I have begun using incense in my yoga and meditation practice for the past couple of years. I have found that it brings me added focus, calm and relaxation. Its been a journey to find incense that is natural and not permeated with alcohol, dyes and artificial fragrance. Through my own research and interest in Ayurveda and herbalism, I began experimenting making my own incense. One of the easiest and fastest recipes I have formulated is one that contains resin, plants and flowers, in addition to a touch of oils.
In my own experience, I have found that the easiest way to burn this incense is on a self-igniting charcoal round in a heat proof bowl. Before placing the charcoal in the bowl, put ash or sand in the bowl to give it insulation. If using sand, form a peak with the sand and place the charcoal round on top of the peak. This is to ensure that the round is not smothered by the sand, which prevents the round from burning properly. If using ash, it isn’t necessary to form the peak with the ash as ash is breathable. When ready to burn the incense, take a pinch of it and place it on top of the charcoal round that you have previously lit. Make sure you burn the incense it in a well-ventilated area.
Natural Incense for Yoga & Meditation Practice
- 1/2 tsp. white sage
- 1 tsp. sandalwood
- 2 tsp. frankincense beads
- ½ tsp. lavender
- ¼ tsp. rose petals
- ¼ tsp. jojoba oil
- 2 drops frankincense essential oil
- Place all ingredients (except the oils) in a mortar and pestle and grind together until it reaches a medium consistency;
- Add the oils and stir with a spoon until thoroughly incorporated;
- Place in a pot with a lid for storage.