Meditation is an ancient practice that is still being used today. For those that are new to this ancient practice or those that have many years of practice under their belt, essential oils can be used to enhance the transcendent experience. Below, we will discuss the 7 best essential oils for meditation and how you can incorporate them into your own practice.
“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place”—Bhagavad Gita
Meditation has been practiced around the world and across various since as early as 1500 BC. It has been speculated by some that it may have been around even longer than that.
The practice of silencing the mind by going inward and realizing that we are not our thoughts or emotions, we begin to understand that we are, in fact, observers to the inner workings of our body and mind.
This brings us a feeling of being connected to something greater than ourselves. This is why it has been considered spiritual or religious.
Whether you are spiritual, religious, or not, there are benefits to practicing meditation daily.
Meditation helps the mind from wandering past experiences and future worries and brings it into the present moment. This is called mindfulness.
However, many people struggle being able to calm their mind and ground themselves enough to be fully present in the moment. This is where essential oils can come into play.
Using Essential Oils for Meditation
There is not one way to meditate. There are many different methods, rituals, and personal preferences out there that may help guide people into a meditative state of mind. There is no one size fits all technique.
What works for some may not work for others, and that is okay.
One technique is using essential oils for meditation. Aromatherapy is a great tool to use to ground yourself in your body and in the moment. It can also create the calm and peaceful atmosphere needed by some to get into a deep, relaxed meditative state.
Using a diffuser is a simple and easy way to incorporate essential oils in meditation. There are also essential oil candles or burners that can be used as well.
Many people create their own essential oil blends and apply them topically on their wrists, temples, back of the neck, heart center, third eye, or behind their ears to bring them into a meditative state.
As I mentioned previously, it is not a one size fits all technique. So, have fun with it. Try something new and see if it fits. If it doesn’t, then leave it and move to something else. Explore the experience as you explore your mind.
The 7 Best Essential Oils for Meditation
Not all essential oils are the same. Yes, there many different essential oils that you can diffuse during meditation and you will most likely have a positive experience. However, some essential oils are used to boost energy and will not help you find stillness. Some essential oils can bring up nostalgic memories and have your minded wander in the past rather than living in the present moment.
If you want to get the most out of your meditation, these 7 essential oils may help you.
Frankincense is already associated with spirituality and religion because it was a gift given to baby Jesus by one of the Three Wise Men. What most people don’t realize is that it has been used around the world for various reasons. It has been used for medical, cosmetic, and spiritual purposes for over 5000 years. It has been known to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Frankincense essential oil creates a calming and grounding atmosphere during your meditation.
Lavender essential oil is the most highly distributed essential oil in the world – and it’s not surprising why. It has a diversity of uses and benefits that range from wound healing, household cleaning, to anxiety relief. Diffusing lavender essential oil during your meditation will bring your mind ease and peace. It is able to relax your body without being overly tired, groggy, and sleepy. It is a great essential oil to use in mediation at the end of the day before going to sleep.
3. Clary Sage
Clary sage essential oil is known for its anti-aging qualities and is in many cosmetics. However, it’s ability to promote youthful skin is not the only benefit of using this oil. Clary sage is great for cleansing negative energy of the space you use to meditate in. This essential oil is perfect to use when you’re in a bad headspace or stressed out from work. It will help calm your mind and ground you into the present moment.
Sandalwood has been linked to spirituality for thousands of years. It is widely used in Buddhist temples because the scent is believed to bring one closer to one’s divine nature. It is also believed to benefit healing work by promoting a deeply relaxed state while increasing one’s spiritual energy.
Vetiver essential oil is known for being an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent used in many skincare products. It also has many other benefits such as reducing anxiety and possibly helping people with ADHD focus their mind on a task. When it comes to meditation, vetiver essential oil is great to use to decrease mental fatigue, improve alertness, and improve your breathing patterns.
Very much like a tree, cedarwood essential oil grounds you like roots growing into the earth, while at the same time uplifting your spirit and promoting expansion of the mind like branches stretching up towards the sky. It has a sweet and woodsy scent when diffused and is perfect for mindful meditation.
7. Palo Santo
Palo Santo comes from a South American tree that means “Holy Wood” in Spanish. It has been used by native shamans to ward off bad energies by burning the wood. The smoke is believed to be cleansing and protecting. More recently, people have also begun diffusing palo santo essential oil for the same purposes. It has the ability to ground and center you while you meditate.