bit more economical and usually easier to find.

However, there is still the issue of the burning stick. For the purest, I highly recommend trying the Japanese type.

Give this wonderful gift from the Japanese a try. The premier manufactures in Japan have been perfecting the craft of incense making for centuries. As soon as you burn some you will transcend into an aroma heaven, and you will never go back to your department store commercial incense again.

Enjoy! Roger Marlow

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