Frankincense and myrrh have been used since ancient times in ceremonial and religious rites. According to Science Daily burning frankincense and resin "activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression." Burning frankincense and myrrh resin in your own home is easy. All you need is a self-lighting coal, a bit of sand and a dish. Roughly 1/4 tsp of resin chunks, cones or powder will burn for five to 10 minutes.
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Things you need
- Self-Lighting Coal
- Coal tongs
Fill a small abalone shell or clay (or other material that will not transfer heat) dish with 1 inch of sand. Place it on a non-combustible surface like a metal trivet.
Hold the self-lighting coal by its outer edge with the charcoal tongs. Hold the lighter's flame against one of the outer edges until the coal sparks. Keep the lighter held to the edge until the sparks spread all the way across the surface of the coal. Kill the flame.
Place the coal in the centre of the dish, on top of the sand.
Place roughly 1/4 tsp resin on the coal. Do not use any more than a 1/4 tsp resin or you will smother the coal.
Scrape the ash off of the top of the coal with your tongs once the resin burns away.
Replenish the resin as needed until the coal burns out.
Tips and warnings
- If you are done burning resin before the coal burns out, leave it on the sand until it expires. Or, slide the coal into a container of water to make sure that it is out before discarding it.
- Never touch the coal with your bare fingers, even if you think it is burnt out. A hot coal can burn you.
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