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This is an incense I use a lot at this time of year. It is great in ritual for calling the dead and helping a trance-state. I also burn it in the house - even if I'm just doing mundane things - to let the dead know I am thinking of them. It is good burned in the garden at night, sitting quietly and waiting for impulse and inspiration. Mugwort, Mullien and Damiana with cypress oil used as a "binding" agent to hold the lot together. Has a wonderful earthy-gravish smell and doesn't have so many ingredients that it costs a paycheck to get them.

 

M

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This made me think of the incense that I see all the time at the Chinese grocery that they have in the area that's especially for funerary and ancestor alters. I say this, because some of your ingredients kinda reminded me of the smell it has. I'm going to have to see what it's made of. Also, I love your recipe, and I think I already have all of it over in herb box^_^

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This is an incense I use a lot at this time of year. It is great in ritual for calling the dead and helping a trance-state. I also burn it in the house - even if I'm just doing mundane things - to let the dead know I am thinking of them. It is good burned in the garden at night, sitting quietly and waiting for impulse and inspiration. Mugwort, Mullien and Damiana with cypress oil used as a "binding" agent to hold the lot together. Has a wonderful earthy-gravish smell and doesn't have so many ingredients that it costs a paycheck to get them.

 

M

 

Thank you Michele, its amazing how wotever I need always finds me! Lost my mother yesterday after a debilitating 25 year illness! Thank you so much.

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Marshy here is a massive massive hug and kiss :hugs:

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Oh wow Marshy - that's hard... I don't have words that would help with the loss or missing her. Our dead are never really gone, but knowing that really doesn't help with the fresh wound and missing the physical person. I am so sorry.

 

M

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Thank you Michele, its amazing how wotever I need always finds me! Lost my mother yesterday after a debilitating 25 year illness! Thank you so much.

 

So, sorry, Dear.

 

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So, sorry, Dear.

 

J

 

Thank you J, in many respects it is a blessing, I have been tryin to work for a peaceful pasage for her for a while now, at least she went with dignity in the end!

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Oh wow Marshy - that's hard... I don't have words that would help with the loss or missing her. Our dead are never really gone, but knowing that really doesn't help with the fresh wound and missing the physical person. I am so sorry.

 

M

 

 

Thank you M

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Thanks everyone the end was the best possible under the circumstances and was pain free and dignified. She will suffer no more.

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Very sorry for your loss Marshy. Especially this time of year.

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Am so sorry Marshy. Sending lots of hugs your way.

She will be able to watch over you now...

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I am very sorry for your loss, Marshy, yet relieved that it was under the circumstatnces you described. You are in my thoughts.

 

Elizabeth

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Thank you Michele, its amazing how wotever I need always finds me! Lost my mother yesterday after a debilitating 25 year illness! Thank you so much.

Oh Marshy, my heart goes out to you at this time. Isn't it wonderful, how this informative post of M's just hit the right spot of comfort for you, and give you that connectedness to your mother still. Simply amazing.

 

Regards,

Gypsy

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Interesting Michele, thank you.

 

Sorry for your loss Marshy.

 

Anita.

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This is an incense I use a lot at this time of year. It is great in ritual for calling the dead and helping a trance-state. I also burn it in the house - even if I'm just doing mundane things - to let the dead know I am thinking of them. It is good burned in the garden at night, sitting quietly and waiting for impulse and inspiration. Mugwort, Mullien and Damiana with cypress oil used as a "binding" agent to hold the lot together. Has a wonderful earthy-gravish smell and doesn't have so many ingredients that it costs a paycheck to get them.

 

M

 

Michele,

 

Damiana is not a herb that I am familiar with. Is it hard to come by? I know it isn't available in any of my local shops, unless it goes by another name. Also, I have never had much luck making incense, so I usually just purchase it. Since the combination you speak of is not commercially available, though, I may give it another try.

 

Jevne

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Oh Marshy, my heart goes out to you at this time. Isn't it wonderful, how this informative post of M's just hit the right spot of comfort for you, and give you that connectedness to your mother still. Simply amazing.

