This incense is absolutely delicious, warm.... with the sweetness of the earth and forest... a must try!
Each glass vial of 12 handrolled pellets comes with a small bottle of rare and robust, dark amber, maple syrup to fully experience the sweet aspects of the Northern Forest environment as in common in the experience of "Forest Bathing".
- Poplar (Populus tremuloides) Buds
- Organic Bee Propolis
- Permaculture Sweet Grass (Hierochloe odorata)
- Bound with wildcrafted Maple Syrup (Acer saccharum) and Organic Honey
- Rolled in fragrant powdered cedar (Thuja occidentalis) wood
The Far North American forests are best known for their coniferous fragrances but there is a sweet layer of the forest that is most evident in the spring, after the long northern winter, when the inhabitants need it most. This amber type incense is a blend of those sweet fragrances that announce the end of the dark days of winter. On sunny days in early spring just before the poplar buds begin to burst, the air is filled with the honeyed musk scent of poplar bud resin. Both the native solitary bees and the imported honey bees follow this scent trail and gather the tree's resin to make propolis to line their nests.
The Sugar Maple tree feels the call of the season too. As the Maples awaken, they pump their sugared sap up their inner bark to revive the leafy parts of the trees that have been dormant all winter. Indigenous Native Americans taught the earlier European settlers how to harvest this spring tonic and condense it into syrup. The indigenous Americans would leave the sap water out in the frigid spring nights and early in the morning remove the frozen layer leaving the sweet water. After a week of this process the sap would be more concentrated into a thin syrup. With their iron pots, the Europeans were able to boil the sap condensing it further into a thick syrup and eventually a granulated maple sugar. Syrup produced earlier in the season tends to be lighter in color with a 2% sucrose sugar content and more subtle in flavor. Dark robust syrup is produced later in the season when some of the sucrose sugar has been converted into glucose and fructose. These new sugars in conjunction with the carmelization that occurs when the sap is boiled cause the syrup to become darker with a stronger maple flavor.
In early spring the sweetgrass also sends up their seeds spikes that help perfume the warm, spring air with their vanilla scent. First Nation's people see sweetgrass as the sacred hair of Mother Earth. Its vanilla aroma reminds them of the gentle love she has for them. When used in a healing circle, sweetgrass has a calming effect. It is also used for smudging and often represents the teaching of kindness
The warm spring air also activates the fragrance of the cedar trees. Their hardy leaves having over-wintered on the tree are ready to spring forth early. The sharp coniferous scent of their new growth mingle with the sweet scent of their warmed wood adds to the perfume of the sweet days of a Northern spring