Tibetan Sandalwood Incense
The light fragrance of white sandalwood is always a favourite.
I never tire of the delicate fragrance of sandalwood but it gets increasingly hard to find good sandalwood incense. Sandalwood is protected and fetches a high price. In the summer of 2014 we travelled from Nepal into Tibet and we were stopped and our vehicle searched several times. Apparently the police were looking for smugglers running sandalwood logs across the border.
Several years ago in Dharamsala I had a regular walk through a wooded hilltop. For several days I was unable to trace the source of the strong fragrance of sandalwood. One day I walked up onto higher ground and looking down through the trees I saw a flat roof covered with drying sticks of Tibetan incense. I'd found Tashi Choeling Monastery and Dr Dhadon, who invited me in and offered me a rather nice glass or two of chang - locally made Tibetan barley beer.
The label says that sandalwood has an ancient use for embalming. Sandalwood is calming, brings peace, is good for meditation and is used in religious ceremonies.
Tibetan Sandalwood Incense dimensions: 30 thick sticks, length 11cm, burn time approx 1 hour each. Includes a small incense holder.
This incense is made in Nepal.