Native American Incense

Sweetgrass Incense Sticks (Wild Harvested Incense)

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    These incense sticks are made from natural wild crafted plants, tree sap, bark and wood. The sweetgrass used is from a sustainable source. And thatís it. Nothing else. No perfumes, charcoal, additives or hidden ingredients.

    The scent of sweetgrass is as it sounds; sweet and slightly like freshly cut grass, although you may also get hints of vanilla and fresh cinnamon bread.

    Each packet contains 20 sticks which burn for approximately 25 minutes each.

    Size: Pack of 20 sticks

    Made in: Made in Northern California, USA from wild crafted, sustainable sweetgrass plants.

    Note: Juniper Ridge take price in having just 3 ingredients in their incense: ground plant material, vegtable gum and a bamboo stick. However this lack of charcoal and chemicals means that the incense isn't made perfectly and can have trouble burning occasionally. If you find this happens, try re-lighting the incense a few more times and this should catch.

    It's also worth noting that their incense is dipped in natural essential oil, so the scent may not seem quite as strong as the average incense that usually has a synthetic scent added to it.

    What Holisticshop staff think

    "Due to its ingredients and the process that is involved to make it, this is not the cheapest of incense. It is made in the USA from wild harvested sweetgrass.

    Sweetgrass is a plant that is traditional to the Native American culture, used for purifying and for bringing in the sweetness of life. When burnt as a grass it only burns for seconds and then you need to relight it. So one of the blessings of having an authentic sweetgrass incense is that it will burn for 20-30 minutes without needing to be relit.

    The stick is only made from a bamboo centre, tree sap and sweetgrass so the essence and the smell is very much sweetgrass; maybe just a touch more smoky than pure sweetgrass. It burns gradually and sometimes it does appear like it goes out, but then carries on again if left. We have also had reports that sometimes a stick does need relighting occasionally but this is really the nature of the stick.

    Jane (Customer Service Manager) just came into my office and said, ďOh, thatís nice, what is it?Ē, and I do like it too, but I donít think it will be for everyone. If you havenít burnt much incense before and are looking for a place to start then this probably isnít it as it is quite rustic in nature. If you are into the symbolism and properties of sweetgrass then I think it will suit you perfectly as it is so genuine."

    By Brett Almond

    Dictionary Terms Explained

    Sweetgrass - Purification, prayer
    Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) can be found growing in the Plains of the United States, as well as in some areas of Alberta in Canada. It's a distinctive green grass, being tall in stature with wide blades and a reddish tone at its base.

    It's got similar properties to sage, popularly being used as a purifier of places, objects and people to encourage positive energy and dispel old and negative vibes. It was often used in Native American sweat lodge ceremonies, where the sweet scented herb was sprinkled onto the hot rocks to improve the energy inside the lodge and fill the air with a sweet aroma.

    Traditionally it was plaited into long braids - ideal for using during cleansing, prayer and smudging - and is still often found sold like that today. Belief has it that when sweetgrass is burned, a prayer is sent to heaven on the smoke. It's properties make it ideal for using in quiet moments of contemplation, as well as when wanting to create an air of purification.

    Juniper Ridge - Sustainable
    Juniper Ridge started as a company at a farmers market at Berkeley, California in 1998. And everything they make comes from the mountains or the deserts of western USA.

    Juniper Ridge are obsessed with natural aromatics and also obsessed with the preservation of the wilderness. All of their aromatics and herbs come from the wild and are always sustainably and responsibly harvested. They donate 10% of their profits to defending western wildernesses.

    They never kill the plants they harvest. They instead prune larger shrubs and trees that respond well to pruning. They often revist the same plants as previous years to check up on them.

    For the sages they always trim the clusters at the green stem, above the woody section. Harvesting this way means two or three new clusters will appear the next year where you harvested one.

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    What Holisticshop staff think

    "Due to its ingredients and the process that is involved to make it, this is not the cheapest of incense. It is made in the USA from wild harvested sweetgrass.

    Sweetgrass is a plant that is traditional to the Native American culture, used for purifying and for bringing in the sweetness of life. When burnt as a grass it only burns for seconds and then you need to relight it. So one of the blessings of having an authentic sweetgrass incense is that it will burn for 20-30 minutes without needing to be relit.

    The stick is only made from a bamboo centre, tree sap and sweetgrass so the essence and the smell is very much sweetgrass; maybe just a touch more smoky than pure sweetgrass. It burns gradually and sometimes it does appear like it goes out, but then carries on again if left. We have also had reports that sometimes a stick does need relighting occasionally but this is really the nature of the stick.

    Jane (Customer Service Manager) just came into my office and said, ďOh, thatís nice, what is it?Ē, and I do like it too, but I donít think it will be for everyone. If you havenít burnt much incense before and are looking for a place to start then this probably isnít it as it is quite rustic in nature. If you are into the symbolism and properties of sweetgrass then I think it will suit you perfectly as it is so genuine."

    By Brett Almond

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