6 Sacred Tools Used By The Mayas For Healing and Expanded Consciousness

Ancient healing secrets are making a come back, and for good reason. These golden nuggets of knowledge bring more than radiant health and a strong bod.

With every healing ritual, our intuitive powers crackle from within. Wild possibilities and portals to hidden truths suddenly illuminate the path ahead. So that even in the darkest of times, we have a grand vision for longterm success.

The early Maya from southeastern Mexico and northern Central America were spiritual influencers that paved the way for many modern healing practices. When they mysteriously disappeared at around 900 AD, they left an array of divine works of art, architecture, calendars and hieroglyphics that illustrate modern spiritual truths.

Mayan ruins

For the Maya, health was all about balancing the energetic scales in the body. Of course, not everyone followed the Maya recipe for vibrant health. For those poor sick souls, the Maya healers would treat both the body and spirit with everything from plant medicine, acupuncture and massage to hydrotherapy and prayer. Sounds like our modern day healer!

The Mayas were also insightful mappers of the movements of the celestial bodies. They developed an intricate cosmology and mathematical system that explained the past and even predicted the future.

This advanced civilization clearly had a few tricks up their colorful skirts. Here are the Maya’s top six tools for healing and expanded consciousness:


Copal Resin

Native to Mexico and Central America, copal resin is a Copaiba tree resin used to ceremonially burn incense. When you burn copal, the smoke zaps away negative energy, leaving your auric field squeaky clean. With a pure mind, body and soul, you’re ready for an intense spiritual journey.

While Mexican churches still burn copal on the Day of the Dead, this ancient cleanser goes way back to the Maya civilisation. Our ancestors used copal to induce trances and to aid with divination. In one ritual, fourteen grains of corn were passed through the smoke, then tossed on the ground. They would then interpret the patterns on the ground to predict the future.

Modern Uses: Burn copal resins to cleanse the space and enhance your psychic powers during meditation and rituals.

Using tongs, light a charcoal disk with a lighter for about 20 seconds until tiny sparks begin to crackle. Then, place the lit charcoal in your incense burner. Let the charcoal warm for a few minutes before adding a small amount of copal resin on top of the charcoal. Enjoy the aromatic oils that are released through the smoke.


Blue Lotus

Are you ready for a euphoric, dreamy experience? The Mayas were no strangers to this water lily’s magical powers. Blue lotus contains a psychoactive alkaloid called aporphine, which ignites warm rays of happiness in the mind, body and spirit.

When you get a whiff of blue lotus, stress is whisked away, leaving you oh so relaxed and filled with love. This aphrodisiac also opens the third eye to an expanded universe with limitless possibilities.

Modern Uses: During meditation and rituals, you can burn blue lotus powder using the same method for burning copal resin.



Under the luminous moonlight, frangipani releases an intoxicating fragrance that woos the sphinx moth to its flower bed. However, once the moth enters its sanctuary, it finds no nectar. The trickster flower only needs the poor moth for pollination, leaving him utterly disappointed.

Frangipani may disappoint the sphinx moth, but not us. Its divine fragrance heightens the vibrations of everything around it. For the Mayas, it represented female sexuality and their fertility goddesses.

Modern Uses: Make a tea out of the dried petals to relax and feel the love.


Balsam de Peru

From a tree native to Central and South America, Balsam de Peru oil was a Maya fav for treating wounds. The Mayas also used this grounding oil to give colds and fevers a kick in the bee-hind.

With its warm vanilla notes, Balsam de Peru also cracks open the heart space, bringing unconditional love and compassion to your relationships.

Modern Uses: For powerful pranayama practices, pain relief and Heart Chakra healing, add 10-12 drops of Balsam de Peru essential oil to a 10 ml amber or blue roll on bottle. Next, fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil and swirl. Apply to your pulse points to enjoy.


Pure Cacao

Hands down my favorite goddess in the Maya pantheon is Ixcacao. The goddess of cacao banishes emotional and physical hunger through chocolate medicine. Need I say more?

pure cacao

As many Mayas ascended the temple steps to sacrifice themselves (apparently human sacrifice was a thing), Ixcacao stood by their side in spirit, offering chocolate to ease the pain.

Those sweet little beans were much more than soul food for our Maya ancestors. They were even used as currency throughout the empire. Imagine having your wallet filled with sweet, chocolatey goodness. Every bean represented a sweet token of abundance.

Modern Uses: Host a cacao ceremony by drinking a cup of pure cacao to call in divine love. You’ll also get a boost in magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, potassium, fiber and flavanols.



Azurite crystals are known for releasing stress, while activating the Third Eye Chakra, your center for intuition. With the Higher Self in the drivers seat, the Mayas would harness the powers of those sparkling blueberry crystals to telepathically transfer knowledge.

Modern Uses: Hold azurite in your hands during meditation or rituals to invite your spirit guides into your space. Azurite also enhances psychic powers, cleanses the subconscious of negativity and brings cosmic clarity.

May these tools help you truly heal and see beyond the veil of our limited reality. Most things are not as they seem and with a little help from our Maya ancestors, there’s no limit to what you might find.

Do you use any of these tools? If so, share your revelations in the comments.

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