My 3 Favorite Medicinal Oils for Meditation + Stress Management
- Published on: 03 May, 2016
- Last update: 07 August, 2017
“The goal of mediation isn’t to control your thoughts. It’s to stop letting them control you.”
I have been feeling like my brain is ’stuck’ lately – major writers block and just not feeling like myself! When this happens, I know I need to add more meditation to my daily routine to center my mind.
Practicing meditation for 10-20 minutes a day has been shown to reduce anxiety, stress, and even brain aging while increasing blood flow and activity in the brain. A recent Harvard study also showed that it can actually create a physically bigger brain in a matter of weeks.
Meditation can help…
- regulate mood and anxiety disorders
- increase gray matter concentration in the brain
- reduce stress and anxiety
- improve information processing and decision-making
- help your focus, attention, and ability to work under stress
- …and MUCH more! (but that’s for another post)
Although I can go on and on about the benefits of meditation, I would love to share some of the tools I use to quiet my mind and relax. I have three go-to essential oils that I rotate depending on my needs and intention. I use them by applying them diluted in carrier oil on the bottoms of my feet and back of my neck. The carrier oil that I prefer is organic fractioned coconut oil although you can use any oil you’d like (grapeseed, almond, olive). I also inhale them from the palm of my hands (aromatherapy) or diffuse them in the air. All 3 are potent and unique:
1) Jatamansi (Spikenard) Oil
I purchased this on Amazon and it’s my favorite! I use this one if I’m meditating at night or would like to enhance my dreams and REM sleep. Jatamansi is a brain/nervine tonic and memory enhancer with grounding & relaxing properties. This rare Ayurvedic herb calms overly active mental states and supports deep sleep in order to help one work through and release subconscious trauma via dreams. It’s especially helpful for deep sadness and unresolved emotional conflict.
2) Holy Basil (Tulsi) Oil
I also bought this on Amazon. I go for Holy Basil oil if I’m stressed out or wired. Holy basil is a sacred herb (in the Hindu religion) that functions as an adaptogen. It enhances the body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress (which can greatly impede meditation by clouding the mind with racing thoughts). Scientific studies show that holy basil decreases stress hormones (i.e. cortisol) which makes it easier for your brain to produce the alpha waves required for deep meditation.
3) Sacred Frankincense Oil –
I purchased this oil thanks to the advice of my friend Angela who is a Young Living distributor. You can get one through your local YL distributor (it’s an MLM company so some of your friends may distribute them) or you can talk to Ang about how to join/order. Rocky Mountain Oils also makes this oil with excellent reviews, however I’ve only used (and can therefore vouch for) this brand.
I use this sacred, spiritual oil if my intention is to better receive inspiration, images & guidance. When I’m calm and focused during meditation, sometimes a phrase or research topic will pop into my head and this guides me towards what to write about next/what I need to pay attention to. Sacred Frankincense is extremely “high vibration” in an energetic sense, which manifests in the physical plane as an incredibly medicinal product (studies show it induces apoptosis in cancer cells without harming healthy cells).
Sacred Frankincense creates a heightened sense of spiritual awareness, and assists in moments of deep, personal meditation. Studies have shown that the incensole acetate found in Sacred Frankincense works on an ion channel within the brain, which may explain its ability to create a deep connection. You can use it the ways I mentioned, or even put a drop in journals, books, or sacred texts.