Since ancient times, people have used scents to access spiritual realms, because the scent has many roles. It helps the mind focus and concentrate, relaxes the body and opens the heart. Fragrances create a connection between the conscious and the unconscious, widening the space between thoughts and this space allows one to unite with the universe. Meditation is a healthy way to reduce stress, it can slow down breathing and heart rate, normalize pressure and slow down aging. It brings clarity of thoughts and opens the mind. There are many types of meditations but each helps to calm the “voices” in your mind and allows one to enjoy the present moment without worrying about the past and future.
Essential oils can be used to enhance the meditative experience. An essential oil or synergy can be used in a scented lamp that fills the entire space shortly.
Personal blends of oils can also be made and applied to different parts of the body (pulse points, third eye, or rubbed between the palms). In this case, the essential oil is not applied directly to the skin but should be mixed with some base oil first. It is very important to choose an essential oil that suits you, otherwise, you will not be able to dedicate yourself to meditation.
BEST 5 OILS USED IN MEDITATION
1. Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
Unites and harmonizes all that is opposed in us and contributes to the feeling of wholeness. Jasmine oil calms, relaxes and elevates the spirit. It helps to let go of worry and allows life in the present moment. Also, it enhances the feeling of love and sensuality and enables connection with spirituality and sexuality. It balances feminine and masculine energy and fosters creativity, increases intuition and opens the mind to deeper truths. Jasmine helps balance the 4th and 7th chakras. It is considered a safe oil but should be avoided in pregnancy and by people who are hypersensitive to perfumes and spicy foods.
2. Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Often used in meditation blends, as it supports all healing work. It helps calm and comfort. This is grounding oil and helps to reconnect with the meaning of being. It helps one develop confidence and receive healing energy. Sandalwood oil calms the mind and allows for deep meditation and wisdom and contributes to the feeling of self-worth. It enhances spiritual sensuality, sexuality and opens the eyes to the beauty of life. It is used in blends for meditation, spirituality, sex, and healing. Balances 2, 3, 4, 5, 6th and 7th chakra. Generally safe oil.
Used for faithfulness and love, as a consolation for “broken heart” and as an aid when the relationship is coming to an end, for easy termination. It can be used in blends against sadness. This amazing oil cleans the space and provides protection against negative impacts. It helps establish healthy boundaries in relationships and increases self-confidence and strengthens willpower. It inspires a joyful life and purifies the mind and increases memory. Rosemary oil can also be used as psychic protection because it enhances the clarity of thought, clarity of insight and vision. It is also used in love mixes. The essential oil of rosemary helps balance 3rd chakras. Generally safe oil, but avoid in pregnancy and caution with epilepsy.
4. Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
It helps to develop inner confidence and self-acceptance, produces a sense of security and protection. It brings positive energy, contributes to the relaxation and perception of emotional fears. Neroli also relieves a state of sadness and helps one to experience love. It can unite the conscious mind and the subconscious and facilitate direct communication with the spirit world. Mostly put in blends for joy and protection. Helps work on the 2nd, 4th and 7th chakras. Generally, safe oil.
5. Incense, Frankincense (Boswelia carterii)
This oil serves to awaken the “spiritual purpose” of the individual, help guide and reconnect with the Universal Energy (God). Incense soothes and centers, stabilizes emotions. It seems to ground and purifies the mind. When used in meditation, it encourages states where healing energies are more readily received and integrated. It introduces feelings of emotional stability, enlightenment, protection, introspection, strength, determination, acceptance and inspiration. It is used to balance the 1st, 6th and 7th chakras. Although not considered toxic, it should be avoided in the first trimester of pregnancy.
No matter which oil you decide to use in your meditation, each one of them will give you a new experience and make the meditation even more efficient.