I’ve always loved the idea of essential oils. Beautiful, earthy, natural smells gracing your room and effortlessly sprinkling a sense of calm over your entire body – I mean it sounds awesome, right?

However, even though I bought an essential oil diffuser and multiple different oils a few years ago, I really didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t know know how to use them correctly or really why I was using them. I loved the idea of them, but because I didn’t know the proper way to use them, my essential oil practice never stuck.

That is until I began using them in my meditation practice.

Essential oils for spirituality and mindfulness opened up a whole new world to me. I’ve meditated for years, but when I started incorporating essential oils, I had a completely different experience. My practice became softer, deeper, and more centered and wholehearted.

Many people use essential oils for headaches, and essential oils for sleep, but using essential oils for meditation allowed me to create clarity, peace of mind and spiritual awareness.

When you do a lot and have a lot of daily pressures (that’s me!), it can be difficult to allow yourself to have the meditation practice you deserve. You might have to squeeze it in between tasks. Maybe you enter it in a highly stressed from whatever the day has thrown at you. Or you might even sit down to meditate feeling completely exhausted and unfocused. But since using essential oils, no matter where I’m at mentally, physically or emotionally, I’m able to go deep, fast.

If you’ve ever wondered about essential oils and their uses but never considered using them in your meditation practice, I’m here to share with you the two best ways to start using them today.

These methods are simple and practical, so give them a go, and I promise you won’t regret it 🙂

The two ways to use essential oils during your meditation practice are by:

1. Using an essential oil diffuser. I personally have this one which I love because it not only looks gorgeous, but it’s small and compact so I can take it with me if I’m traveling. It also has a cool LED light.

You simply add water and a few drops of the oil into the diffuser and place it in the same room as you’re meditating. I normally put it at least a meter away so the smell is more subtle, but the calming benefits naturally occur as I enter my practice.

2. By rubbing the essential oils directly onto your skin. You can do this on trigger points such as your temples, Hird eye or inside of your writes. Or you can do it in areas that cause you discomfort or pain. For example, when sitting in my meditation practice, my mind is sometimes drawn to back pain. It makes it difficult to relax. By rubbing in an essential oil, especially one that has a cooling effect, it helps to ease the pain and therefore a possible distraction.

If you’ve ever found it hard to enter a state of relaxation with your meditation – perhaps your mind finds it hard to switch off. You can’t stop racing thoughts. Or maybe you can just sense the ‘real world’ around you which makes it difficult for you to go deep in your practice.

Well, essential oils could be the perfect holistic solution.

They encourage spiritual awareness, promote relaxation and experience a calm peace of mind. They also clear negative energies so that you’re able to reach mindfulness much much easier.

What Essential Oils Work Best?

There are many essential oils and all of them come with multiple mind and body benefits. My personal favorite selection, that I often use in my meditation practice and also for its health benefits, is:

  • Lavender: Creates a calming effect on the body and can be used to reduce stress and anxiety, promote healthy sleep patterns.
  • Peppermint: Refreshing, energizing and acts as a great mental stimulant.
  • Eucalyptus: Promotes a healthy respiratory system, and helps with depression and anxiety.
  • Tea Tree: A powerful natural healer and immune booster. It also helps with sinus problems.
  • Rosemary: Helps you to overcome mental fatigue and sluggishness by stimulating and strengthening the nervous system. Also great for clearing the head and enhancing memory power.
  • Sweet Orange: A natural mood enhancer, and also helps to release stress and anxiety.

You can get this selection here. Or you can find them at many health food stores or online stores. However, one thing to be mindful of when selecting your essential oils is to ensure that you’re purchasing high quality, therapeutic grade oils, so you will experience the full benefits.

If you’ve used essential oils before in your meditation practice, please share your comments of which ones you loved and how they worked for you, below.

Team BE xo