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Discover the secrets of nature and incense lore

In our “Things to know” section you can find out interesting facts about the fascinating world of naturopathy and incense. Immerse yourself and expand your knowledge of the healing powers of plants and the production of Hojari incense. We are happy to share our knowledge and passion with you to create a deeper understanding of the treasures of nature.

Why is Hojari frankincense the most valuable in the world?

Omani Hojari frankincense is considered the most precious frankincense in the world. Its uniqueness lies in the highest quality, which is achieved through the combination of ideal climatic conditions, soil characteristics and traditional harvesting. The careful extraction and unique fragrance make it sought-after for spiritual rituals and medicinal applications.

How do you smoke resins and herbs correctly?

There are two methods for smoking resins and herbs correctly. Smoking with charcoal: light a charcoal tablet in a fireproof bowl. As soon as it glows and a white layer of ash forms, place a small or slightly larger amount of resin and/or herbs on top. Let the smoke develop and spread it with a feather. Ensure good ventilation and choose suitable plants and herbs for your intentions, be it meditation, cleansing or relaxation.

Smoking with a teapot and tealight: Place the incense burner on a free-standing container over a tealight. Light the candle, wait until the sieve is warm and then add resins or herbs. The smoke escapes gently through the sieve, while the candle heats the smoked food. Ensure safe use and choose suitable herbs for the desired effects.

How do you use our patented smoking screen?

Our flower-shaped smoking sieve has been designed by us with great attention to detail. It is the best choice to bring resins and herbs into perfect balance and gently incense them with a tea light. The sieve can be placed on different containers. It is very important when burning incense with a sieve and tea light that the incense only melts slightly and does not smoke or burn!

Use a heat-resistant container that is not too high and choose a diameter so that the petals are approximately centered to the outside.
The inner petals can be bent upwards to provide more air supply, e.g. for closed containers. By carefully bending the outer petals, you regulate the height and thus the temperature of the sieve to achieve a slightly melting state of the resin. Our sieve has two sides, an open one that gets warmer and is perfect for resins that require more heat and do not become liquid, such as our Hojari incense. The closed side is used for herbs, woods and flowers, as these burn faster and require less heat, allowing them to release their aromatic fragrance best.

Put three fingers full of Naturwerkstatt Premium incense on top and spread it roughly over the two sides. Incense on the open side, herbs on the closed side. If the sieve is too hot, carefully pull it to one side and wait until it has cooled down a little. You can then bend the petals down slightly to raise it. If it is not warm enough, bend the leaves slightly upwards to deepen it in the vessel and reduce the distance to the tea light. Regular cleaning is important. You change the incense when it becomes darker and no longer smells good. Remove the residue and scrape it off thoroughly with a wire brush or other suitable object.

Never leave incense and candles unattended!

Why do we mainly use Hojari frankincense from southern Oman?

Hojari frankincense is considered one of the most valuable types of frankincense in the world, and for good reason. Its coveted quality and purity make it a real treasure for connoisseurs and aficionados.

But what makes it so special? Hojari frankincense is extracted from the resin of the Boswellia sacra tree, which grows mainly in the rocky landscape of the Dhofar Mountains in southern Oman. This region offers ideal climatic conditions for the production of high-quality frankincense. Harvesting is traditionally done by hand by experienced local harvesters who carefully scrape the resin from the trees to preserve the quality.

There are different grades of Hojari incense, which are mainly characterized by their purity and color. The highest quality grades are characterized by their bright green color in the 1st degree, white color in 2nd grade and minimal impurities and are often preferred for ritual and medicinal purposes. Lower grades such as grade 3 and 4 can have a slightly yellowish or brownish color and are more commonly used in essential oils or fragrance blends.

As for the fragrances, they vary depending on the grade. High-quality Hojari incense often has a clean, resinous, slightly citrusy scent with subtle woody notes, while lower grades can smell slightly lemony but also somewhat spicier and more intense.

The choice of grade depends on individual preferences and the intended use.

  1. Grade green hojari is extremely rare and very valuable. It is also mostly reserved for the Sultanate of Oman.
  2. Grade Hojari silver is equally valuable and is mainly used for medicinal purposes because of its very high concentration of boswelic acids which can have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

Overall, Hojari frankincense is highly valued not only for its exclusivity and purity, but also for its unique fragrance and wide range of applications.

For these reasons, it was very clear to us that we only wanted to use Hojari of the very best organic quality for our incense!
We are delighted to be able to introduce you to smoking with the highest quality herbs and resins.