In my last blog post I talked about “The Benefits of Meditation” now let’s talk about what essential oils can be used in meditation. Did you know that your sense of smell is closely linked to your emotional center? This is why essential oils are so powerful because they can pass the blood brain barrier. There is an area in the brain known as the amygdala that is stimulated by smell, it plays a major part in the storing and releasing of emotional trauma.
People have been anointing, burning incense and smudging for centuries. Even in the story of Jesus, the wise men brought frankincense, gold and myrrh. Frankincense was known as a powerful cure. At times, it was more valuable than gold because it was used for healing many health conditions. Myrrh was used to heal the mother after childbirth and to prevent infection of the umbilical cord.
Combining spiritual practices and using essential oils are a powerful combination.
My Top Essential Oils For Meditation
Essential oils can enhance your meditation experience, promote relaxation, and encourage spiritual openness. Here are a few of my favorite essential oils I use during meditation and prayer.
- Frankincense. Frankincense is a very ancient oil and it has been used in spiritual practice for centuries. It is both uplifting and grounding. It plays a major role in Christian religious practices. Frankincense has many holistic benefits.
- Rose. Rose has the highest frequency of all the oils and is the most expensive. It give you the sense of being completely and totally loved.
- Sandalwood. Another ancient scent, and common in many traditions from Christianity to Hindu. Sandalwood is often used for meditation and has the ability to help you focus and clears the chatter in your head.
- White Angelica. White Angelica is a blend that contains the following: Bergamot, geranium, myrrh, sandalwood, ylang ylang, spruce, hyssop and rose. I use White Angelica to anoint myself before I minister.
- Harmony. This is a wonderful oil for balancing. Harmony helps you release emotional blockages and allow for the free flowing of energy. It promotes balanced wellness in a harmonic way.
- Present Time. Has an empowering fragrance that helps to let the past go and heightens the sense of being in the present moment.
How to Use Essential Oils During Meditation
I often diffuse one of the above oils or I will inhale either the same oil or a different one directly from my cupped palms. I may also anoint myself with the oil.
The next time you meditate, try inhaling an essential oil before you begin and notice any changes that come to your practice.
Incorporating essential oils into your meditative routine can help your mind focus and center. It can also clear the negative energies and mind talk that can distract you from achieving mindfulness and enlightenment. Essential oils are a truly amazing way to enhance your meditation experience. However, if you are using essential oils for meditation, you need to ensure you are incorporating only the highest quality oils or you will not get the full therapeutic benefits. That’s why I recommend Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.
Are essential oils part of your meditation practice? If so, which one(s) are your favorites?