The Best Essential Oils for Meditation

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Most of us live very busy, productive lives that cause us to feel too busy and frantic. Meditation has been a practice that has helped people reach a state of serenity and calm for thousands of years. Some physicians prescribe meditation as way to lower blood pressure and to even help improve sleep. We use essential oils for meditation to support our practice.

Meditation has been proven to benefit us on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels. In 2013, it was recommended  that all of Corporate America should meditate as a way to stay calm and increase productivity. In studies done at UCLA, mindful patients showed more activity in the areas that calm down emotional response, known as the prefrontal cortex; and less activation in the amygdala, an area of the brain that plays a role in stress.

Those of us who know and understand essential oils are aware of the fact that they can instantly affect our brains through our limbic system, creating a sense of peace and well-being. Isn’t that something that we are looking to create? Essential oils can be very beneficial in supporting us in the practice of meditation, in any form, whether it be prayer or meditative breathing exercises.

How Essential Oils Can Help

That being said, there are no hard and fast answers to the question, “what oils are good for X?”  We always give people some suggestions that work for us or have worked for our clients. However, what works for one person may not work for you! For example, what might be grounding for us, may create a sense of expansion or have an effect on bringing a certain awareness of being “outside” one’s body. While some may think that is the ultimate goal of meditation, in our spiritual training, we have incarnated to live within our bodies in a healthy, balanced spiritual manner.

Top Essential Oils for Meditation

There are many oils to choose from to enhance meditation, which depends entirely on the meditation’s intention. For example to meditate and connect with self and deep within, oils such as Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides), Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), and Spikenard aka Nard (Nardostachys jatamansi). (Spikenard is the oil that Mary used to anoint Jesus’s feet) are grounding, stabilizing and assist in going inward. If, however, the desire is to connect with Source and all that IS in an expansive way, oils such as Palo santo (Bursera graveolens), Frankincense (Boswellia sacra), Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) and Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) are uplifting, protective and expansive. BTW, did you know that back in the day, Nostradamus used Nutmeg to enhance his visions?

Other essential oils and extracts commonly associated with meditation and spirituality are the ones associated with the Bible. Frankincense (Boswellia species), Galbanum (Ferula galbaniflua), and Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha). These three oils are distilled or extracted from Resins. Oils that are extracted/distilled from resins are wonderful to assist us with matters of the Spirit and psyche. They are very powerful when used in prayer, rituals, and meditation. The resin of the tree is a type of liquid that is stored in the outer cells, that when broken, release the resin to clog the hole create and saves the life of the tree. This is very analogous to the way we heal with scabs. It makes sense, then, that these oils assist us with deep emotional wounds and the suffering in our emotional body. Oils distilled from the resins are extremely protective and soothing to the psyche and a very powerful addition to any type of meditation.

We have created chakra blends that many of our clients use in their meditative practice. They use these blends to anoint each of the chakras as they go through their daily practice. The oils that we have chosen for these blends relate to the specific significance of each of the chakras. So, if you are looking for a blend that is already prepared for you to use in your meditation practice, you may want to chose our 7th chakra blend that we named Transcendessence.

How to Use Essential Oils in Meditation

Inhalation is the most effective way to use essential oils for meditation. Inhalation is the fastest and most impactful way to alter our state of mind and bring us into center and balance A drop or two of the essential oil can be placed in the palm of the hands and then inhaled deeply. Other ways to use essential oils via olfaction is either a diffuser or an aroma stick (which is blank nasal inhaler that you can place the oil of your choice in.) If desired, a drop of oil can also be placed on any of the chakras. I prefer to put a drop on my Brown (third eye) and Root chakras. Lastly, applying the essential oil to center of the soles of the feet and the bottom of the big toe can have profound effects when meditating. The center of the foot chakra helps ground us and the big toe connects to our pineal gland via reflexology points.

Any way that you choose to work with oils will enhance and have profound effects on meditation. There really is nothing like connecting to the essence of the plants and trees when quieting the mind and entering the soul. So, just pick the scent that resonates with you and see what inner journey she takes you on.

>>Read more about how to create the perfect meditation space at home.