Tibetan Healing Incense: Price £1.50
20 hand-rolled, Fair Traded incense sticks. This incense is primarily medicinal rather than recreational.
As far as I can determine, this seems to be the same incense as Aquilaria Aromatic Tibetan Healing Incense, which is made by the same people and packaged in almost identical boxes. It appears to be simply Aquilaria re-packaged to carry the name of a particular importer.
In this packaging it does not have the leaflet which comes with Aquilaria, but since it seems to be the same stuff then the information in the Aquilaria leaflet presumably applies. According to that leaflet this incense is made from 31 herbs, to a recipe reported to have been taken from centuries-old Tibetan medical texts. It is said to help cases of vertigo; headache; nausea due to low oxygen-levels; altitude-sickness; stress; insomnia; back & chest pain; stiffness; and muscle pain with a psychosomatic element. It can be burned and inhaled, or crumbled into a base oil (the manufacturers recommend sesame oil or melted butter) and used as a massage-rub to alleviate muscle-stiffness and gastric problems. When burned it can also be used as a meditation-aid. Its smell is neither pleasant nor unpleasant: something like a traditional log fire.
The only problem with this incense is that it is just incense, rolled into rods, without the usual supporting wood or bamboo sliver. This results in a very pure scent, with no burning wood to complicate matters, but it means the sticks break easily and don't fit into a normal holder. We sometimes have very small candlesticks with a hole the right size for this stuff, or if requested we can drill a suitable wide-bore hole into a standard wooden ash-catcher for you; failing that, one end of the incense-stick will need to be embedded in something suitable, such as a bowl of sand.