Mumio is an ancient Russian shamanic incense.(Rätsch 2001 60)

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Mumio Recipe:

"Flowers of the female Cannabis plant, juniper needles, wild thyme, and spruce resin are combined in equal parts and tossed in a bowl. From there, they are tossed onto glowing coals. Then, participants would inhale the smoke for its psychoactive effects."(Rätsch 2001 60) Clearly the main psychoactive ingredient here is Cannabis, yet it seems obvious that ancient practitioners had a purpose for adding the other ingredients to the mixture. On this page I will discuss each ingredient and my thoughts on aromatherapy and incense such as mumio.

Too often do people fall victim to modern toxic incense that come in those corporate boxes with misleading labels. There is nothing natural about them. Throughout history, cultures made their own incense just like Mumio. These aromatherapy scents were actually used as medicine instead of just something to smell nice. They also didn't contain un-authentic ingredients that many find irritating to the respiratory system. It seems to me the idea behind this is to understand each items properties, and to choose and combine herbs and aromas that work together synergistically. It helps to understand the phytochemical contents of each ingredient, and the traditional use of these ethnobotanicals in herbalism or herbal medicine.

We all know that most people don't have enough legal Cannabis to be throwing heaping piles of it on to burning coals. Obviously you can't legally use Cannabis unless you live in a state like Colorado, Washington, or Oregon either. Never the less, the information is good to know for those interested in this type of research. While the traditional method was to take deep inhalations of the smoke, it could simply be burned like a regular incense without taking deep lung fulls of the smoke. Either way, you're going to inhale it. In a perfect world, people would have enough legal Cannabis to burn it like this. Imagine your home filled with some natural aromatic scents like this without fear of tyranny or running out of medicine due to the over abundance. One can dream, right?


Juniper is a plant that grows beautiful berries. Like the pine tree ( Pinus elliottii ), the needles of Juniper also are believed to have medicinal qualities. "Throughout history Juniper was used to ward off infections, treat inflammatory diseases, and wounds. The Native Americans treated a wide variety of complaints with it including eye problems and wounds. Modern herbalist utilize its diuretic qualities, and for bladder infections, arthritis, bronchitis, gout, and intestinal cramps."(Swerdlow 2000 363)

"Different parts of the plant were used. The leaf was used raw as a compress for burns. The twigs were used as a compress for their antiseptic properties, and to treat acne, athletes foot, and dandruff. The berries were steeped and made into a paste for hemorrhaging."(Rain 1990 134) As we can see, these medicinal benefits are a great addition to the infusion, adding to its potential as a therapeutic aromatic tool. We can also see that there are many ways to utilize plants for their medicinal value, and that different parts of the plants are used for different ailments, and in different fashions.

Wild Thyme

Many people wonder or don't understand how plants such as thyme could possibly act as a medicine. Phytochemistry teaches us that scientific inquiry into plants is more prevalent today than ever before. This branch of chemistry studies the complex pharmacological constituents that plants produce.[4] Wild Thyme contains Thymol (19.4-60.1%), γ-terpinene (0.3-13.8%) and p-cymene (3.5-10.4%), to name a few.[3] Thymol is a chemical made by the plant that has great industrial importance. It's used in products like Listerine for its medicinal qualities. This is just one phytochemical found in Thyme. Now we can begin to understand why it was added to the Mumio incense.

Spruce Resin

Spruce resin, the forth ingredient in the Mumio recipe, has been used as a poultice or salve for wounds & other topical ailments, aching, inflammation, painful irritations, in various historic recipes, and for general respiratory and nervous system health.[6] It too contains complex phytochemicals which makes it a natural and therapeutic substance. We can see how combining different organic medicines can create a powerful and synergistic blend of therapeutic qualities. Ancient healers were essential masters of the art of infusing various plants to create potent medicines.

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