10 Essential Oils for Meditation
In the midst of our busy lives, our focus and energy can become scattered, leading to mental exhaustion and clouded thoughts. It can be difficult to focus on our responsibilities, families, or the things we enjoy when our mind is constantly pulled elsewhere by distracting thoughts. Taking time each day to sit peacefully and clear our minds can help our bodies and spirits reset and give us a renewed sense of physical and mental energy. The practice of meditation promotes mental clarity, mindfulness in our daily lives, and can replace that feeling of divided attention with a feeling of spiritual awakening. Spending even just a few moments everyday in quiet contemplation can be a great self care ritual that is both effective in manys ways and easy to incorporate into our routines.
While there are no special tools required in order to practice meditation, many may find that aromatherapy helps to enhance the meditation experience. Essential oils are widely known to have powerful effects on both the body and mind, making them the perfect companion to the practice of meditation. Depending on the intentions we have for mediation, there are different essential oils that can help to complement and enhance the experience. Some oils can help to center, ground, and focus us as well as helping to eliminate negative energy from the body and home. Other oils may help to improve the mood, uplift the spirit, and clear the mind. Combining meditation and aromatherapy with essential oils is a great way to amplify the benefits of both practices.
Some of our favorite essential oils for meditation include:
Vetiver essential oil is known for its grounding properties and is believed to help create a calm and peaceful environment for meditation practice. It can also ease stress and anxiety, helping us to combat insecurities and fears.
Lavender is one of the most frequently used essential oils for promoting relaxation. It can help us fight stress, which will in turn focus and calm our minds in preparation for a meditative experience. When meditating before bed, lavender is great to help relax the body and mind and aid in restful sleep.
Ylang ylang essential oil is beneficial for reducing feelings of anxiety and uplifting the spirits. Used in meditation practice, it can increase feelings of happiness and can be helpful when meditating during times of sadness or depression.
Cedarwood is a calming and grounding essential oil that can also defend against negative energy and emotions. It can help us bring focus inward when it feels like our attention and mental energy is pulled in too many directions.
Frankincense essential oil has long been known for its use in spiritual practice, including meditation. It can help encourage peace and balance in our lives and to bring clarity to our mind as we explore a meditative state.
Chamomile essential oil is known for its effectiveness at decreasing anxiety and encouraging rest, making it a great companion for the calming practice of meditation. It is especially helpful when trying to meditate during times of high stress or worry.
Patchouli is a very grounding essential oil that can help us to balance our thoughts and emotions. It is useful for calming the mind and helping us to focus our energies and clear out the distractions of the day when we sit down for meditation.
Sandalwood essential oil is known to be very focusing and can help inspire a sense of inner peace while meditating. It is also great for increasing attentiveness so we are able to remain mentally alert while meditating.
Palo Santo essential oil has been used in folk medicine for centuries for its ability to help clear negative energy from spaces. It is also a very grounding oil and can help to center us when we sit down to meditate.
Neroli essential oil is known to combat both stress and depression, making it a great option to use for meditation. It is a useful tool for times when anxiety and other negative emotions are clouding our minds and interfering with the meditatie process.
Try using essential oils during meditation with the recipes below
Clear Mind Diffuser Blend
When practicing meditation it may be helpful to have a particular room or area that we use for this purpose. When it comes time to focus on our practice, we need to transform that area of our home into our personal meditation sanctuary. Diffusing a calming and balancing blend of essential oils such as lavender, frankincense, and neroli is a great way to set the mood of tranquility in our meditation space.
- 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 2 drops Neroli Essential Oil
Calming Forest Roll On
Meditation is a great way to calm our minds and help us focus on the things that are important in our lives with less distracting stresses and thoughts. There may be times when we need a little extra help carrying our calm and focused meditative energy throughout our day. Palo santo, cedarwood, and sandalwood essential oils come together in a grounding and focusing blend that can help us remain mentally alert and feeling positive long after meditation.
- 10 ml Amber Glass Roll-On Bottle
- 10 ml of Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 2 drops of Palo Santo Essential Oil
- 2 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
- 2 drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil
Add the essential oils to the bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle to the top with fractionated coconut oil. Replace the rollerball and cap, gently shake, and roll across your skin. Apply this blend to wrists.
Focused Intention Meditation Candle
It can sometimes be difficult to clear our minds and focus our intentions when we decide to reflect and meditate. The calming, flickering flame of a candle can help to act as that point of focus for meditation as well as providing a warm ambient light to the space. Cedarwood, chamomile, vetiver, and sweet orange essential oils come together in this candle to help us feel relaxed, soothed and grounded for the most effective meditative experience.
- 8oz of soy wax flakes or pastilles
- 1 candle wick with a metal base (size may vary depending on width of container)
- 1 8oz heat safe container
- 1 wooden skewer or chopstick
- 1 clothespin
- 1 cooking thermometer
- 40 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
- 30 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
- 20 drops Vetiver Essential Oil
- 10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- Mix the essential oils in a small bowl and set aside.
- Add soy wax to a double boiler and heat until fully melted, stirring will help speed the process.
- Turn off heat at 185°F, and add the essential oil mixture. Stir for 2 minutes, and remove from heat.
- Adhere the metal end of the wick to the bottom of your container using a wick tab sticker, super glue, or hot glue (in a pinch you can use your wax, but it’s not recommended). Press the end in the center of the bottom of the container.
- Straighten the wick and secure it at the mouth of the container with a clothespin resting on the top.
- Once the wax cools to 135°F, slowly pour the wax into the container.
- Let the candle sit for 24 hours, until fully set. Once set, remove the clothespin and trim the wick to 1/2 inch above the surface of the wax.