Many have found that the aromas of essential oils can help their meditation technique by contributing to an atmosphere of quiet relaxation and help to facilitate concentration and enhance disengagement from thoughts.
There are a variety of scents that can help with meditation practices. Finding the right one for you will involve some experimentation, however, persevere and you will find that perfect balance of scent that will make your meditation practice both more pleasant and more rewarding.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Many people who turn to meditation have said that the smell of Patchouli is very grounding. It has been labeled the oil of peace. It does have mild sedative properties and the earthy fragrance certainly helps to quiet the mind and increase concentration during meditation. It has a reputation for decreasing stress and also has been known to decrease anxiety relating to sex. Perhaps that's why its use was so prevalent during the 'Summer of Love' in 1967 when the hippy movement was at its height.
With a mild sweet woody camphor scent, Cedarwood acts wonderfully to focus the mind and clear it of unwanted distractions. The smell of Cedarwood can calm and invigorate at the same time. For practitioners of meditation, it has the reputation as a comforting, grounding scent which strengthens mental resilience and eliminates negative mental states. It also clears the bronchial passageways, assisting in regulating breathing which is so important to calm meditative practice.
Indian spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
One of the more complex scents, Indian spikenard is a warm and earthy one. With hints of peat, this bittersweet and woody scent is one of the oldest. It has been used by ancient civilizations as diverse as the Hindu, Hebrew and Egyptian cultures. It relaxes and helps to focus the mind.
It is becoming extremely costly to source real sandalwood due to over harvesting, however, if you can find a reputable supplier of the real one, it is invaluable for meditation purposes. The woody and sweet fragrance soothes and comforts both body and mind. This is an oil that is swiftly becoming worth its weight in gold if you can get the real thing. Its scent is unforgettable and a balm for shattered nerves, as well as being a wonderful aid to relaxation and focus.
Frankincense resin (Boswellia carterii)
Well known from biblical references, there is a reason that this scent was one of the most valued in the ancient world. It fortifies the body and the soul, quiets the mind and spirit and is of great help in meditation.
If you want to enjoy the benefits of oils for the purposes of meditation, a great place to start is with a balanced meditation blend of essential oils. Here's only one example.
10 drops Frankincense.
10 drops Mandarin (available from health shops).
20 drops Cedarwood.
Five drops Rosewood (available from health shops).
Two drops Vetiver.
Essential oils can be a valuable addition to your meditation practice.
If you want to deepen the topic, I recommend you Shana Smith. She is a natural health enthusiast and successful business owner. She owns the site www.aromatherapy4mom.com which is dedicated to natural health remedies and aromatherapy.
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