Posted in #cvm16 #mindfulness #mindful #reflection #reflect #unique #journey #stress #anxiety, Meditation, Nature

There are many ways you can use incense to enhance your environment, and you can even make your own. Try using incense for meditation and relaxation.


Making your own incense

First consider the mood you would like to create, then choose the appropriate herbs and begin.

You will need

  • A pestle and mortar
  • A glass jar with lid
  • 7 parts resin – such as, frankincense, myrrh, copal or benzoin.
  • 3 parts dried herbs, flowers or bark. For example, dried lavender, rose petals or basil are ideal.
  • A few drops essential oil to enhance fragrance.

Method

  1. Place the resin ingredients in the mortar.
  2. Add the other ingredients.
  3. Mix the ingredients together and grind with the pestle to create a consistent texture.
  4. Finally, add a few drops or any aromatherapy essential oil of your choice.
  5. Store the incense for at least two weeks to allow the different scents to mingle.

Charcoal burners

To burn loose incense, you will need charcoal blocks and a fireproof dish.

  • Fill the container with some Earth to prevent it from overheating.
  • Light the charcoal by holding it with tweezers-to prevent you burning your fingers!-over an open flame.
  • Sprinkle loose incense over the hot charcoal and allow it to smoulder.

Sprinkle loose incense over charcoal to release the incense’s fragrance.

Choosing scents for incense and joss

Many dried plants can be used when making your own incense. 

  • Frankincense – lends its own name to ‘incense’ and is one of the most popular ingredients. It enhances positive emotions and creates a meditative atmosphere.
  • Jasmine – Oriental jasmine is a traditional perfume ingredient. It’s relaxing  scent can help loosen tension and inhibitions.
  • Lemongrass – This grass’s strong, sweetvsmell helps repel insects and is often used outside.
  • Myrrh – This resin with a warm, slightly bitter smell is used for its healing and sensually stimulating properties.
  • Patchouli – Patchouli can be used as both an antiseptic and a perfume. It is helpful for easing anxiety and stress.
  • Pine – The fresh, antiseptic smell of pine needles or copal (pine resin) banishes cigarette odours and can disinfect a sickroom.
  • Rose – Rose can be used to set the scene for seduction.

Choose your incense to create a romantic mood, cleanse a room or ease stress.

Author:

Join me in creativity, knitting/crochet free patterns and pointers... Creativityvsmadness creative projects that allow you timeout from the madness of everyday life! My sister site: Spiritualawakeningcvm16 Join me in my journal discovering the spiritual realm. Together we can discover angels, crystals, prayers and how to heal ourselves holistically. A little bit of mindfulness, meditation and tarot/oracle cards.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s