Science has proven time and again that meditation is great for our mental wellbeing and can help to support our physical health too. Regular meditation can reduce stress, help us to rebalance our emotions, boost creativity, improve our memory and help to reduce aches and pains.
You don’t have to do anything fancy to meditate when you get time. Just pick a quiet space, make sure you’re comfortable and close your eyes. It may sound simple enough, but silencing the mind is something of a skill. The more you meditate, the more adept you’ll become at slowing your mind down and just enjoying the present moment.
Essential oils can be used to help focus the mind and deepen your meditation, creating an ambience that makes it easier to drift off and forget the daily grind. If you’re ready to start your journey to Zen, we have the perfect essential oils for your meditation.
How to use essential oils when meditating
There are all kinds of ways to meditate with essential oils, but one of the easiest is to use a diffuser. A diffuser will take your favourite essential oil and disperse it throughout your space as a very fine mist. Adding a few drops of your oil to a diffuser a short time before meditating will enable you to enjoy a relaxing fragrance while you unwind. The diffuser ensures that the room is infused with the essential oil, without the fragrance being overpowering.
Alternatively, why not add a simple, diluted blend of your essential oil to your temples or behind your ears before you meditate? Adding a couple of dabs to your skin will help you to inhale the fragrance while you drift away, helping to make you feel a world away from the hustle and bustle.
Top 6 Essential Oils for Meditation
There are hundreds of essential oils for meditation, but we know that choosing the right one can be a daunting prospect. To help get you started, here are just 6 of our favourites…
Widely championed by herbalists as one of the most therapeutic essential oils, lavender has always been a ‘go to’ fragrance for the tired and the frazzled. So gentle you can apply it straight onto your skin if you don’t have a diffuser, lavender oil is a great place to start if you’re new to using oils for meditation. With sweet, floral notes, lavender is a versatile essential oil that can be enjoyed as it is, or blended.
Now, sandalwood is an interesting one. Many believe this heady essential oil to have a grounding effect on the emotions, so it’s often used by those who wish to rebalance their energy. Sandalwood essential oil is popular with those seeking inner peace, thanks to its soothing effect. Sandalwood warms up any space with its rich, woody scent, and has been used to create calming environments for hundreds of years.
Honestly, if the blissfully exotic scent of Ylang Ylang doesn’t still your mind and awaken your senses, then we don’t know what will. Our Ylang Ylang essential oil is carefully created using the star-shaped flowers that adorn the Cananga tree, and it’s a scent often found in luxurious, high end fragrances. Ylang Ylang has long been believed to be a natural remedy, attracting those who need a boost to inhale its scent.
Remember how the three wise men gave baby Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh? That’s because frankincense is said to have powerful medicinal and spiritual benefits. Our frankincense essential oil is derived from a tree resin, and its fragrance will add a clean, fresh feel to your meditation space. This woody scent has spicy undertones, and will invoke fantasies of warm, foreign climes as you forget the world.
Said to relieve stress and instil a fabulous feeling of general wellbeing, clary sage is a popular meditation essential oil. Widely regarded as one of the most relaxing and balancing essential oils, this one’s perfect if you’re not sure where to start. There’s a touch of earthiness to this fruity and floral fragrance, that makes it ideal for those quiet meditation moments.
Many people believe vetiver essential oil to reduce anxiety and help to combat feelings of exhaustion and fatigue. It’s a great oil for meditating during stressful periods, as its sweet aroma tends to have a grounding effect that will help you to switch off. When it comes to relaxation, it pretty much says it all that this fragrance oil is often called ‘the oil of tranquillity’.
Making your own meditation oil blends
Blending oils is a great way to get the benefits and aromas of several different essential oils in one meditation session. It’s simple to create your own meditation oil blends, so you can enjoy the fragrances you love best all at once.
As you get to know which fragrances help you to meditate effectively, you can experiment with your own recipes for oil blends. Why not start with adding a blend of the following to your diffuser?
For a meditation massage blend that can be used directly on your skin, the following essential oil blend can be rubbed onto your temples before meditation:
- 5 x parts Clary Sage Essential Oil
- 3 x parts Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 x parts Frankincense Essential Oil
Pre-blended meditation fragrance oil
Our ready-made meditation fragrance oil is a great choice for those who wish to avoid creating their own blends. Simply add a couple of drops to your diffuser and enjoy the calming effects of this soothing blend. This fragrance oil is handy to keep tucked away for those precious meditation sessions when life gets too hectic.
We know that many of you are happy to choose the specific scents that help you to unwind. Some of our most popular meditation fragrance oils include: