Meditation has many wonderful benefits. It is a healthy way to reduce stress, it can slow breathing and heart rate, normalize blood pressure and in some cases actually slow down the aging of the body. It can bring about clarity of thought. It can expand the mind and it can be a Spiritual Practice.
While there are many different forms of meditation, all types of meditation will help to quiet the ever chattering thinking mind; keep one in the ‘Now’ and enjoy what one is experiencing now and not worry about the past or the future; or bring about altered states of consciousness.
There are many different ways to meditate and there is no one right way to do this. Just as individuals are so very different, the best way for each person to get the full benefits of meditation can be so different. Sometimes people say, ‘I just can’t meditate’. This need not be the case all they need to do is experiment a little until they find the method that works best for them.
A great deal of more in depth information on meditation in its many different forms is available in many books and web sites but before we talk about essential oils that would be helpful with meditation here is a brief synopsis of some of the more common Meditation Techniques.
- A Basic Mediation technique involves sitting in a comfortable position and allowing your mind to think of nothing. If thoughts materialize just let them go. Don’t focus on them, don’t follow them. Simply observe them as they pass through and don’t get drawn into them. With time and practice this can become easier.
- In Focused Meditation techniques one focuses intently on something without engaging your thoughts about it. You can focus on something visual like a picture, Mandela; or on something auditory like a single sound, or a mantra, or the sound of water; or you can focus on something that is constant and even like your own breath. Some people find focusing on a single concept like ‘gratitude’ or ‘compassion’ or ‘universal love’ the easier way to go. For some it is easier to focus on something rather than nothing, however the goal is the same – quietening the conscious mind.
- For some people sitting still is just something they cannot do and for them an Activity-Oriented Meditation might be the best way to go. Here you engage in a repetitive type activity which allows one to switch off one’s mind and ‘zone out’. Activities like gardening, walking, practicing yoga, knitting, vacuuming, ironing are all examples that have worked for others.
- Mindfulness meditation techniques don’t always look like meditation. It simply involves staying in the present moment rather than thinking about what will happen or what has happened. This can be difficult to do. Focusing on sensations that you feel in your body is a way to stay ‘in the now’; focusing on the emotions you are experiencing and where you feel them in your body, experiencing them as sensations and not allowing the emotions to sweep you up, is another way.
- Meditation can be a Spiritual practice. For many mediation is experienced as a form of prayer where they can commune with God. When the mind is quiet, it is open to experience inner wisdom. One can find solutions to a problem by quietly meditating on it. Or one can meditate to clear the mind and be open to whatever presents itself.
Essential oils can be used in a number of different to enhance the meditation experience. Use the method/s that resonates most with you on any particular day. The essential oil or synergy can be diffused in the room, you can make up a synergy in a spritzer and spray the area around you before you begin meditation. You can make up a personal body oil and apply this to various parts of the body. For instance some people like to put the blend on their wrist pulse points, others like to put a dab on their third eye, others put a little on their hands, rub them together and inhale the aromas from their hands. Other will put a little on their hands, rub them together and then pass their hands over their body, energetically passing the oils through their aura. Again there is no one right way to do this, so experiment and find the way that feels right for you.
When working energetically, I prefer to use essential oil synergies in dilutions of 1% or less, which means that in 10mls of carrier oil I would only have 1 – 2 drops of essential oil or essential oil synergy.
You can use any essential oil or essential oil synergy that you personally like when meditating. Don’t use anything you don’t like, otherwise you will just be thinking about how the oil smells. Find a blend or oil that lets you relax into its aroma and let go.
Some essential oils that have traditionally been use in Meditation include:
Frankincense – Boswellia carterii also known as B.carteri
Frankincense can be used to awaken one’s spiritual purpose. Using this oil can guide and reconnect one to the Divine presence. Frankincense calms, comforts and centers one, as well as stabilize one’s emotions. It is very grounding and quiets and clarifies the mind. When used in meditation it promotes a state in which one is better able to receive and integrate healing energies. It has long been considered a sacred oil which helps to heal the spirit and comfort the heart. Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Grapefruit – Citrus paradise
Grapefruit helps to calm mental chatter. It dissolves emotional energy blocks especially frustration and self-blame. It promotes confidence, as well as increasing intuition and mental clarity. It brings inspiration. It can be used when the ego gets in one’s way. It can assist in the digestion of new concepts or ideas. It can be used for cleaning and to remove negativity. It is a powerful purifier. Do not use before exposure to sun or UV rays.
Jasmine – Jasmineum officinale
Jasmine unites and harmonizes opposites to promote wholeness. It calms, soothes, relaxes and lifts the spirits. It helps one to release worry and allow one to live in the present moment. It can promote feelings of love and sensuality. It can connect spirituality and sexuality. It also promotes creativity and artistic development. It is known to warm and open the heart. It can enhance intuition and open the mind to deeper truths. It can heighten spiritual awareness. It balances feminine and masculine energies. Jasmine can be included in love, psychic awareness, peace and spirituality blends. Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Do no use in pregnancy and use with caution on people who are hypersensitive or allergic to perfumes, cosmetics or spicy foods.
Juniper Berry – Juniperus communis
Juniper aids in strengthen spiritual will. Juniper clears and cleanses a room of negative energies. It also protects against negative influences. It clears energetic blockages. It cleanses and detoxifies the subtle bodies. It aids in strengthen will power and eases fear of failure. It restores confidence and increasing self-worth. Juniper dispels mental stagnation and assists clairvoyance if used for the right reasons. It promotes inner vision and wisdom. It helps us to connect and act from our highest ideals. It can bring enlightenment. Because of its great cleansing ability it can be used to help clear away feelings of uncleanliness (in particular rape) due to past actions, whether done by or to the individual. Avoid in pregnancy. Prolonged use can damage kidneys. On skin non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.
Lavender – Lavandula officinalis
Soothes grief and promotes peace. Lavender balances all the energy centers and subtle bodies. It is one of the most important subtle energy oils. Useful in all energy healing techniques to relax and balances. Clears and cleanses a room and brings in positive energy. It promotes compassion as well as calming, comforting and stabilizing emotions of the heart. It promotes spiritual growth and helps one to integrate spirituality into everyday life. It can help to increase the awareness and sensitivity in one’s hands for healing energy work. Lavender shows us the balance point in every moment as well as helping one to release whatever is interfering with the present. Lavender helps to bring the lower and higher chakras into balance and harmony. It can be included in health, love, peace and conscious mind-oriented blends. Lavender may be helpful in allowing one to let go of bitterness, malice or even jealousy. Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.
Neroli – Citrus aurantium
Neroli can help one to develop the inner trust which will allows self-acceptance and produces feelings of security and protection. Neroli brings in positive energy. It helps one to relax as well as face our emotional fears. It can help to promote sensual comfort. It eases grief and also helps one to experience joyful love. It can reunite the conscious and subconscious minds and can promote direct communication with the spiritual world. Neroli can help one to become aware of unresolved issues so that one can deal with them. Neroli can also help to facilitate all kinds of creative activities when they are inspired by spiritual aspirations. Neroli is often used in happiness and protection blends. Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.
Orange – Citrus aurantium var. amara (Bitter Orange), Citrus sinensis (Sweet Orange)
Orange helps to dispel negativity from the aura. It also dispels negative thought patterns. Orange brings in positive energy. It nourishes the soul with joy and moves stagnated energy. It promotes self-confidence, courage and creativity. It also promotes joy in sexuality and joyful love. Orange can help one to expel any negative feelings one might be holding in one’s heart or soul. Orange can be used to attract good fortune and luck. Orange is often added to purification blends. Orange can help to conquer fears of letting go as well as obsessions.
Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing however as with most expressed oils it can be phototoxic and if used on the skin do not expose skin to sun or UV rays for 12 hours after use.
Rose – Rosa damascene
Rose is associated with unconditional love, as well as Divine Love. Rose brings in positive energy. It can gently fill in auric holes and seal the auric field after healing work. It promotes a sense of well-being. Rose is very healing for emotional wounds, especially grief. It promotes love, compassion, hope and patience. It also promotes a sense of spiritual connection. It can be helpful in healing work as it is thought to energetically connect the hand chakras to the heart. Rose can help one to forgive others as well as one’s self. Rose enhances one’s connection to all creativity, the arts, and beauty. Rose is used in blends designed to attract love, confer peace, stimulate sexual desires and enhance beauty. Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.
Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary can be used for loyalty and love. It can comfort emotional heartbreak, and may be appropriately used to help achieve closure to a relationship. It can be used in any grief blend. Rosemary clears and cleanses a room. It helps provide protection from negative influences. It aids in helping to establish healthy boundaries in relationship. It can promote self-confidence and strengthen will power. It can inspire joyful love. It clears the mind and enhances memory. It can provide psychic protection. It inspires faith and helps one to remember one’s spiritual path. Rosemary helps to promote clear thought, clear sight or vision and to develop clairvoyance. It is often used in love and healing magical blends. Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy and use with extreme caution if suffering from epilepsy.
Sandalwood – Santalum album
Used often in meditation blends. Sandalwood supports all healing work. It helps clam and comfort. It is grounding and helps reconnect one with one’s sense of being. It helps to open the heart to trust and to receive healing energy. It quiets the mind and promotes deep meditation and wisdom. It can also promote positive self-esteem. It can help to promote spiritual sensuality and teach one to delight in one’s senses and sexuality and to appreciate the beauty of life. Sandalwood is used in spirituality, meditation, sex and healing blends. Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.
Vetiver – Vetiveria zizanioides
Vetiver grounds and attunes one to the earth. Vetiver helps to clear and cleanse a room. It also brings in positive energy. It can be used to protect the auric field. It grounds and centers as well as protects against over-sensitivity. It can promote strength and a deep sense of belonging. It may aid in attaining wisdom and spiritual calmness. It aids in developing positive self-esteem. It aids those who feel like they are a psychic sponge or those who feel too sensitive to outside forces. Vetiver is considered to be a money scent. It can be used to anoint cash before spending. Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.
|Blend 1||Blend 2||Blend 3||Blend 4|
|1 drop Rose Otto||3 drops of Lavender||1 drop Jasmine||3 drops Bergamot|
|5 drops Sandalwood||5 drops Frankincense||2 drops of Ginger||3 drops Lavender|
|2 drops Spikenard||2 drops Neroli||1 drop Vetiver|
Scott Cunningham, Magical Aromatherapy, The Power of Scent, Llewellyn Publications.1989
Scott Cunningham, The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews, Llewellyn Publications.1986 reprinted 1994
Joni Keim Louchrran and Ruah Bull, Aromatherapy Anointing Oils, Frog Ltd, 2001.
Joni Keim Louchrran and Ruah Bull, Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques,Frog Ltd, 2000
Ixchel Susan Leigh, Aromatic Alchemy, Mansion Publishing, 2001
Deborah Eidson, Vibrational Healing, Frog, Ltd, 2000
Valerie Ann Worwood, The Fragrant Heavens, New World Library, 1999