by Ashley Stone
Do you find that you are often feeling anxious? Maybe you have trouble sleeping well at night. The frantic pace of modern society can impact our well-being, which can result in imbalances that affect our health. Many people have discovered mediation or mindfulness as a way to achieve a focused state of relaxation to counteract the effects of their high-stress lifestyles.
The ancient art of mediation can offer many benefits including:
- Stress release and relaxation
- Increased circulation of subtle energies for improved health
- Self development and personal growth
- Emotional balance
- Spiritual enlightenment and transcendence
Adding Essential Oils
The spirit, mind and body are inseparably connected, communicating at a cellular level. Adding essential oils to your mediation practice can assist in uplifting, focusing and centering your spirit, mind and body, as well as help to you relax before and after you meditate.
Try anointing your forehead, inhaling or diffusing an essential oil or combination of oils before you begin meditation. Once you begin, notice any changes that come to your practice. Certain scents have long been recognized to ground practitioners or to remind them of their Divine purpose. Also, essential oils can bring oxygen to the brain, which can increase alertness and bring focus. After you find an oil that resonates with you, use it often until you have that scent firmly associated with meditation. Scent and memory are closely linked in our brains, and this ritual will help you achieve your meditative state with ease.
Pairing a tree or resin essential oil with a citrus oil can help ground the body, stabilizing mood fluctuations and creating a relaxation response. Flower essential oils help to calm the nervous system and aid in quieting mental chatter. Here are some options:
Resin and Tree oils:
Vetiver – In Ayurvedic medicine this oil is know as the “oil of tranquility” as it offers a centering, grounding effect on the emotions.
Cedarwood – This oil has clarifying properties and is relaxing and soothing the mind and body.
Sandalwood – Sandlewood has a history of use for various religious and spiritual practices. It is frequently used in meditation for its ability to offer spiritual clarity and connect to higher consciousness.
Frankincense – This oil has been used by nearly all ancient religions for spiritual practice. It promotes feelings of enlightenment, wisdom, peace, relaxation, satisfaction and overall wellness.
Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime – These oils will energize and uplift the mind and body and help improve mood.
Bergamot – This oil is unique among citrus oils due to its ability to be both calming and uplifting, making it ideal to help with anxious and sad feelings.
Ylang Ylang – This oil has been used for centuries in religious and wedding ceremonies. It is a powerful remedy for the heart and for igniting intuition.
Clary Sage – This oil is high in esters, making it a relaxing, soothing and balancing essential oil. Centuries ago, it was know as “Clear Eyes” because it helps a person change perception and increases one’s ability to visualize and imagine new possibilities.
Roman Chamomile – This oil was used by ancient Romans before battle to empower them with courage and a clear mind. It helps a person discover and live a true purpose in life.
Lavender – Lavender means “to wash” in Latin. This is the most-used essential oil globally for its calming and relaxing attributes.
Geranium – This oil is know as the emotional healer and has a regulating effect on the nervous system. It helps to restore confidence in the innate goodness of the world and others.
I always recommend using essential oils that are labeled for internal consumption, as you know that these oils will be safe to use both topically and aromatically.
Ashley Stone is a nutrition and health coach who promotes the use of essential oil products to restore health, recover from deficiencies and address disease. She is a master herbalist of 20 years and healed herself of stage 3 cervical cancer 15 years ago. For more information, visit www.stoneoils.com or call 210-843-5179.