Light of the Forest - Larch and Sweet Pine
An incense ode to the Larch Tree…
The Larch is such an inspiring tree, it stands amid the evergreens like a golden torch.
I received some fragrant larch needles from Be-en-Foret this year and wanted to use them in something unique, with scents of light amber resins and hints of green. The base is beautiful Pinon Pine and Crimson Kua Myrrh, laced with Larch Needles and dusted with Juniper Wood. The scent dances between Larch, sweet resins, and elegant fresh Hinoki.
I am quite delighted by this blend…thank you Be for the inspiration…
Pinon Pine Resin
Hinoki and Scott Pine oil
Larches are in the genus Larix, in the Pine family.
They are unique because they are deciduous conifers that grow
up to 148 feet tall. They are considered a pioneer species native to
the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere. They are the
dominant trees in the boreal forests of Siberia and Canada reaching
further north into the polar ice than any other tree.
From “Tree Spirit” -
In the Tungus Evenki language of Siberia, the larch tree was called
Tuuru, meaning “World Tree.” It was seen as a cosmic ladder that
connected Earth to the North Star. This connection worked like a
hitching post that helped shamans accurately navigate the night
skies, thus encouraging travel within the inner and outer realms of
reality. The Tungus word sa - “to know” is the root word for shaman,
as “one who knows.” Some say shaman means “one who sees in
the dark.” Shamans would enter a trance state and travel through
the Tuuru in the upper world/branches, middle world/trunk, and
underworld/roots to connect with the spirit world for insights. The
Tuuru was also the tree that nurtured the “souls” of young shamans
until they were ready to be born.
In 1894, an 11,000-year-old wooden idol was discovered in a peat
bog on the eastern slope of the Middle Ural Mountains in Russia.
The Shigir idol stands at 17.3 feet tail. At the time it was made, this
larch tree was already 157 years old. It is now the oldest known
wooden sculpture in the world, twice as old as Stonehenge and the
Great Pyramids, it features a carved head and face on top with six
other faces engraved throughout its long flat rectangular body. These
linear and angular etchings have yet to be interpreted but appear to
contain a story that connects us to a time long forgotten.
This price is for 1oz in green air-tight jar