The practice of stillness, of simply breathing and paying attention to your senses can make a huge difference to your daily life.
“If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the Universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with the flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.” – Buddha
There have been numerous studies on the benefits associated with regular meditation. With interest in the practice continuously growing, many individuals are looking for ways to enhance their experience by using essential oils in their daily practice.
How to Use Essential Oils for Meditation
I get it, sometimes it can be difficult to calm your body and mind enough to sit still and meditate. Fortunately, several essential oils can help you relax and enjoy a peaceful practice.
There are several ways you can use essential oils to aid in meditation:
- Diffuser or room spray
- Create a roller bottle – mix your favorite essential oils with a carrier oil in a roller bottle. Roll onto your wrists, neck, or temples before your practice.
- Aromatherapy accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, and key chains
- Place a drop of oil in the palm of your hand, rub together and inhale
Benefits of Essential Oils
Beyond smelling great, essential oils are great for your health and well-being when you use them in a safe manner. By inhaling essential oils, your brain gives a signal to certain emotions that make you feel relaxed, centered, and uplifted.
Clinical trials have looked at how essential oils can alleviate conditions such as:
- Low appetite
- Dry mouth
The Best Essential Oils for Mindfulness
To help you stay mindful and connected with the earth is my passion and purpose, here are my recommended essential oils to use during meditation:
1. Lavender for relaxation
This is my all-time favorite and the most popular versatile and relaxing essential oils.
Lavender has a long history of use for dealing with stress and anxiety, and it continues to be one of the most frequently used essential oils to promote calmness.
2. Sandalwood for cleansing
The wonderful woody scent is known to take away negative thoughts when you are experiencing inner noise that is taking you away from the ability to focus, relax and meditate.
3. Frankincense for the mind, body, and soul
The woody and spicy scent is known as the “king of oils” for reason. It helps you connect with your spiritual self, stabilize your root chakra, reduce pain and inflammation, relieve stress and clear your nasal passages.
4. Peppermint for mental clarity
Peppermint is my personal favorite to use for morning or moving meditations or quick mental breaks during work as it packs a big punch of focus.
5. Vetiver for grounding
Known as the “oil of tranquility” – the rich, relaxing, and earthy aroma is believed to naturally calm an anxious and depressed mind, reduce insomnia, fatigue and help with concentration.
6. Clary sage to remove negative energies
This powerful essential oil improves your mood, helps you concentrate better, and focus on your breathing. It also promotes emotional balance, alertness and enhances memory recall.
Meditation is an incredibly profound, personal practice. That being said, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question ‘which one is good for you?’ Ultimately, what works for one person may not work for another, so always do what feels best for you.