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Indirect Incense

 

How To Enjoy Natural Incense

I. Soradaki 

A classic method to burn incense using ash and charcoal.

In Japan, this has been practiced for scenting space and clothing since the Heian Period (794-1185 AC).

[ Suitable for ]

Resins, wood, herbs, our granulated incense blends, Nerikoh (kneaded incense balls) etc.

[ Utensils ]
Ash, charcoal, incense burner, tweezers

HOW TO BURN IN THE SORADAKI STYLE

1. Put the ashes in an incense burner.

 

2. Light the candle with matches.

 

3. Burn the edges of a charcoal with the candle while holding it with the tweezers. It will take 3-5 minutes until the charcoal is ready when it gets nicely hot and red. Place then the hot charcoal onto the ashes.

4. Put a small amount of natural incense next or directly on top of the hot charcoal. It starts releasing its scent and produces smoke.

 

Try to play around as each ceremony is different as well as the reason the motivation. Find your personal way into the art of scent.

II. Monko

Monko is literally translated as "listen to scent".

 

In the Japanese Kodo incense ceremony, this method is used in order to fully enjoy fragrance of woods especially oud (agarwood) which is precious and sensitive to the fire.

 

Rather than "burning", Monkoh style is said "warming" incense, so the pure fragrance is slowly released. You can enjoy the same incense more than two times.

[ Suitable for ]

Oud and other woods

[ Utensils ]

Ash, charcoal, incense burner, mica plate, ash press, metal sticks

HOW TO BURN IN THE MONKO STYLE

3. Stir with metal sticks to let air in the ash and place the hot charcoal in the centre of the ash.

5. Pierce with the edge of the metal stick from the top of the ash to make a hole until the charcoal. This hole is meant to transport the heat.

 

6. Place the mica plate on the hole, top of the ash mountain.

7. Place a small amount of natural incense in the centre of the mica plate.

 

It starts releasing the subtle fragrance.

1. Put the ashes in an incense burner.

2. Light the candle with matches.

 

3. Burn the edges of a charcoal with the candle while holding it with the tweezers. It will take 3-5 minutes until the charcoal is ready when it gets nicely hot and red. 

4. Gather the ash toward the centre using the ash press by turning the burner in a clockwise direction in order to make an ash mountain. The glimming charcoal should be then covered up with the ash.

[ How to listen to the scent ]

1. Hold the incense burner with your left hand.

2. With your right hand, make a circle with your thumb and the rest of other fingers, and place it on the opening of the incense burner.

3. Come closer with your face to that circle which you create with your right hand.

4. Listen to the fragrance between your thumb and index finger by deeply breathing in through your nose. 

Interested by the ways in which ancient civilisations and indegenous from around the world used natural incenses and healing herbs, we have been diving into the world of incense.

 

Burn them for your spiritual rituals, medicinal conditions, cleansing, ceremonies, and of course just for pure aromatic pleasure.​ 

Enjoy and master the art of scent, working with the fire, the resins, woods, the smoke in the best way for you and your surrounding.

 

​All our incenses are highest quality with 100% pure natural materials collected in an ecological and ethical manner. ​

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