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Incense from Bambu Batu


Scent is a sense that is intimately connected with human memory. The olfactory nerve is situated close to the amygdala, the area of the brain associated with emotion and emotional memory. Some biologists believe that olfactory memory evolved as an early form of communication. Surrounding yourself with comforting smells is not just a way to bring back pleasant experiences, but to also calm the nervous system and aid in meditation. At Bambu Batu, we carry a host of Indian, Nepali, and Tibetan incense. We are now proud to being offering Shoyedio Japanese incense in six individual blends and in variety packs of eight assorted scents.

As the legend goes, a piece of fragrant wood washed up on the shores of the Japanese island of Awaji 1,400 years ago. Recognizing its special fragrance, the locals preserved the treasure and offered it as a gift to Empress Suiko. In the early 18th century, Rokubei Moritsune Hata began to refine incense production techniques and introducing his creations to royalty and the general public. Twelve generations later, the Hata family is still crafting scents using the best natural ingredients. They are certified by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry, and the US Fish & Wildlife Department, ensuring that their recipes use materials that are sustainably harvested and use no animal products.

Each box of Shoyeido Incense contains a bundle of 35 sticks, each with a burn time of 45 minutes. Most of the recipes are sandalwood based and include premium woods, herbs and spices, and all products are made in their factory in Kyoto, Japan. No accelerants are use, ensuring a long burn time and a pure, headache-free smoke. Bambu Batu’s Shoyeido collection ranges in price from $2.95 to $5.95 depending on variety. Come take a whiff and find your favorite!

Lawns are so last century.  Give me something exciting.  Something with character.  Something that won’t cost me an arm and a leg in water bills.  Enter the futuristic sounding “Xeriscaping”.  Derived from the Greek terms meaning “dry landscaping”, Xeriscaping takes advantage of drought tolerant plants to create yards and gardens suited for their climates.  The selection of plants and inorganic elements such as rocks, mulches and soil, focuses on predominantly arid parts of the country.

The first Xeriscape garden was exhibited at the Denver Botanic Gardens in 1986.  The Colorado garden followed a set of regulations established as a guideline for design, plant selection and maintenance .  Like Boyscouts, Xeriscapers follow a code known as the Seven Principles, which cover everything from soil amendment to irrigation and plant placement.  Now also known as “smart-scaping” and “drought-tolerant” landscaping, the shift towards using water retaining vegetation has begun to catch on among developers, designers and those who are simply looking for an alternative to the Ozzie & Harriet Sea of Green.

So, what is all that great about Xeriscaping?  Drought tolerant gardens use less imported and ground water, allowing your local water table to provide more H2O for domestic use.  Unlike grass, climate-appropriate plants need little care, eliminating a lot of the stress of yard work and the need to cajole your kids into earning their weekly allowance.  Animal lovers wag their tails over the fact that native plants attract wildlife and create mini-ecosystems close to home.  Possibly best of all, Xeriscaped gardens cost less in upkeep than conventional landscapes because they retain more moisture so require less irrigation.  Now that many cities in drought affected states are enacting stricter water use regulations, Xeriscapes may be an attractive and practical answer to our love affair with the lawn.