ESSENTIAL OILS FOR MEDITATION

ESSENTIAL OILS AND MEDITATION

In the midst of contemporary lives characterized by constant business, quick movements, scattered attention, insufficient recharging, and often fatigue, the practice of meditation promotes mental health, clarity, mindfulness, spiritual cleansing, relaxation, and higher states of consciousness to replace the anxieties and divided attention with a sense of awareness. Essential Oils with naturally pleasant aromas are believed to support and sometimes enhance the quality of a meditative experience. Although the ideal Essential Oil depends on the individuals preference, there are many oils that have gained popularity for their uplifting and focus-enhancing benefits when used in meditation, prayer, and other practices of mindfulness. With each use of an individual essential oil, the chosen aroma may come to facilitate the ideal meditative state as each use strengthens the association of the scent to the practice. 


BENEFITS OF USING ESSENTIAL OILS IN MEDITATION

When Essential Oils are used the practice of meditation, they can help to center, ground, and focus the mind and are said to help eliminate or reduce negative energy and self-talk from the body and mind by encouraging insightful, elevating feelings of positivity, inspiration, motivation, gratitude, and self-respect. Additionally, Essential Oils are believed to ease, calm, and soothe the body as a whole. For higher purposes, such as meditation, it is recommended that only the highest quality therapeutic essential oils be used in order to derive the most beneficial therapeutic effect.


10 BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR MEDITATION AND

MINDFULNESS PRACTICES

Generally, the ideal Essential Oils for most mindfulness practices are those with aromas and properties that inspire the feelings of calmness, centeredness, grounding, and concentration. The following is a list of some of my favorite and I use them when I practice meditation, spirituality, and any other forms of mindfulness practices.

RECOMMENDED OIL ATTRIBUTED BENEFITS

Frankincense

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  • Cleanses the spirit
  • Promotes a sense of enlightenment
  • Boosts faith in self
  • Strengthens awareness of and connection to higher, spiritual self/consciousness  
  • Promotes feelings of being mentally balanced, grounded, and receptive to new experiences and thoughts
  • Reduces stress, pain, nasal congestion, and inflammation, which can be distracting to meditation

Myrrh

  • Cleanses the body’s cellular memory of negative thoughts and emotions
  • Reduces stress
  • Promotes mental focus
  • Supports spiritual opening
  • Encourages feelings of rest and tranquility

Sandalwood

  • Helps to mend emotional and spiritual wounds
  • Inspires emotional openness and promotes ability to trust
  • Supports feeling of being grounded
  • Cleanses the mind of negative thoughts and sentiments that diminish mental clarity
  • Quiets inner noise/mental chatter, helping to focus on breathing
  • Promotes the feeling of a calm body at peace
  • Encourages rest
  • Supports alertness

Neroli

  • Promotes self-acceptance, self-love, courage, and personal responsibility
  • Spurs creative energy
  • Stimulates determination to practice spirituality regularly
  • Centers the mind and body
  • Strengthens mental clarity, mindfulness, as well as a sense of contentment and serenity
  • Reduces sadness, stress, pain, and inflammation, which can be distracting to meditation and which can interfere with the ability to get restful sleep

Vetiver

  • Helps the wandering mind to concentrate during mindfulness practices
  • Has soothing and calming effects on the body and mind
  • Addresses symptoms of insomnia
  • Helps to ground the spirit
  • Inspires calmness and quietude of the mind to support concentration
  • Encourages the body and mind to wind down after a demanding day
  • Reduces anxiety, exhaustion, and feelings of aggression, depression, fear, and insecurity

Palo Santo

  • Promotes feelings of being grounded and calm
  • Eliminates negative thoughts and sentiments
  • Expels negative energy from a meditative space

Cedarwood

  • Encourages turning inward to focus on the higher self, especially when attention is divided
  • Helps to reestablish a personal spiritual path when individuals feel hindered
  • Protects against negative energy
  • Exhibits calming and grounding effects on the spirit and mind

Lavender

 

  • Promotes the sense of relaxation, emotional stability, and mental clarity
  • Inspires restful and quality sleep
  • Reduces anxiety, sadness, restlessness, and general emotional imbalance
  • Inspires focus and enhances sense of enlightenment

Ylang Ylang

 

  • Exhibits exceptional calming and relaxing properties
  • Promotes the release of negative sentiments, such as stress, sadness, anger, frustration, and nervous tension
  • Uplifts the mood  

Sage

 

  • Cleanses the body, mind, and indoor spiritual spaces of negative energies
  • Replenishes waning energy
  • Stimulates, clarifies, and grounds the mind and spirit
  • Uplifts the mood
  • Promotes emotional balance
  • Comforts and strengthens the senses to ease negative moods such as fatigue
  • Promotes a sense of attentiveness and enhances memory recall
  • Eases respiratory discomforts

HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR MEDITATION

The method of application for Essential Oils during meditation depends on the intention and objective of the user. The application method as well as the choice of Essential Oils may vary for each meditative practice, depending on the mood or intention of each day.

TOPICAL APPLICATION: If applying oils directly to the skin, ensure that they are diluted first. A few drops can be diluted in a Carrier Oil and the blend can be rubbed on the pulse points, such as the wrist and inner elbow. Those who believe in a third eye can dab a small amount onto this area and massage it into the skin. If there are any sore areas of the body, Essential Oils may be applied to these areas to help redirect the mind way from focusing on the bodily discomfort and to enhance mental focus on meditation. Diluted Essential Oils may also be rubbed into the palms for inhalation that is self-determined.

DIFFUSER or ROOM SPRAY: For an ambient atmosphere that inspires improved focus and invigorates the senses, the chosen Essential Oils can be diffused or they can be diluted in a spray bottle of water to create a room spray.

STEAM DIFFUSER: This method diffuses Essential Oils through mist, either a cool mist or a hot mist similar to a humidifier. This method is ideal for extended periods of diffusion, as the aroma is longer-lasting. NDA recommends avoiding prolonged exposure to Essential Oils, especially when sleeping.

CANDLE DIFFUSER: This type of diffuser comes in the form of a tea light candle holder – which can be made of various materials, including ceramic, glass, soap stone, terracotta, or metal – that features a small bowl or a concave hollow above the place of the candle in which Essential Oils are meant to be poured. As the lit candle warms the Essential Oils above it, the aroma of the oils is diffused throughout the room. An additional benefit is that these candle holders make visually-appealing additions to meditation spaces.

While the use of individual Essential Oils is the traditional, classic manner of applying them, their beneficial properties are known to be heightened when they are used in combination with one or more other beneficial Essential Oils, which can help to supplement the positive effects – individual experimentation is encouraged!

Clarity Blend: Made up of Basil, Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Lemon oils.

Calm BlendMade up of Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram Sweet, Palmarosa, and Ylang Ylang oils.

Relax Blend: Made up of Blood Orange, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Patchouli, and Ylang Ylang oils.

Several, if not all, of the oils in these lists are known to improve the mood, uplift the spirit, clear the mind, promote rest and easy breathing, as well as comfort aches, inflammation, and irritation. They can be diffused, used to make a room freshener, or be applied as a roll-on personal scent or body spray.

DIY ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS FOR MEDITATION

CALMING

  • Cedarwood – 2 drops
  • Palo Santo – 3 drops
  • Sandalwood – 3 drops

 GROUNDING

  • Frankincense – 2 drops
  • Sage – 2 drops
  • Vetiver – 2 drops

RELAXING

  • Lavender – 3 drops
  • Neroli – 3 drops
  • Ylang Ylang – 2 drops

What essential oils or essential oils blends do you enjoy? Let us know in the comments!

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