Have you been considering adding essential oils into your meditation practice? I can help. I have been practicing meditation for close to a year now, however, not very consistently at first. It wasn’t until about 6 months ago that I started trying to do it daily. And let me tell you, when I don’t start my day with it, I feel off balance all day. It’s crazy to think that sitting quietly would do so much good! I used to think it was all bullshit if I’m being honest. But that was before I found myself neck deep in the land of woo-woo! But you don’t have to believe in all of the spiritual and woo-woo stuff to practice meditating.
According to Wikipedia, Meditation is is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state,
So it has nothing to do with your religion or spirituality. It’s more about your emotional and mental health in my opinion. It’s a great way to relieve stress from work, family, etc. I have found it to make a huge difference when it comes to my depression and anxiety. It’s about trying to create stillness and calm within.
When you add in the use of essential oils, it provides something to focus on – the fragrance. It’s important to not use an aroma that will evoke a specific memory that will just flood your mind with thoughts since the theory behind meditation is to clear your mind. So remember that when you are blending. You also don’t want one scent that will overpower the others, you need a balance. You may also find it helpful at first to just pick one essential oil to use and then build up to a blend as your practice progresses. As you continue on your practice, you may wish to change your blends frequently as each blend can bring a different energy.
When meditating, in my personal opinion, there is no wrong way to do it. I recently purchased a meditation pillow because I have trouble sitting for a period of time on the floor, even my yoga mat didn’t help. However, there are days where even the pillow doesn’t feel comfortable if I’m having a nagging tailbone type day. I will lay down during meditation. There are plenty of opinions out there that you should remain in a seated position so that the energy flows freely along your center. I’m ok with lying down, I still feel as though I’m filled with the energy of the meditation whether I’m seated or lying down. To each his own I guess. I say to do what feels comfortable to you. Kind of like exercising, as long as you are attempting to do it, you are attempting to improve yourself and that can’t be wrong!
A few popular essential oils that are used in meditation and spiritual practices around the world are Pine, Hyssop, Myrrh, Rose, Vetiver, Clove, Orange. Now, this is a very small list but basically outlines that oils from all categories such as Conifers, Resins, Herbs, Flowers, Roots, Spices and Fruits can be used within your practice.
If you are wanting to meditation on something specific, such as relieving fear, guilt, unworthiness, or letting go, there are some specific oils to go with each emotion.
Fear: Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Ginger, Cypress, Sandalwood, Bergamot
Guilt: Juniper, Jasmine, Clary Sage, Pine, Clove, Rose Otto
Unworthiness: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Geranium
Letting Go: Pine, Coriander, Frankincense, Juniper, Lemon, Cypress
Best Way To Use
Diluted with carrier and applied under nose, on temples and along jawline, on wrists
Diluted and a few drops in your hand, rub together. Then you can have your hands in prayer fashion and breathe in the aroma
DIY Recipes – I’d recommend starting with equal drops of each oil into a carrier and see how the aroma effects you. You can always add more to your liking. We will use a 2% dilution in the blend which is 10 drops essential oil to 1ounce (2TBSP) carrier.
Pine, Sweet Orange