Meditation is a practice aimed at finding inner peace, the emptiness of the mind, altered states of consciousness, the progressive calm of the mind, or simple relaxation. Aromatherapy has the same approach, providing benefits to the whole being and that is why the combination of meditation and aromatherapy is the most appropriate.
You should know that essential oils have very profound effects, far beyond simple smells. In fact, they can act on the body in a powerful way. When we breathe in essential oil, it is captured by the limbic system (also called the emotional brain) which is the seat of emotions.
By the smell, the essential oil can bring appeasement or stimulation. For example, true lavender essential oil contains esters that will interact with the nervous system to relax it. Essential oils can thus invite meditation, release agitation, promote the abandonment of the mind, bring harmony and balance…
Essential Oils that promote relaxation
Warning: Meditation-inspiring essential oils are powerful essential oils that are often contraindicated for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children under the age of 10. Please refer to the precautions for use before use.
1. Palo Santo Essential oil
Meditative essential oil for excellence
- promotes meditative states and elevation
- spiritual – softens, relaxes, calms, revitalizes – frees from fear of the future and nightmares
- allows the communication and transmission of ideas or information on a spiritual level establishes the link with the higher self
- releases mental agitation and chatter, relieves stress, irritability, favoring the abandonment of the mind
- It also has large amounts of limonene, a strong antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory agent.
Precautions for use: Palo Santo essential oil is used primarily in the respiratory tract, even if other modes of administration are authorized. This essential oil is for the exclusive use of adults and adolescents and should not be used by pregnant women. People with asthma and epilepsy should be sure to seek medical advice before using this essential oil. For more information on the essential oil of Palo Santo visit >> EcuadorianHands
2. Sandalwood Essential oil
- unifies the physical, mental and spiritual bodies
- helps to find inner balance, peace and serenity
- helps to find the spiritual path, invites meditation
- makes the mind more receptive and thus elevates spirituality
- promotes meditation and meditation
Precautions: Sandalwood essential oil is not recommended for pregnant women, lactating women, and children under 10 years of age. Attention, through the skin, sandalwood essential oil should be used in low doses and for a short duration.
3. Essential oil of White Fir
- gives strength to accept things and situations as they arisehelps to have a holistic vision
- allows 3 an open eye access to invisible dimensions, develops a perception
- promotes oxygenation and purification of the respiratory tract
- stimulates the metabolism in general.
It is used at the forehead chakra to stimulate inspiration, at the base chakra to awaken creativity, and at the solar plexus chakra to act on will.
Precautions for use: do not use purely on the skin and mucous membranes because it irritates the skin. Keep out of the reach of young children. Unless advised by a doctor or pharmacist, do not use during pregnancy and lactation and in children under 3 years of age.
4. Mountain Juniper Essential oil
- purifies body, soul, and spirit
- helps to cope with conflicts and to express wishes and wishes clearly and without fear
- helps overcome the fear of failure
- purifies the space, expels bad energies
- intensifies positive thoughts
- helps to dissolve psychological stagnation, mental rigidity, old mental patterns
The common juniper has the same indications as the mountain juniper. But its vibratory level is lower and its psycho-emotional effects less.
Precautions for use: do not recommend for pregnant women and children under 12 years of age. In case of overdose and prolonged oral use, it can be nephrotoxic (toxic to the kidneys), this route is reserved for the therapist. Do not use neat on skin, it can be irritating.
5. Essential oil of Lavender
- brings harmony and balance, relaxes, calms
- cleanses and purifies both psychically and energetically
- leads to self-respect
- promotes inspiration
Precautions for use: True Lavender essential oil does not pose any known risk! It is very well tolerated, even by small babies, and can be used neat, by all routes of administration. However, it does contain a large amount of linalool, which is an allergenic compound, so people with allergic conditions should be vigilant. It is contraindicated for people with serious cardiovascular problems. Finally, people with asthma should seek medical advice before using it.
