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Incense, (from the Latin meaning "to burn"), is composed of various aromatic plant materials, which release a fragrant smoke when burned or heated. The term "incense" refers to the substance itself, rather than any fragrance it produces. Incense is used in many religious ceremonies and for ritual purification, aromatherapy, meditation, creating a mood and also simply for masking unpleasant smells.

The use of incense seems to have originated in Ancient Egypt, where the resins of various aromatic trees were imported from what is now Arabia and Somalia to be used in religious ceremonies. We sell several different varieties of pure Incense resins which can be burned in isolation or mixed with a range of herbs and spices for a particular ceremonial purposes.

Modern stick incense is composed of aromatic plant materials, often combined with essential oils and used to coat thin wooden tapers. It can also be formed into cones shapes and both stick and cone incense can be burned independently of a separate heat source. The ranges we supply contain some truly amazing fragrances and if you have never tried them, it is well worth the effort.


LITHA INCENSE RECIPE


Litha is a Lesser Sabbat. Litha celebrates the Midsummer Solstice.  At mid-summer, the Sun God has reached the moment of his greatest strength. Seated on his greenwood throne, he is also lord of the forests. This is considered to be a time when energies abound, and is a good time for magic, purification rites and divination.  In many Wiccan celebrations, this is when the Oak King, who represents the waxing year, is triumphed over by the Holly King, who represents the waning year.

Litha is a wonderful time to dress the Altar with sunny golds, yellows and reds. Fill an offering bowl or your cauldron with wild flowers that abound in the hedgerows at this time of year and use white, yellow, red, orange or green candles on the Altar. It is a powerful time for love spells, wealth attracting spells or spell work focused on power.  You can blend your incense to suit your purpose, but here is a recipe for the
one I use.


Ingredients:

2 parts Copal
1 part Frankincense
1/2 parts Sandalwood
1/2 part Mugwort
1 part Chamomile
1 part Lavender
1/2 Yarrow

Method:

  1. Grind the Copal using a pestle and mortar until it looks like small pieces of gravel.  Place in a large container.
  2. Grind the Frankincense if it needs breaking down and add it to the container with the copal.
  3. Grind the Sandalwood using the pestle and mortar to break up the hard casing and release the energy.
  4. Grind each of the herbs in turn using the pestle and mortar, to break the outer coating and release the energy.  Add each one to the container with the resins.
  5. When all the herbs and resins have been ground and added to the container, stir the contents with your hands.  As you stir, close your eyes and picture The Solstice sun rising over the horizon, feel the first rays warm on your face, feel the life and the energy of the sun flooding over you and into you.  Feel the flow of the energy travelling down your arms, out of your fingertips and into the incense mixture.
  6. when you can't hold the image in your mind any more, open your eyes and jar up your incense ready for use or storage.

This recipe uses herbs suited to peace, healing, happiness and energy - all of which I need by June:).  If you want to tune yours more toward love, then either substitute some of the herbs with Rose petals and jasmine, or add a small amount to the blend.  Keep the Yarrow and Lavender.

For Wealth, use Basil and oak but keep the chamomile.

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