If you are looking for ways to enhance your meditation practice, you may be curious about how to use essential oils for meditation. Also known as oil of the plant, ethereal or volatile oils, they are the essence of plants. Throughout history, essential oils have been used to treat simple treatments like skin conditions all the way through to more complex conditions like insomnia, dementia, depression, and anxiety. While in the modern world this use is rare, essential oils are commonly used as an alternative to medication.
While there are no clear records that show essential oils can cure diseases, they help in promoting positive energy and well-being. In this article, we will offer suggestions on how to incorporate essential oils into your meditation practice. Our recommendations include some of the best and most popular essential oils used by meditators, along with different methods you can use to incorporate them into your meditation practice.
The best essential oils for meditation
Essential oils are different from each other. They all have different benefits. Some oils are suited perfectly for enhancing moods and meditation while others are perfect for medication. Unless you are looking for other benefits, you will probably go for essential oils that promote relaxation and help relieve stress. As you begin to experiment with essential oils, here is a list of essential oils you can use to enhance meditation.
Juniper Berry – Juniperus communis.
Juniper aids in strengthen spiritual will, it clears & cleanses a room of negative energies. It also protects against negative influences. It clears energetic blockages. It aids in strengthening willpower & eases fear of failure. It restores confidence & increases self-worth. Juniper dispels mental stagnation & assists clairvoyance if used for the right reasons. It helps us to connect to & act from our highest ideals. It can bring enlightenment.
Sandalwood – Santalum album
Sandalwood essential oil is distilled from the trees usually found in India - the same fragrant wood from which is used to make mala bracelets. Sandalwood is an excellent essential oil for meditation because it helps to inspire a sense of inner peace; it is very calming and allow users to focus on their breathing. It’s good for meditation as it also reduces stress.
Atlas Cedarwood – Cedrus atlantica
Atlas Cedarwood essential oil is steam distilled from a coniferous evergreen tree found in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It is perfect for meditation, especially during instability and chaos, as it defends against negativity, and is calming and grounding. It helps bring focus inward and the attention to one point when it feels like you are directing your attention in thousands of directions.
Patchouli – Pogostemon cablin
Patchouli is steam distilled from a plant found in the tropical regions of Asia. Patchouli oil acts as an insect repellent and deterrent, but it is a calming and grounding essential oil when used for meditation. It's a great oil to invest in as it has anti-aging properties and helps calm your mind in a similar way to wine!
Clary sage – Salvia sclarea
Clary sage derives from an herb commonly found in North Africa, the northern Mediterranean basin and central Asia. Clary sage essential oil is steam distilled from the buds and leaves of the herb to create a yellow or golden Clary sage essential oil. Clary sage oil is a great addition to meditation blend because of its stress-relieving effects, especially when you have a hard time relaxing and unplugging.
Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
Lavender is a common essential oil loved for its calming and sedative properties. It is a must-have for your meditation as it can help in fighting stress, and aid relaxation, focus, and a calm mind. As expected, lavender oils have a fresh, sweet scent and can be used for aromatherapy to treat asthma, insect bites, and allergies.
Neroli – Citrus aurantium spp. Amara flos
Neroli is another essential oil used for meditation. It is a potent essential oil that should be blended with other essential oils before use. Neroli is perfect for fighting negative emotions, stress and enhances meditation before going to bed. It stimulates sleep by fighting stress and promoting relaxation.
How to use Essential Oils for meditation.
Once you’ve decided the kind of essential oils you will use to accompany your meditation, you have a few options for how to incorporate them into your practice. In my practice, I use an Ultrasonic Diffuser. Without using heat, the vaporized oil is subsequently diffused into the room’s atmosphere as a nice soft mist.
There are many ways to use essential oils in meditation, here are a few options you can consider.
Ultrasonic cold diffuser – With an ultrasonic diffuser, you can reap the benefits of aromatherapy – and to much greater effect – without the risk of burns, wax spills, or other accidents.
Aroma candles – With our OM candle or any candle suitable for your meditation.
Bamboo reed diffuser – A customised OM Bamboo reed diffuser is available upon request.
Herbal therapy pack / pillow – During a savasana or deep inner meditation, arrange your herbal eye pillow on your lids and let it assist in deep relaxation.
Ar’home’s “OM” is a meditative blend of essential oils. Add a few drops to your diffuser to let the aroma fill the room. “Om” is a specific blend of essential oils and fragrance that can be used via candle and fragrance diffuser. It includes Juniperberry essential oil, Neroli fragrance oil & Patchouli essential oil.
Order our OM candles & Fragrance diffuser for your own meditation or group meditation.
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