 

Regards,

Gypsy

 

I have given this advice to people many times and not sure they understood, maybe they evn thought I was fobbin tthem off. My mentor told me years ago to open my true self and when I was ready what I was seekin would find me! Maybe in this real life situation it will help people relate to the advice more, non of us know all the answers and the path we tread is not easy but you MUST have Patience nothing worth havin is easy I am afraid.

 

Thanks for all the good wishes

Marshy

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Oh Marshy, my heart goes out to you at this time. Isn't it wonderful, how this informative post of M's just hit the right spot of comfort for you, and give you that connectedness to your mother still. Simply amazing.

 

Regards,

Gypsy

 

I have given this advice to people many times and not sure they understood, maybe they evn thought I was fobbin tthem off. My mentor told me years ago to open my true self and when I was ready what I was seekin would find me! Maybe in this real life situation it will help people relate to the advice more, non of us know all the answers and the path we tread is not easy but you MUST have Patience nothing worth havin is easy I am afraid.

 

Thanks for all the good wishes

Marshy

sorry for your loss marshy.... i lost my nan this time last year, its always a tough time to lose someone

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I can't add much more to the comments that have already been well put Marshy. Sorry to hear of your loss.x

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Michele,

 

Damiana is not a herb that I am familiar with. Is it hard to come by? I know it isn't available in any of my local shops, unless it goes by another name. Also, I have never had much luck making incense, so I usually just purchase it. Since the combination you speak of is not commercially available, though, I may give it another try.

 

Jevne

 

Actually I came across the herb in a rather weird way... I have a friend who owns a website/store and a fellow on there was doing a podcast of libra and herbs and it got into love herbs, and damiana was mentioned as an herb used for women drawing women. This is very unusual so I jotted the name down then forgot about it. About a month later my son was buying gas and saw a pkt of herbs sold as a "legal high" and he picked it up to show me and it had damiana in it, which was the second time this strange herb popped up. I am not big on coincidences and went to a wonderful store nearby which sells food-quality herbs, and asked them about damiana and they had some. Mullien, Damiana and Mugwort can all be used for trance/visions and for the dead. Damiana can be used for calling, and of course cypress for the dead, and when i tried mixing them together and I took them out into the yard and burned them it was such a "deep" incense that I started using it and kept the recipe. So that's how I got into Damiana, lol, I think it was looking for me. Also, as I'm sure you know herbs can be different for the person using them. What works with my dead may not work with someone else's although most herbs of the same plant have a "general" use. I find I need to sit with the herb and find out what my use for it is (or rather, its use for me), if that makes sense. I used to own a million herbs and I knew none of them. I chucked them all out on the earth and keep it down now to a very few that I feel "like" me and that work with me and that have several uses (rosemary is great for multi-use and I can grown it down here)...

 

M

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I find that particular blend of herbs interesting because the herbal blend that I smoke, for anxiety, is sold as a "Native American Blend" and it contains Mugwort, Damiana, Mullein and Coltsfoot. Rather odd. I can buy the mixture VERY inexpensively at a little metaphysical shop about six blocks from my home. Never thought of burning it as incense, though.

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I've been making loose incenses for a good few years now. I'm not sure about you Michelle but i find it therapeutic in many ways. It stimulates the grey matter, it stimulates your thoughts on the spiritual aspects of the craft, and the ritual aspects of it-very therapeutic. It not only smells great but is creative in itself once you have blended and crafted that mix. Like many things it is also very personal, and experimental.

 

My present mix includes Mugwort, Vervain, Myrrh, and a touch of Wormwood.

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I've been making loose incenses for a good few years now. I'm not sure about you Michelle but i find it therapeutic in many ways. It stimulates the grey matter, it stimulates your thoughts on the spiritual aspects of the craft, and the ritual aspects of it-very therapeutic. It not only smells great but is creative in itself once you have blended and crafted that mix. Like many things it is also very personal, and experimental.

 

My present mix includes Mugwort, Vervain, Myrrh, and a touch of Wormwood.

 

Yes - I find everything I do myself "deepens" the experience and the ritualistic nature> I much perfer using what I have made to what I have bought.

 

M

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