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How To Use Essential Oils For Yoga And Meditation


Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways when you are looking to maximize the benefits of meditation or yoga sessions. One of the most effective ways is aromatically through a room diffuser or a personal aromatherapy diffuser. Alternatively, try diluting essential oils with a carrier oil or lotion and apply them before a meditation session.


Keep in mind that there are plenty of essential oils that provide uplifting effects or relaxing effects for a yoga or meditation session, including, but not limited to the oils listed below.

By incorporating the right essential oils into your sessions based on your individual circumstances, mood, stress levels, and more you can optimize each session to receive maximum health benefits.


Frankincense

This particular essential oil is well known for its ability to help promote peace and calm. Because of this, it is well-regarded as one of the most spiritually-charged oils that could prove beneficial in a meditation session. Not only does its aroma offer both stimulation and elevation for the mind, but it can really help promote a better sense of center, which can help with the spiritual connection. Individuals who may experience difficulty focusing or centering themselves during a yoga or meditation might benefit from incorporating frankincense into these sessions.


Lavender

Lavender essential oil is a common oil used in a variety of settings. For individuals who practice yoga and meditation, it is particularly helpful because of the relaxation it provides. This is particularly useful for individuals who are just getting started with either yoga or meditation.


Ylang-Ylang

This is another beneficial essential oil that can be used to effectively promote better yoga or meditation sessions. Ylang-ylang is well-known for reducing tension in the body.

This is key from reaping the benefits of yoga or meditation sessions, as well as for improving flexibility. In fact, research shows that ylang-ylang essential oil can help an individual release various negative emotions that result in an inability to concentrate and effectively mediate, such as anger or frustration.


Peppermint

The beneficial aspect of peppermint essential oilis its unique ability to alleviate symptoms of respiratory issues. Peppermint is known to positively influence the entire respiratory system in a by decreasing inflammation. Another way that peppermint essential oil can help with your sessions is by providing the body with natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help with the muscle recovery after a grueling yoga session.


While yoga might not look too difficult, it can definitely leave your muscles sore the next day. The amount of strength and energy required to perform some yoga exercises and poses cannot be understated. Therefore, having an essential oil on-hand that can help your muscles recover after a yoga session proves beneficial.


Orange

One of the main reasons orange oil is an effective essential oil to use for yoga and meditation is because of its ability to provide an uplifting effect on the user. It can also help boost concentration and focus, in addition to reducing the body’s natural response to stressors.


Lemon

This is another effective essential oil for providing a jolt of energy and an increased level of self-esteem, both of which can promote increased concentration throughout your sessions. Having more energy will help you get the most out of your sessions because you won’t be lethargic or lazy.


Cedarwood

This particular essential oil is well-known for having the ability to enhance the mind and body connection. Cedarwood essential oil can help you feel more connected to the earth through its scent alone. It is a great essential oil to help ground yourself during your sessions.


Personally I have a roller for yoga that I apply to my neck and temples before I take class. The roller has lavender, cedar wood and frankincense. I have a hard time letting go of thoughts during yoga, and these oils help me relax and let things go! I only get to yoga once or twice a month, but I am working on adding a few more hours of yoga to my months!


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