Essential Oils for Meditation
Integrating essential oils into your meditation practice can have many benefits. Each oil has specific properties to enhance your meditation, so it can be beneficial to combine a few oils to help you achieve a deeper practice. Incorporate essential oils by using a few drops in a diffuser in your meditation room or using them topically diluted in a carrier oil. Here are the five best essential oils to include in your meditation practice:
1. For a deeply grounding meditation, incorporate warm woodsy scented sandalwood oil. Sandalwood has long been revered for its deeply cleansing and grounding properties. Uplifting sandalwood is associated with the root chakra and promotes memory, concentration, and spirituality.
2. Lavender is an exceptionally balancing oil. Incorporating this popular essential oil into your practice creates a relaxing environment, aids in improving mood and memory, and balances the emotions.
3. Clary sage is an excellent choice for achieving clarity during your meditation practice. Use clary sage to sharpen the senses, dispel stress and negativity, and promote relaxation. When we are able to dispel negative emotions the body is able to fully relax and the breathing slows, promoting a deeper connection to our spirituality.
4. To increase positive energy during a meditation incorporate Neroli essential oil into your practice. This sweet and spicy floral has a slight orange scent. It can counter mental fatigue and stress and relieve feelings of anxiety and depression. Neroli helps to achieve inner peace during meditation.
5. The most spiritually transformative oil for meditation is frankincense. This soothing oil relaxes breathing and releases stress and anger to help clear out emotional blockages. Using frankincense helps to achieve spiritual enlightenment and enhances mental clarity.
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It is mentioned in multiple historic writings that people used essential oils; that they have been one of the most important remedies in their lives. In the Bible, both New and the Old Testament, the word oil is mentioned 191 times. Also, there are over 600 references to essential oils and/or the aromatic plants from which they were extracted in the Bible. Essential oils were used in in religious rituals, for supporting health and for spiritual purposes. The most popular essential oils were Sandalwood, Cassia, Rosemary, Calamus, Myrrh, Cinnamon Bark, Thyme and Myrtle.
The use of natural aromatherapy oils has seen the most dramatic growth in popularity of any form of complementary medicine in the US in recent years; a testament to the faith that users of aromatherapy oils place in their healing qualities (Kessler et al., 2001). The energising and esoteric healing qualities of oil aromatherapy has had an undeniably positive impact on the mental and physical health of users throughout thru the past centuries (Mojay, 1996).