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Dry Weight Conversion Calculator

Dry Weight Translator
Easily convert dry weights; grams, ounces, pounds and kilograms. (This launches a page in a new window)

Online Incense Discussion Groups

Incense Exchange
"This group is a place to come and share your experiences making and using incense... Our focus is to discuss making hand-rolled incense, but discussions about all forms of incense are welcome."

Oils & Incense
"This is a list for learning how to make and for finding recipes for making Magickal anointing oils, incenses..."

Incense Photo Gallery
Our new Incense-Making.com online photo gallery... where incense is art. Visitors can view and share photos of incense ingredients, botanicals, burners, smoke art...

Conservation and Endangered Status of Species

Cropwatch
The first truly independent watchdog for those working with natural aromatic materials. Search for endangered & vulnerable natural aromatic materials.

IUCN Red List of Endangered Species Search
The IUCN Red List is the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species and is recognized as the most authoritative guide to the status of biological diversity.

CITES Threatened & Endangered Lists
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.   

Traffic International
TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.

United Plant Savers
United Plant Savers' mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.

Aromatic Crops Information

A Guide to Medicinal & Aromatic Crops
A treasure house of information regarding the growing of aromatic crops coming out of Purdue University. It contains many individual plant profiles.

Ethno Botanical Databases

Alphabetic Spice Index
Superb spice index in several languages.

Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethno botanical Databases
An invaluable research tool for studying the ethno botanical uses and individual properties of aromatic plants.

Plants for a Future Database
Great resource that offers the ability to search the database by intended usage.

Henrietta's Herbal Homepage
Excellent Monographs and quality herbal information.

Native American Ethnobotany
University of Michigan Dearborn web site. Great site, easy to use, with nicely designed monographs on Native American plants.

FAO.org - Gums, Hard and Soft Resins - Sustainable Forestry
A wealth of information on several incense gums, resins and latexes of plant origin. Articles by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Herbal Folklore
Vast amounts of folklore as it relates to botanical information.

FAO.org - Essential Oils
Superb information on essential oils.

Science of Smell

Seeing, Hearing and Smelling the World
Resource for articles on olfaction.

The Vivid World of Odors
Howard Hughes Medical Institute's web site on the senses of smelling, hearing and sight.

Sensation and Perception
Research being conducted in the field of neuroscience by the Monell Chemical Senses Center.

The ChemoReception Web
Exploring how Tastes, Smells, and Pheromones are Received, Perceived, and then Translated into Responses and Actions.

Ingredient Specific Information

Use & Trade of Agarwood in Japan
Report compiled by James Compton and Akiko Ishihara for CITES.

Indian Sandalwood Trade
A case study of the sandalwood trade in India.

Cedars of Lebanon
History of the great Cedars of Lebanon.

Amber Facts and Links to Maps
Wonderful site on amber and where it's found in the world.

Types of Amber and Copal Resin
Resource for learning more about resins in general, copal and amber specifically .

Vetiver Newsletter
Excellent articles on vetiver root and its oil from the Southern Africa Vetiver Network.

Lotus Flowers
Useful information on the practical and magical uses of the Lotus flower.

Traditional & Historical Uses of Incense

A Brief History of Spices
Article from Purdue University.
Source: F. Rosengarten, Jr. 1969. The Book Of Spices

Japanese Incense
History and traditions of the elegant styles of incense use in Japan.

Time Measurement with Incense in Asia
Article by Silvio Bedini providing examples of ancient incense clocks from Asia.

Native American Healing
Healing traditions of the American Indians and the use of aromatic plants in their ceremonies.

Maya Incense (.pdf file)
An investigation into Maya incense - by Biologist Mirtha Cano & FLAAR

Incense Discovery at Mayan Abergris Caye

The Ancient Book of Formulas
Ancient Book of Formulas from The Lucky MOJO Esoteric Archives.

Perfumes of Ancient Times
Archeological research on perfume making.

The Tibetan approach to ecology
Interrelationship between natural world and humans in Buddhism.

Montaigne's Essay on Fragrance

Qetoret (Incense)
The Spiritual Significance of the Qetoret [Incense] in Ancient Jewish Tradition
by Rabbi Avraham Sutton

Distillation Techniques & Equipment

The Process of Steam Distillation
A nice animated diagram of the steam distillation process.

John French's Art of Distillation (1651)
Classic work on distillation.

Aromatherapy and Perfumery Education

Mississauga School Of Aromatherapy & Canadian Holistic Therapists Training School

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

The Australasian College of Health Sciences
Includes a course of studies on aromatherapy.

West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy
A multilevel aromatherapy institute which gives people interested in this fascinating subject a chance to study at home while gaining the tools necessary for starting a professional practice.

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