6. Nardo Himalaya essential oil
- harmonizes the neurovegetative system
- transmits warmth, comfort, security
- acts on the heart, helps the individual to refocus and be the owner of his life in calm and inner peace
- harmonizes all aspects of the personality
- roots, connect all the chakras together
Precautions for use: Himalayan tuberose essential oil is a rare oil that can only be used by adults and adolescents. The only way to avoid is the oral route. It is not toxic but has estrogen-like properties.
7. Pachuli Essential oil
- vehicle of stability and roots
- stimulates the desire to go beyond internal and external limits
- awakens sensuality and fantasy
- promotes letting go by dissolving tensions
Precautions for use: do not recommend during pregnancy and in children under 6 years of age. Possible estrogen-like effect, to be avoided in cases of mastosis or hormone-dependent cancer. Warning: this oil is tonic when used in low doses; on the other hand, it is sedative in high doses.
8. Rosemary Verbenone Essential oil
- Active 3rd eye and solar plexus
- strengthens the aura, especially the subtle mental body
- strengthens self-confidence, helps control emotions
- transmits spiritual clarity and inner strength
- strengthens memory, analytics and synthesis
- helps the development of verbal expression
- acts on the solar plexus and the third eye
Precautions for use: this oil contains ketones, neurotoxic and abortifacient risk. Do not use during pregnancy and lactation, or in children under 7 years of age, people with epilepsy, and sensitive elderly. Possible “progesterone-like” effect, to be taken into account in case of hormonal problems. Contraindicated in cases of mastitis or a history of hormone-dependent cancers (breast, ovarian, endometrial cancer). Avoid overdose and avoid prolonged use.
9. Salvia Sclarea Essential oil
- revitalizes, stimulates, dissolves tensions
- euphoric, eliminate fears and worries
- stimulates inspiration and creativity in artists
- strengthens self-confidence
- opens the door to our subconscious, clarifies and facilitates the interpretation of our dreams
Precautions: No Not for use by pregnant or lactating women or children. Do not use in cases of mastitis or a history of hormone-dependent cancer (breast, ovary, endometrium), due to its “estrogen-like” effect. Caution for its hormonal influence on women: talk to your doctor. Oral route reserved for the therapist.
How to use these essential oils? By Atmospheric Route
- In a handkerchief
- A few drops placed on tissue are enough to relax and create an inspiring or motivating environment, or even improve breathing.
- In a diffuser
- Using a diffuser is still the best option for essential oil meditation.
You can formulate a synergy of essential oils to diffuse that will adapt to your practice. We choose 1 to 3 essential oils that are added one by one in the chosen proportions in a 10 ml amber glass bottle for example.
When the time comes, we use a few drops of synergy in the diffuser (for dosage, consult the user manual of your diffuser, the dosage is different depending on the models). However, the slight noise from some of these devices can present some discomfort during a meditation session.
Preparation example: 30ml of alcohol at 90 degrees + 30 drops in one or more essential oils (2 or 3 essential oils in total).
For example, 30 ml of 90-degree alcohol + 30 drops of frankincense Palo Santo or 30 ml of 90-degree alcohol + 10 drops of frankincense HR + 10 drops of true lavender ET + 10 drops of Ylang-ylang.
- Pour the alcohol into the bottle, then add the essential oils.
- Shake the bottle for about a minute.
- Label your vial.
Use Shake well before use. Apply only 2 or 3 sprays per piece.
Precautions for use: Never spray on skin or eyes. Store away from light and heat. Essential oils are activated immediately and for several weeks. Therefore, do not abuse the spray at the risk of choking the air with essential oil particles. Check the precautions for the use of essential oils that you will use.
Whether or not you like a particular perfume is also a factor not to neglect when choosing an essential oil. Don’t use essential oils that you don’t like the smell of.
Dermal, By Assage
For cutaneous use, prepare a mixture with one or two essential oils: pour 8 drops of essential oil in total in a 10 ml tinted glass bottle and then complete with vegetable oil of macadamia, apricot kernel, or sesame:
Example of a soothing, relaxing 5% blend
- Fine Lavender ET: 4 drops
- Palo Santo EO (frankincense): 4 drops
- Sesame HV (macadamia, apricot kernel) for a 10 ml bottle Use
- Apply a small amount of the mixture to one forearm at the beginning of the meditation session.