I want to send you free high quality incense so you can feel the difference it can make in your spiritual journey!
Incense in the way we know it today is inherently flawed and I want to realign its
creation process with our spiritual values.
Let's walk through the process of making mass produced stick incense and dive into the issues. Most stick incense is made with 3 parts, a bamboo stick, a wooden base blend, and oils. The wood is first powdered, then wet, and formed into a paste that is applied around the bamboo stick. Once the wood dries, it's soaked in either essential oils or fragrance oils. It's then hung to dry until it's packaged and sent to your local shop. All this seems pretty harmless so far, so where's the issue?
Starting with the bamboo stick at the center. The incense stick design is ultimately counterintuitive to the incense making process. The bamboo is surrounded by a wood incense base, suffocating it, and leaving it without the oxygen it needs to burn. So what do mass incense producers do? They add saltpeter or potassium nitrate to ignite the incense faster and keep it burning. These two chemicals are absolutely not things you want to be burning or inhaling. And that saltpeter is the reason most incense smells like a bad campfire.
Next up we have the wood base. You'd think this is the part of incense with the beautiful smelling herbs, resins, and barks, but no. It's most commonly made from plywood waste... Yep. Chemically treated wood waste that's not only sprayed with toxic materials to treat the wood for building, but then has any number of these additives mixed in by the incense makers themselves:
Aldehydes (classified as irritants. Yep, irritants are ADDED to incense sticks.
Ever wonder why they make your throat itch and head ache?)
Diethyl phthalate (causes issues within the liver)
Nitrodamine (causes birth defects and irregular brain growth in the womb.
Most commercially produced incense was found to need warning labels
similar to cigarettes and should not be used by pregnant women. )
Dipropylene Glycol Methyl Ether
And this plywood, even without all these other nasty additions, produces formaldehyde when burned.
Now the essential oils/ fragrance oils. This is another element with multifaceted issues. Not only is the industry surrounding the production of these oils inherently unethical due to over-harvesting and mono-cropping, it's simply not safe to burn these oils. The issue lies in the fact that all oils have a smoking point. The smoking point is the temperature at which the oils begins to smoke, and this smoke is known to produce carcinogens. So burning them, to create smoke, makes no sense. Why intentionally put carcinogens into the air to poison our sacred spaces? Not to mention that these oil blends often contain things like laundry detergent and other harmful chemicals to enhance smell and make them stick better to the wood base.
The particles in these chemicals can be so harmful that prolonged exposure can lead to acute respiratory disease, cancers, ultrastructural pulmonary changes, and degenerative necrotizing of the lining of our lungs. There have been incense safety studies since the 1940s, and while different incense led to different results, one thing was a constant. The incense smoke contained particles so small they could permeate and travel through every part of our bodies. So no part of us is unaffected by these added toxins.
And these problems don't only apply to stick incense. All forms of incense on the market today have at least one of the toxic ingredients discussed above. Even the companies that promote their incense as "clean" use essential oils or neglect to post their full ingredient lists, ultimately labeling them as untrustworthy and unethical. And with no labeling requirements for incense, they've been getting away with it for too long.
But not anymore.
Here at Grey Fern Herbal, we make nothing but 100% pure incense. Our ingredients are limited to herbs alone. They're organic, fair trade, ethically sourced, food grade, and handmade. We promise nothing but the best And I want to show you how it smells different, feels different, and can enhance your sacred space in ways you haven't had the chance to experience before. Simply fill out the form below, and I'll send you some of our handmade incense cones!
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It may seem silly to care so much, but when used in a way that benefits our body and soul while honoring the Earth, we open countless wonders to ourselves. I was reading the book Incense: Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents by Carl F. Neal and the author posed the idea that as we have developed with incense, our brains have evolved to respond to it. This blew my mind, and I went down a rabbit hole of Epigeneitcs. The science that shows that deep within our DNA are the lived experiences of our ancestors. And within their lived experiences, contains every moment in which plant medicines helped heal our bodies and souls
If incense played a tangible role in our evolution, it's helped to get us here. The spirits of these plants have help us to thrive on this Earth and opened so many doors for those who used them before us. Every instance of illumination is stored deep within our DNA. These plants are stored in us as well, we inherently know them. I think of the popular incense herbs that have been used for centuries by the masses. Through gatherings, ceremonies, rites, and transitions, those plants have been allies to us. In working with them today, we gain access to all of those moments and our own inspirations as well.
And the micro particles found in chemical filled incense, are present in clean holistic incense too. But they don't harm the same way. The science on good incense is ultimately limited, but we know how plants work as tonics, balms, and teas. We know that aromatherapy works, and that the oils found in our plant allies are the basis of that. But incense, due to the tarnishing of the creation practices, has been left out of learning curve that is plant based healing.