HAND ROLLED INCENSE STICKS
MEDITERRANEAN BLEND - I have always loved the stories of the Sybils, especially the Sybil of Cumae whose ancient cave is not very far from my Southern Italian village. The Sybils foretold the future in rhyming verse...the old stories say the Sybil's divination was enhanced by breathing fumes from burning herbs...the bay tree was especially revered by them. The herbs in this blend were gathered in Italy last winter - bay, olive, sage, rose and rosemary - with the intention of creating this Mediterranean incense blend, imspired by and in honor of the Sybils. I've finished them off by pressing each stick through a bed of fresh flowers from my Maine gardens, herbs that I consider sacred - St. John's wort, hyssop and of course, rose.
BOREAL FOREST BLEND - There is something primal about being in a forest...we experience a sense of quietness and peace found nowhere else...a sense of belonging, of being surrounded by life...and a part of the great oneness that includes all other life forms inhabiting the region...conifers intermingle with deciduous trees, and the understory abounds with a multitude of shrubs, flowers, fungi, birds and critters who also call the forest home. The gifts of the forest are many, but this awareness of peaceful coexistence I think is the essence of nourishment for the spirit of all.
These gorgeously fragrant one of a kind incense sticks are made entirely from certified organic roses, Our rose incense sticks set a mood that is calm, centered and sensual.
Burn these as you would any incense stick. Each of these rose incense sticks will last through many burnings.
Contains, certified organic roses with a sprinkling of tragacanth gum powder as a binder.
RESINS - FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH
Choose from frankincense or myrrh. The resins are in small chunks and packaged in a clear tube with metal cap.
Herbal dream pillows are an ancient and time honored way to experience the subtle, or magical, properties of herbs. The aroma of lavender is peaceful, stress relieving and sleep inducing. We've combined our lavender with a few other calming and sleep inducing herbs from our gardens to create a dream pillow blend that will lull you to sleep and enhance dream recall.
Contains MOFGA CERTIFIED ORGANIC lavender, lemon balm, roses, skullcap, oatstraw, holy basil and mugwort.
Our dream pillows are lovingly hand-sewn of beautiful cotton materials. Each pillow is stuffed with aromatic herbs and has a pretty label sean on.
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(an excerpt from Gail's book, Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs)
Burning dried herbs, or smudging, is an ancient method of nourishing the spirit and invoking the sacred. People all around the world burn herbs during ceremonies. I feel instantly reverent when I smell frankincense which was burned in our Catholic Church during my chilhood. Many cultures believe smoke from the burning herbs clears unwanted energies and carries our prayers to Great Spirit. I know people who smudger before important meetings, and others who smudge their house each day. Sometimes I smudge in the morning as a blessing on the new day, in the evening to relieve accumulated stress and tension, or at night to inspire dreaming.
Any very dry herb, flower, bark, resin, or root will burn, but some are more aromatic than others. Some scents are known to have certain effects, but you don't need to be an expert. Just go ahead and burn some herbs in a fire-proof bowl or shell, or light up a smudge stick. See what you like. Experiment. What smells good to you? Burn well-dried springs of your herbal ally.
When I smudge, I let the smoke go over and around my head and I inhale the aroma. I offer some smoke to my heart area, around my back, and down my arms and legs. I pay special attention to parts of my body holding tension or in special need of nourishment or healing. I offer a prayer of thanksgiving each time I smudge. I let the smoke carry my prayers to the heavens. Some of my favorite herbs for smudging are: lavender, mugwort, sage, rosemary, vervain, peppermint, cedar, juniper, St. John's wort, and hyssop.
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FRAGRANCES OF THE SEASON BOX
Exotic frankincense and myrrh resins, lavender, mugwort and hyssop smudge sticks, a gorgeous hand-rolled rose incense, all on a bed of shredded aspen, in a white washed pine box, decorated with a lovely seasonal herbal bouquet and ribbon.