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If you live in either Canada or the USA, and are looking to purchase some of the highest quality bulk speciosa incense at the lowest prices, you’ve come to the right place.
What is Speciosa?
Speciosa (Mitragyna speciosa) is a beautiful hardwood tree native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. It is a member of the Rubiacae family along with other plants common in the west such as coffee, yohimbe and cinchona. Different species of the genus Mitragyna are found throughout tropical regions of the Old World and are used for traditionally by peoples from Africa to Asia for a variety of colorful traditional purposes.
The leaves of all Mitragynine species contain a variety of indole compounds some of common in closely related taxa in the Rubiacae family and others unique to speciosa.
Of the compounds found only in speciosa, at least two (mitragynine and 7-hydroxy-mitragynine) have been of particular importance to researchers. It is also theses compounds that give burning speciosa its distinct aroma when burned as incense. Smoldering speciosa smells almost exactly like smoldering Sage Brush from the high deserts of Idaho and Utah – making it an excellent substitute for the latter. As Sage grows so slowly and burns so quickly – it is ill suited for industrial use – it’s simply bad for the environment. In fact. Several sage are protected species in some states and export is forbidden. Speciosa however, is abundant and has excellent slow burning properties making it well suited for incense preparations. The many different varieties of speciosa that we offer each have their own unique scent as well – giving you an abundant choice for earth-friendly Sage incense!
Like many other natural botanicals however, the subjective, mood brightening effects caused by burning speciosa (and Sage) are probably due to the activities of many different compounds, the relative proportions of which determine the qualitative character of a particular strain. Thus the exact chemical basis of speciosa‘s unique aroma are murkier than it might seem and isolated alkaloid extracts have been shown to be less effective than the raw plant – the simply don’t have the same aromatic qualities! For this reason, we believe that basically all speciosa extracts fall short of the magical essence of plain, unaltered speciosa leaf.
The characteristics of speciosa leaves vary depending on age and growing conditions such as moisture and temperature. Seasonal variations are commonly observed in non equatorial locations. Genetics plays a part as well since distinct “micro populations” of speciosa can differ quite dramatically from other nearby populations with major differences in appearance as well as aroma. Because of this, there is simply an amazing abundance of distinct varieties and strains with their own unique aromatic characteristics.
In it’s native South East Asia, speciosa use is widespread in Southern Thailand and is rooted in traditions that date back beyond antiquity. It is also used in other neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia as well where local traditions are as interesting and diverse as the speciosa plant itself.
Throughout Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand today, fresh speciosa leaves are chewed by manual laborers in order to increase endurance and motivation. Interestingly enough, though use of the plain leaf is widely tolerated, extracts and concentrates which are often crudely made with toxic ingredients are considered harmful especially in Thailand. Many people in the East also use it as an incense material to ward off malevolent energy in their homes and workplaces – much like how sage is used in North America. After all, their evil probably hates the aroma of burning speciosa as much as our restless spirits hate sage.
Source : Wikipedia
In contrast to its long history in the East, speciosa has only in recent years become widely available in North America. In that short time, it has managed to earn a uniquely loyal following – people use it for a variety of purposes through a variety of means.
Our speciosa is absolutely NOT a “Natural Health Product”, nor should it be considered a quick way to get a “buzz”. Please be respectful and considerate of those regular speciosa burners since what you do has a major impact on the rights of the many other individuals who truly value our products to cleanse themselves of malevolent energies and to maintain their spiritual balance.