Meditation is growing in popularity here in the West. People are finding that with regular meditation they feel more calm, focused and connected. For many, it’s a new thing. However, meditation itself is not new at all. People have been meditating for centuries and different cultures have developed different methods they prefer. In some meditation practices, the use of sacred botanicals is employed to aid in the overall meditation experience. And one of those botanicals is Frankincense. Often burned as a resin, Frankincense is also available as an essential oil and just like in the past, it is a fantastic aid for meditation.
You could easily anoint your temples or wrists with this fantastic botanical elixir, or you could use it in the diffuser for your morning or evening meditation session. Both of these are great options, but the buck doesn’t stop there. When combined with some silky smooth and hydrating carrier oils and plant butters, Frankincense essential oil makes a fantastic botanical meditation balm. To make your own you will need:
- Frankincense essential oil
- ¼ cup Raw Shea butter
- ¼ cup Coconut oil
- Double boiler (or small bowl and pot to use instead)
- Spoon for mixing
- Tin or glass jar for storing
Add your Shea butter and Coconut oil to your double boiler over low to medium low heat and allow them to slowly melt. You don’t want them to heat up very much so it may take a little while but it’s worth it. When your oils have melted remove bowl from heat source and add in 20 drops of your Frankincense essential oil. Stir in and take a whiff to make sure the aroma is of a strength that you enjoy. Remember that this is a meditation balm and so the Frankincense needs to be prominent but also not overwhelming; feel free to adjust the essential oil amount as you see fit. Once ready, transfer your balm into your container of choice and set in the fridge or cool place and allow it to solidify. You can store this in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight.
Use whenever you would like some calming, focusing, mentally elevating assistance in your meditations. This would also be great for any time you simply want to relax and feel uplifted. Rub it on your temples, wrists, back of neck, heart center and even the soles of your feet for a timeless way to help you meditate.