Essential Oils for Meditation
Whether you have an existing meditation practice or are new to meditation, essential oils can be greatly beneficial. We can use essential oils for meditation to focus, dive deeper, and build compassion. There are many oils for meditation you can try, and we encourage you to investigate for yourself what is useful.
Essential Oils for Meditation Practice
Essential Oils can help us in many ways in meditation practice. Sometimes we need more energy, while other times we need to relax. Here are a few essential oils that may help you in your practice, along with some free guided meditations to try.
Sandalwood is a common fragrance and essential oil used in meditation practice. Many people wear malas made of sandalwood beads in Buddhist traditions, as it has a longstanding history of being used for spiritual practice. It is believed in some traditions to help heal spiritual and emotional wounds and be healthy for the emotional heart.
With a calming aroma, sandalwood can be diffused during meditation to help promote openness and vulnerability with ourselves as we practice. It’s advised to steer clear of using sandalwood essential oil topically.
Frankincense is an essential oil with a long and powerful history of use in spiritual and religious traditions. It is believed to help us develop faith and relieve stress. This is a great oil to use for many things in your life, and meditation is certainly one. Frankincense can be used alone, or combined with another oil to help increase its power and effect.
Try diffusing some frankincense essential oil, putting a few drops in the bath for a bath-time meditation, or applying it to the wrists before practicing.
Lavender is a popular essential oil and one of the most versatile. There has been a lot of research on lavender essential oil and its effects on the mind and body. One of these effects is that lavender can produce strong relaxing effects. It’s been found to be helpful in reducing anxiety, promoting healthy sleep, and reducing heart rate and blood pressure.
You can use some lavender essential oil directly on the skin with some coconut oil, or diffuse it into the room around you. You can also put some on the palms and inhale directly before or during your meditation period!
4. Clary Sage
Clary sage is an essential oil for meditation that likewise has a long history of use. Many indigenous cultures in the Americas have used clary sage for centuries in rituals and spiritual practices. It’s believed to improve affect, helping you rid the mind of negative thoughts during meditation practice. It can be used alone, or combined with oils like peppermint or lavender for a great blend for reducing anxious feelings.
I recommend diffusing some clary sage with a bit of lavender when meditating, which can be a beautiful aroma that brings a reduction in worry and helps keep the mind pure.
Jasmine is one of my personal favorites. We actually have some night-blooming jasmine in our yard because the smell is so sweet and relaxing! The essential oil has a sweet and floral aroma, and can be incredibly relaxing. It’s often used in massages to help support muscles, and has been found to help with healthy circulation. For meditation, jasmine is useful because it can relax the mind and body, but without causing sleepiness. Instead, jasmine offers a strong and aware sense of relaxation, perfect for meditation!
To use jasmine essential oil for your meditation practice, try rubbing some on the back of the neck. You can also diffuse it into the room while you sit.
A grounding blend is hands-down my favorite essential oil for meditation. There are many different grounding blends, and we’ve loved many of them. Our favorite of course is doTERRA Balance. Balance is a blend of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile. It’s meant to promote a whole-body sense of ease and to ease anxious feelings. I find it incredibly stabilizing and use it all day. It’s one of the best essential oils for meditation, and I strongly recommend giving it a shot.
You can rub some balance on the bottoms of your feet, on the wrists, or on the chest. I also diffuse it when I am meditating, and rarely go a day without some Balance in my life!
Below are three guided meditations you can try. These are offered freely, and are great practices to combine with your use of essential oils! Give them a shot, and investigate what oils work well for you in your practice.