$ 42.22

These are absolutely stunning hand carved Prayer Beads made from the most treasured and expensive wood in the world, Agarwood. These are the real deal and not for the faint of heart.

There are many names for the resinous, fragrant heartwood produced primarily by trees in the genus Aquilaria. Most commonly, the resin is known as Agarwood, Aloeswood, Eaglewood, Gaharu, Agalocha or Oud (In Arabic). Agarwood has been used to make high quality incense for centuries. The Chinese describe its smell as "a sweet, deep but balanced fragrance" and use it in religious and festive celebrations, and so do Arabian, Indian and Japanese people. Agarwood is also part of many traditional pharmacopoeias, dating back to medieval times and Chinese doctors still prescribe it for colds and digestion problem. Oil extracted from Agarwood is used in Arabian countries as a perfume that is reputedly the most expensive perfume in the world. And as for jewelry, even the most simple adornments made with Agarwood have been sold for well over the cost of flawless diamonds or rubies. The darker wood is much more expensive and sought after than the lighter varieties, placing these Prayer Beads and their burnt Amber coloring in the "high grade" category. Agarwood is considered the finest natural incense and has been used for cultural, religious and medicinal purposes for millennia.

Agarwood was traded from Asia to the Middle East in ancient times and its long history of use is cited in the Bible and other early religious texts. This rare and exquisite resinous wood, coveted by Kings and royalty, is now available for everyone to enjoy but should be held in high regard nonetheless. Agarwood is an acquired taste (scent), at least to Western sensibilities. Deep, rich, earthy and personal, its sweet yet sharp balsamic woodiness will enter you through all of your senses. Beyond a pleasant smell, a drop of pure Agarwood oil will softly invade your lungs, your mind, your body and spirit, taking total possession of you. You will smell that drop all day, he won't let you forget him, a constant reminder. The body heats, the heart expands, other scents retreat in the presence of Oud. Oud is sexuality, passion, ecstasy and love. Oud is wild, he is primitive, he is the ancientness, holiness and sensuality of the world and all of its history. He is compelling, in a way that satisfies the Japanese obsession with subtlety and refinement, and has gripped the hearts and souls of the people of the Arabian Gulf. The appreciation of Agarwood in the rest of the world runs sporadically like veins of resin through a piece of wood. It has always been a part of the French Perfume floracopia. One of the legends of the east has an Agarwood cutting being the only plant Adam was allowed to take from the Garden of Eden. The oil of Oud is a diaphoretic, it will make you sweat, and beyond that, will connect you with something of the spirit world. Oud symbolizes and calls forth that which connects us to the ancient, to the roots and soul of the earth, to the Garden of Eden and the Hand of God, to the timelessness of the Spirit and the vibration of the ethereal world, to the basis of our primal selves and the completeness of existence.

You will find some of my homemade "Velvet Lotus Sacred Smudge" incense cones in your package. They are made with all natural organic white sage, pinon wood essential oil and benzoin gum. They have been charged under the Full Moon in a Sacred Crystal Grid and infused with blessings. If you would like to Smudge your items, simply light the tip of the cone, wait until it turns red then blow it out. Place it on a fireproof plate and direct the smoke so it gently encircles the items you wish to have Smudged. Feel free to use your own intentions and blessings and make sure the cone is completely extinguished before leaving the room. From my heart to yours.

This listing is for one (1) Highest Quality Agarwood Buddha Prayer Bead Bracelet that is approximately 9" long and 2 ounces. Everything from my shop has been charged under the full moon and smudged with white sage on my personal altar. I have developed a process in cleansing crystals so you can be confident that it will be delivered to you with the purest of energy and ready for your own personal programming and adorning. I anoint each stone with a sacred oil blend before packing so there may be a trace amount still on your crystal when you receive it. It won't harm the crystal and can be easily removed with a soft cloth if you choose. Some crystals fade in the sun so be careful and make sure yours does not.

*The Velvet Lotus does not intend for any information given to replace the care of qualified medical professionals, and no statements made should be used in place of medical care to diagnose or treat any medical condition. *