The Ancient Divinity and Healing of Sandalwood

One of the most widely used metaphysical plants of the world is the renowned Sandalwood tree. The use of this sacred tree in spirituality and ritual dates back thousands of years throughout India, Tibet, Nepal, other parts of Asia, and the Middle East. It grows between 20 to 30 feet and blooms with white, red, or purple flowers. A few different species are used for spiritual and medicinal purposes, some more medicinal than others.

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White Sage – Wisdom and Clarity

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Many people around the world have heard of or have had an experience with the wise and powerful White Sage plant. Healer, cleanser, spiritual purifier, sacred smoke; these are some of the words used to describe the powers of this strong-spirited plant. For centuries, Native Americans have understood the deeper aspects and healing qualities of White Sage and have called upon its powers during times of challenge, personal struggle, confrontation, and imbalance. Sage is considered an important and sacred part of Native American culture and is still used today in Native American medicine, in spiritual healing, and as a part of many different traditional ceremonies.

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Frankincense – Divine Communion

Frankincense, the name echoes throughout the fragrant histories of the world as a champion of aromatics. As one of the most popular incense materials of the ages, it has long nourished many spiritual and religious traditions from ancient Egypt to Japan. In addition to its holy uses, Frankincense is also traditionally used as a medicine to treat a wide variety of imbalances and ailments in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Greek Medicine, Tibetan Medicine, and many other alternative medical practices. Continue reading Frankincense – Divine Communion

The Aromatic Smoke of Juniper: Resilience, Protection, and Hardiness

Juniper: the desert elder, the minimalistic and resilient tree of the Sun. When I think of the juniper tree, I often think of its hardened and gnarly trunk, standing strong through the harsh storms, strong winds, rain, flash floods, dust devils, and the immense heat and cold of harsh, high-desert environments. This tree’s hardiness reflects the ability that we all have within us to stand firm and strong in the face of whatever challenges life presents. Continue reading The Aromatic Smoke of Juniper: Resilience, Protection, and Hardiness