Tree of Life incense is inspired by my beloved, one-legged teacher: an ancient Eastern Plane Tree that grows in Kziv Creek. The tree is rooted in the pure running water, and has a unique quality of roots and branches joining or merging together, creating imaginative shapes and cavities in the tree formation.
Incense cones, hand-rolled in the traditional technique, made from finely ground botanicals, including local aromatics that were ethically foraged: fallen leaves and outer bark that I found in the creek. The aroma is unique, reminiscent of the sweet smell of Kziv Creek, and also burning leaves. It was created in two different formats: Incense cones (bound with natural gums or wood bark. No saltpetre or charcoal used in these cones); and a Kyphi-style loose incense blend, bound with local organic honey, wine and raisins.
No saltpetre or charcoal used in these cones. Cones are generally faster burning than a thick joss stick (range of burning time may be from 7-15min, and produce more smoke. They are more convenient to burn while traveling and outdoors, and they stand on their own base, and therefore don't really require special equipment or vessels.
Burning instruction: Prepare a heat-proof vessel, on a sturdy surface away from flammables and out of reach of children and animals. To prevent scorch marks, it is recommended that you layer some sand, earth or ash on the vessel. Place the cone and light the tip of it, and allow the flame to extinguish. Because these are handmade cones, each has a different burning times.
Kyphi-style should be burned on a charcoal in a designated vessel, or in a bowl filled with sand.
Tree of Life Incense cones come in a box containing a dozen cones.
Tree of Life kyphi comes in a glass jar and can be either burnt on hot charcoals, or placed on an incense heater for a gentler and smoke-free aroma.