Incense & Smudging FAQs

What is incense and how do I use it?
No act is more universal than the inspiring practice of inhaling fragrant scents from quality incense. We have done so for thousands of years and continue to do so to this day.  Incense has been used for centuries as a method of cleansing, to help with meditation, and to surround your space with a beautiful scent that is free from harsh chemicals and additives.  To use incense, place it in an appropriate holder (something that is heat proof) and simply light the tip.  Once a flame appears, gently blow it out so that it is left to slowly burn.  Some people are sensitive to some scents or the smoke that is released, even though it is very minimal.  If this happens, just place your holder on a higher shelf.

Do you carry natural incense?
Yes we do!  Recently the surge of popularity for incense has resulted in inferior incense sticks, cones, and other burnable aromatics that have been manufactured with little or no regard to tradition or our health.  Mass manufactured incense blends contain synthetic fragrances, chemical binders, and petroleum by-products that often have negative impacts on our health and harmony. This is exacerbated as we burn these combustibles in our homes and breathe them in.  Hilltribe is proud to offer only incense made from exceptional quality aromatics that are derived from natural resins, gums, essential oils, flowers, woods, powders and other botanicals.

What is smudging and how do I do it?
Smudging is a Native American ritual or ceremony that is performed to cleanse and purify a space or even a living being.  You can do this by burning a sage bundle  and waving the smoke with a feather either around a room or person. Loose leaf sage can also be used in a heat proof bowl such as our abalone shell bowls.

All of our sage is harvested by selected Indigenous companies. We chose these suppliers because they support their local communities and also respect their customs and traditions. This wild sage is harvested by individual pickers (there is no big cultivation nor farms involved). This ensures an ethical harvest which leaves enough plants to self-populate the following year.