Our Favorite Essential Oils For Meditation

Essential oils seem to be on everyone’s tongue regarding calm and relaxation these days. And science is proving the positive effect they can have on many levels (more).

Using essential oils in meditation is one way to reap the benefits of this natural aid, as they can help to calm and relax your mind.

Read on if you are looking for the best essential oils for meditation.

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What Essential Oil Is Good for Meditation?

Any oil that suits your sense of smell will benefit your meditation. Still, different aromas trigger different reactions in the mind and body. So, it’s good to understand a little about the variety of oils.

Most oils used for meditation have a “grounding” effect. “Grounding” means that you feel present in your body and mind, not thinking about the past or future.

Resin and wood-based oils bring their earthy scents and connection to Mother Earth. This can promote harmony and peace. Plant and citrus-based oils can also be soothing yet may feel more lively, allowing you to enhance your focus, feel inspired, and be open to healing.

Oils are generally diluted in water with a diffuser or applied topically with a carrier oil. Examples of carrier oils are jojoba, sweet almond, grapeseed, and avocado.

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What Essential Oils Are Good for the Mind?

Depending on what you are looking for in essential oil, you may want to wake up and stimulate your mind, or you may want to clear and ground your mind. There are oils for this and everything in-between.

Here are some of our favorite essential oils that are good for the mind:

  • Agarwood: Agarwood has a gentle scent that relaxes the mind and relieves stress. It is said that this is an excellent oil to balance yin and yang while giving more energy to the wearer or the environment.
  • Cedarwood: The cedarwood tree oil brings strength, grounding, and focus. Its warm scent can release feelings of aggression and anger, leading to more inner peace and calm.
  • Clary sage: Women often use this oil to help balance mood swings that can come with hormonal changes. But it is not limited to use by women as it assists everyone in focusing and clearing negative energies while balancing emotions.
  • Frankincense: This resin is grounding, connecting you to your inner being and the cosmic spirit. It can bring a deep sense of peace and balance.
  • Lavender: This is one of the most popular scents known to induce calm and relaxation. It is also one of the most researched essential oils for its positive effects on anxiety and depression.
  • Myrrh: Myrrh is a resin that grounds and uplifts simultaneously. Its sedative scent is thought to lift negative moods and uplift the spirit.
  • Neroli: This is a citrusy scent that soothes and relaxes, helping lift depression and anxiety. It is said to promote self-acceptance, self-love, and courage.
  • Palo Santo wood: This sweet scent has been used for centuries for healing and good fortune. It helps to clear negative energy, brightening the surroundings. It can also enhance clarity and concentration.
  • Patchouli: This earthy aroma is considered the oil of peace. It can help to calm the mind and connect you to Mother Earth.
  • Sandalwood: This warm woody aroma is said to help heal emotional and spiritual wounds by opening the heart.
  • Vetiver: This plant-based oil grounds you and helps to keep your focus in meditation. The relaxing scent opens you up to receive spiritual guidance and emotional healing.
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How To Use Essential Oils for Meditation

There are a variety of ways you can use essential oils for meditation. Diffusing or applying them topically onto your body are the most popular methods.


A diffuser disperses the benefits of the oils throughout your space with scent. In addition, a fragrant atmosphere can help to set the mood for you to sit and focus while in meditation.

Most diffusers use water to dilute the oil. Then, you can add as many drops to achieve the level of scent that comforts you.

There are also heat diffusers, either by candle or electric. These diffusers use heat to spread the scent of the oil poured directly into the base.

Applying Topically

You can also dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil like jojoba or grapeseed oil and apply it to your wrists, feet soles, or chakra points. Using about one drop of essential oil with five milliliters of carrier oil should give you a calming aroma to inhale while you meditate.

Caution: It’s best not to apply essential oil directly onto the skin as some oils may cause a slight reaction. Instead, a carrier oil dilutes it slightly, allowing it to rub into the skin safely.

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Essential Oil Blends & Recipes for Meditation

You can find already made oil blends for meditation by many different brands. Here are two of our favorites:

Amrita Spiritual Awakening Synergy Blend: this is a warm, woody yet uplifting prepared essential oil blend that supports meditation, yoga, and prayer.

We have a few suggestions if you prefer to mix your own blends. You can either diffuse them or mix them with a carrier oil and apply them to your pulse points.

Meditation Oil Blend 1: Mix cedarwood, palo santo, and sandalwood oils together. Try blending three drops of each to see how that scent sits with you. You can adjust as you like.

This blend combines the grounding of palo santo with the healing properties of sandalwood, along with the focus cedarwood can bring.

Meditation Oil Blend 2: Mix lavender, vetiver, and frankincense together, starting with about three drops each. Adjust to your preference.

This blend soothes, calms, and relaxes the mind and body, grounding and opening you up to guidance and healing.

Meditation Oil Blend 3: A good blend for women is clary sage, lavender, and vetiver together. Adjust with a varying number of drops of each.

We recommend mixing these diluted with a carrier oil and dabbing them onto the wrists and soles of your feet before you meditate to help balance and calm emotions.

Fore more information see our article on “How to use essential oils.”

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Mark has spent over two decades immersed in the world of natural aromatics. His first experience of Agarwood incense at a Zen center meditation class changed his life forever. He imported and traded aromatics for several years before selling that business. He now simply enjoys enriching his life with nature's aromatics and freely sharing what he knows so others may get to enjoy them also.
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