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Enhancing your Meditation Practice with Essential Oils

Essential oils

Are you looking for ways to enhance your meditation practice? If so, this blog series is for you! I will be sharing techniques for involving more of your senses. We’ll start with engaging your sense of smell through essential oils. Some people think meditation is limited to sitting still and quieting the mind. It’s true, that is an important aspect or style of meditation. But meditation can also be about redirecting the mind to positive things to focus on. This is where engaging other senses can be beneficial.

When we use high vibration smells in our meditation practice, it can create a more pleasing environment. You may enjoy so much that it increases your enjoyment of meditation in general. The spiritual benefits of working with various plants have been known for many millennia. Ancient cultures like the Egyptians used oils and incense in their rituals, temples, and meditations. 

When I say high vibration scents, it means that the source of the smells is of the utmost quality. It also means there are certain scents that are especially useful for meditation as they put us in a state of higher awareness. I will focus on these.

Working with Essential Oils

My top recommendation for incorporating your sense of smell into meditation is to work with high-quality essential oils. Essential oils are the most concentrated form of a plant: the pure distillation of that plant’s properties and powers. 

Your essential oils should be 100% therapeutic grade only so they are pure and safe to work with. The easiest and most foolproof way to work with essential oils is to diffuse them in a diffuser that is placed close to where you meditate (within 3-7 feet would be ideal). 

You can also apply essential oils to your body, but there are additional considerations. For topical application, it’s always recommended to dilute your oils with a carrier oil like jojoba oil, almond oil, or olive oil. For meditation, I would recommend a 10% dilution to start with and see how your body reacts. Here’s a helpful article on how to dilute essential oils. It’s important not to get essential oils in your eyes, so in general avoiding the face is best. Try applying to your neck, wrists, chest, or palms.

There are also special considerations for using essential oils during pregnancy. I recommend you speak with your physician or consult the resources available through essential oil companies to determine which oils are appropriate for pregnancy before using them.

Which Oils Are Best for Meditation?

Some of this will come down to personal preference because smells can be very subjective. However, I will focus on some that are generally agreed upon as useful for meditation because they aid in spiritual connection. 

Single oils: 

  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Patchouli
  • Angelica
  • Rose
  • Sage
  • Elemi
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Fir
  • Spruce
  • Pine
  • Jasmine
  • Spearmint

Young Living blends:

  • Sacred Mountain
  • Gratitude
  • Egyptian Gold
  • Awaken
  • Faith
  • Inspiration

doTERRA blends:

  • Align
  • Anchor
  • Peace

A side note: Some essential oil companies offer products that contain CBD. These products will be clearly labeled as containing CBD. I will not comment on any other use of these oils. But for the purposes of meditation, I do not recommend the use of CBD containing essential oils or any other CBD related products. For an ideal meditation practice, we want to enter in as clear a state as possible. That includes no mood-altering substances. Ideally, you should be free of even caffeine or sugar before meditation. Many people, including myself, enjoy mediation first thing in the morning when the body has had a chance to clear itself of toxins and digest any food.

Where to Purchase Essential Oils

There is a wide range of quality of essential oils available on the market, from excellent to poor. It helps to know that before buying. The brands I recommend most highly are Young Living, and doTERRA. These are the brands I work with personally, You get a significant price reduction by becoming a member. You can begin a membership with the links I provided here.

Alternatively, if you want to purchase therapeutic grade oils without a membership, two options are Edens Garden and Revive. Although I’ve tried them, I personally do not use these brands as I find they are less potent. But they are still quite superior to anything you would find in a grocery or pharmacy.

In addition, I sell custom essential oil perfume blends that are specifically intended for meditation and magickal purposes: Pure Potions! These blends are already diluted and in an applicator. So if you want to work with oils topically and never have before, this is a great place to start. Each of the scents is named after a magickal creature, such as unicorn or fairy. Each creature has different wisdom or lessons that they wish to share with humanity. Each full-size perfume comes with a mantra that you can use in your meditation. The instructions come with the perfume. The website for my oil blends is www.getpotions.com

Quality and Price

If you decide to purchase essential oils outside of the brands above, make sure they are 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. Unfortunately, the essential oils you can purchase at grocery stores or drug stores are not therapeutic grade and generally low quality. Essential oils are used sparingly and the quality difference can be enormous. High quality essential oils are worth the investment!

Various plant oils can vary widely in price depending on the availability of the plant and how much of it is needed to create an essential oil. The most affordable oils on the list above are grapefruit, pine and cedarwood. The most expensive oils I recommended are rose, sandalwood, and jasmine. The rest of the oils will generally fall in the mid-range. Blends are a great way to get some of the more expensive oils into your practice while having them be more affordable. For instance, in some of my blends for Pure Potions, I include rose, sandalwood, or jasmine.

Summary

Essential oils can be a great way to enhance your meditation practice. The oils I mentioned can help shift us into a higher state of consciousness, relaxation and peace that is beneficial for meditation. In general, creating a soothing and pleasant environment for meditation will help you want to meditate. By engaging your sense of smell with the potency of essential oils, you can create that environment you look forward to practicing in.

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