Seeing Is Believing: A Beginner Flying Ointment for the Modern Spiritual Worker
As a modern, beginner-level interpretation of a medieval flying ointment made from Mugwort and Yarrow, The Card and Vine's Meditation Balm is designed to create enhanced focus and awareness for those who practice meditation as part of their daily spiritual practice or desire help in opening their "third eye" psychic abilities.
The Card and Vine's Meditation Balm recipe is based on herbs found in traditional flying ointments like those described by the esteemed herbalist Sarah Anne Lawless—though without the psychoactive nightshades that in unwise quantities can spark terrible hallucinations and visions in the uninitiated.
Instead, this beginner flying ointment is based on grapeseed oil solar infused with mugwort, yarrow, and rosemary for many months. Then, careful proportions of coconut oil and beeswax turn this oil into a proper balm. Finally, frankincense and myrrh essential oils are added, with rosemary essential oil and liquid Vitamin E serving as natural preservatives.
How to Use The Card and Vine's Meditation Balm
Apply a little of the Meditation Balm to your forehead, the top of your spine, your inner wrists, and the bottoms of your feet, and then settle into your meditative breathing pattern. Keep a notebook and pen nearby to journal your experiences when you're done, along with a glass of water.
When I apply the Meditation Balm to my forehead and the top of my spine, I can feel something like a weighted pressure that helps lift me from the mundane, making it easier for me to quiet my mind and focus on the task at hand—and then I just let my inner spirit lead me. I've also experienced lucid dreaming when applying the Balm before bed, able to adjust the scene and circumstances while remembering the "storyline" of the dream more clearly on waking.
Meditation Balm Ingredients:
Cold-pressed Grapeseed Oil infused with Mugwort, Yarrow, and Rosemary; Coconut Oil; Wax; Vitamin E; and essential oils of Myrrh, Frankincense, and Rosemary.
Use within six months of purchase if you do not keep in the fridge. I've had mine last up to a year when stored in the refridgerator, but any cool place will do. If it "melts," pop it in the fridge and it should resolidify. However, if it gets too hot, the preservatives and essential oils in the balm may break down too much. So don't leave it in the car!
Please see The Card and Vine's FAQ pagefor more aboutthe responsible use of any herbal substances.
Specific guidance for Meditation Balm:
Don't eat this! The Meditation Balm is meant for topical use only.
Don't use if you have allergies to anything in it.
Don't use it on small kids (like under 10), since their bodies are still growing and are smaller than an adult's.
If you're pregnant, epileptic, suffer high blood pressure, or are otherwise sick, please check with a medical professional first before using any herbal or aromatherapy product. It may be contraindicated for your condition or your current batch of medications.
I can help a bit by telling you what I know about an herb or oil's history of interaction according to my studies and experience, but your doctor knows best. Personal communication with me should not be substituted for talking with a formal medical professional.
Test any new product on a small patch of skin to ensure you don't have any reactions. If you do have a reaction, well, then stop using it! It's not "expressing toxins" or any such nonsense. You're having an allergic reaction and you shouldn't use it!
Finally, it should be clear that the FDA has not reviewed or approved the statements I have made regarding any sort of effect or uses of these products or the ingredients therein. My products and information are neither intended nor guaranteed to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. No outcome is assured, and by purchasing these products, you agree that you understand these statements and thereby assume all responsibility for using them and their outcomes.
If you ever have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to ask! (Oh, and please note that I'm in the middle of a rebranding initiative, so the balm will be in new containers and not the metal tins depicted. I had problems with it basically vacuum-sealing shut, then "exploding" on customers when they managed to pry it open. Oops!)