The Best Essential Oils For Meditation
Fragrances have been an important part of rituals and meditation for thousands of years in almost every culture around the world, and the many different scents were believed to elevate users to different states of consciousness and relaxation.
Using essential oils for meditation and rituals is a fantastic way to induce these various states of relaxation and can be utilised in many ways. You can put a few drops on your wrist pulse points or your third eye. You can diffuse them through the air or you can make a spray.
And as there is a strong link between smell and memory, if you continue to use the same oils, over time the memory of the scent will help bring you into the relaxed meditative state that you desire more quickly.
See also A Beginner’s Guide To Meditation
But which oils are the most beneficial for your meditation practice?
Here are 12 of the best scents for meditation:
Frankincense is one of the most sacred essential oils for spirituality. It’s probably because it’s been linked to different spiritual rituals and ceremonies – for healing, cleansing and enlightenment – in many different cultures, for thousands of years. It helps to increase our faith and connection to higher self.
Myrrh has one of the highest levels of sesquiterpene in an essential oil. Sesquiterpene’s delete bad information in cellular memory so inhaling this oil can help to eliminate negative thoughts. It can help reduce stress, bring focus and can assist in a deep spiritual “opening” while bringing calm and tranquility.
Sandalwood is very helpful in healing emotional and spiritual wounds, as it opens the heart and helps to promote trust. It’s also quite grounding.
Neroli has a pleasant floral fragrance and can help you to be more self-accepting, face your fears and accept the work you need to do for yourself. The fragrance can also inspire creativity and encourage a regular spiritual practice.
Rose is the fragrance of love, both the human and the Divine kind. It opens the heart to receive love, particularly self-love and a deeper connection to the spiritual world.
Vetiver is extremely grounding and can be especially beneficial if you have a tendency to wander and lose focus during your meditation practice.
7. Palo Santo
Palo Santo is considered to be a cousin to Frankincense and loosely translated means Holy Wood. It has been used for hundreds years by shamans for spiritual applications. It is grounding and calming and can elicit a sense of peacefulness and calm.
Cedarwood encourages us to focus inward. It can also help to illuminate your need for meditation and return you to your spiritual path when obstacles have made it difficult.
Lavender is one of the most versatile oils. It is readily available and there are many different varieties. Lavender is known for its relaxation properties and helps promote sleep. It blends well with most other oils.
Bergamot is slightly reminiscent of orange oil. It has an underlying floral scent which has an emotional uplifting affect and is great for helping alleviate depressive, sad or grief stricken emotional states.
11. Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang is an extremely calming and relaxing oil. It can help release feelings of anger and tension and mixes well with patchouli and frankincense.
Sage is cleaning and purifying and can assist in removing negative energies. It is grounding and restores both balance and energy.
You can use each of these oils on their own or as a specific meditation essential oil blend. If you’re not sure where to begin, I’ve created this easy guide to essential oils that will help you pick which oils to blend, based on your current mood or desired outcome such as to invoke self-love or ease anxiety.
Alternatively, here are are three different blends of essential oils that you could use, depending on the intention of your meditation.
Grounding Meditation Blend
- 3 drops of Sandalwood or Patchouli
- 3 drops of Frankincense
- 3 drops of Bergamot
Relaxing Meditation Blend
- 5 drops of Lavender
- 3 drops of Cedarwood
- 2 drop of Bergamot
Calming Meditation Blend
- 3 drops of Ylang Ylang
- 3 drops of Frankincense
- 2 drops of Patchouli
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