Meditation Kit

Meditation can be challenging, especially for beginners. Setting aside time each day and committing to a practice schedule takes dedication and discipline.

Not only that, but the actual practice itself can at times be a little difficult too. Essential oils can be used as safe and affordable meditation tools to help you stay focused and committed to your practice. Furthermore, these beautiful aromas can also increase your enjoyment and help you take your practice to the next level.

When used properly, these natural plant extracts are highly beneficial. Essential oils offer numerous benefits to you during meditation such as improved concentration, reduced stress and anxiety, muscle relaxation and pain relief, air purification, and heightened spiritual connection.

 

Cedarwood

Cedar is a coniferous evergreen tree that is native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The wood is steam distilled to create a light golden yellow oil. Cedarwood has a long history: Greeks and Romans burned it as an incense and the Egyptians used it as a part of their embalming process. It is perfect for use while meditating, especially during moments of chaos and instability. The oil not only defends against negativity but is also calming and grounding. It can help you bring focus inward when it feels like the world is directing your attention in a thousand directions.

The scent of atlas cedarwood oil is often described as woody and sweet, yet it’s sharper than other cedarwood oils. Other uses for the oil include topical treatments for acne and dandruff, and it’s sometimes used to treat bronchitis and coughing. It is also considered an aphrodisiac.

 

Palo Santo

Palo Santo essential oil comes from a South American tree that’s known the Spanish name that means “holy wood.” It has been used in folk medicine for centuries for a variety of treatments and used to cleanse houses against bad energy by burning the wood. More recently, Palo Santo has been used as an incense and as an essential oil. The wood is steam distilled to create a clear, pale yellow oil. It is one of the new oils used in aromatherapy, so there isn’t as much documentation of its uses as the other oils on this list.

Because of its history of use by native shamans, it is highly recommended for use with meditation or other spiritual practices. The oil is very grounding and helpful to calm you and center you when you sit down to meditate. Since palo santo has been burned to clear negativity, many people find the oil also helps to ward away negative energies.

 

Patchouli

Patchouli oil comes from a plant native to the tropical regions of Asia, though it’s now cultivated across the world. The oil is made through steam distillation of dried leaves from the plant and produces a dark golden brown oil. You may recognize the name because patchouli is well-known for its use in East Asian incense and being popular among hippies in the ’60s and ’70s. Patchouli oil has also been used for insect repellant and a deterrent against moths to protect linens during the 18th & 19th centuries.

For meditation, patchouli essential oil is calming and grounding. It’s often used in blends for meditation and you should find it helps to center you and calm your mind when you sit for meditation. It’s a great oil to invest in early on because the oil’s scent improves with age, similar to a nice wine. Some people even grow patchouli themselves to enjoy the scent of fresh patchouli leaves and to dry them for personal uses.