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Pursuing the elusive: 4 essential oil blends for peace and happiness

Happiness is the will-o-the-wisp of our lives. The more we pursue it, the less we attain it. At one time, we feel like we have it in us, at another time, there is a complete blackout and life looks grim and sober. Happiness and peacefulness are indeed two important factors that mark our well-being. Success itself is often a measure of happiness and even the most successful find it difficult to stay happy. Essential oils can bring in happiness and joy to the restless minds. Citrus oils are often boosters of the mind and they create a pleasant, happy environment free of worries and problems.

How essential oils can bring joy: Essential oils can be used to make you happy in the most versatile ways. Whether you use them as diffusers, as bath salts, in massage or for inhalation, a few essential oils can pep up your mood and escalate you from a state of sobriety to instant joy and amusement. Some of the few essential oils that can be used to increase your joy:


1. Orange: A perfect anti-gloom oil that can induce a sense of joy and playfulness in you. It is ideal even for couples who want to share a romantic evening.

2. Mandarin: This oil is all about simple fun. It brings with it laughter, humor, child-like energy and playfulness. Inhale the oil and you are in the midst of fun.

3. Grapefruit: You see more fun and happiness in everyday life when you use Grapefruit oil. It enhances your energy, amusement levels and excitement quotient.

4. Lemon: Lemon is all about humor. Add the oil in your bath water for a refreshing bath or enhance your energy, mood and happiness with a whiff of lemon.

5. Lime: If you are all negative or dumped in blues, Lime should be the oil of your choice. Bring humor to yourself and vivify your life by using this oil in a diffuser or bath salt.

Essential oil blends for happiness:
Many essential oil blends can help you gain stability and happiness in lives. You can use the below blends in a diffuser, as a massage oil, as a bath salt or in bath water.

Essential oil blends for bliss: Add 2 drops of Bergamot with 1 drop of Jasmine, 1 drop of Rose and 2 drop of Sandalwood. Mix the blend and inhale it or use it in a diffuser at your home. All the people in your home can benefit from this.

Essential oils for joyfulness: To be happy requires skill and confidence. But you can make you mood light with the following blend of essential oils – 2 drops of Basil, 1 drop of Geranium, 3 drops of Melissa and 2 drops of Sandalwood. Mix the ingredients for an aromatic blend.

Essential oils for warmth: Experience a sense of warmth with this essential oil blend. Add 2 drops of Black Pepper to 3 drops of Patchouli, 4 drops of Rosewood and 3 drops of Ylang Ylang. Mix the ingredients well to create a fragrant blend and use in it your diffuser or bath water.

How to use: For diffusing blends, you need to add 20 drops of the chosen blend in your diffuser. For bathing, you need include 15 drops of the blend in your bath oil recipe or 5 drops of the same in lukewarm bath water. For massaging, use 10 drops of the chosen blend in your massage oil recipe. If you wanted to freshen your atmosphere, use 30 drops of the chosen blend in your air freshener recipe.

Don’t bite heads off: Aromatherapy blends for anger management

Your boss. Your neighbor. That infuriating talk show host. Your teen’s shoddy behavior. Your spouse’s irresponsible drinking habit. The traffic on the way to your office. Your incorrigible in-laws. Your stupid colleague. Your oft-disconnected WiFi network. And above all, the hell a lot of noise your neighbor’s poodle makes at night. Just think. What are the things that drive you up a wall? How many people infuriate you with their behaviors? How aggressive are you when you become angry?

Anger management is not that easy. People who have been there and done it, know. Though research, therapies and medications are there to help with controlling your anger, nothing helps without you taking the first step. Often, this involves being dumb about your anger and loading the hurt inside. This can be more harmful as you can explode at one point if you keep suppressing your fury. It can also affect you physically and psychologically if you are not taking care of yourself. Research has found out that people with high blood pressure saw a jump in their pressure when they were angry. For some, anger can lead to asthma symptoms and angina attacks. In brief, anger can be all-consuming if you are not careful or do not know how to manage it.


Aromatherapy for anger management: Essential oils can do a lot in controlling anger. With their calming and soothing effects, essential oils reduce everyday anger and make you peaceful and at home with yourself. The following aromatherapy blends can help control anger:

1. Rose oil: Rose is a symbol of beauty and love. The very thought of the flower or a whiff of the oil can bring peace in you. You can inhale the oil directly from the bottle or rub it on to your pulse points for better performance. If possible, you can add a few drops on to your handkerchief and use it all through the day. A more economical way of using the oil is to use a candle diffuser. This would be more beneficial as you can share it with everyone at home.

2. Aromatherapy blends: You can use the following blends as diffuser oils, bath oils, massage oils, air fresheners and bath salts. Before we look at the proportions of the blends to be used, let’s get an overview of the blends:

Blend 1:
For most calming effects, mix 1 drop of Rose with 3 drops of Orange and 1 drop of Vetiver.

Blend 2: For a pleasant atmosphere, add 3 drops of Bergamot to 1 drop of Ylang Ylang and 1 drop of Jasmine

Blend 3: For a sense of peace and refreshment, add 1 drop of Roman Chamomile to 2 drops of Bergamot and 2 drops of Orange.

Blend 4: For easy everyday use, add 3 drops of Orange oil to 2 drops of Patchouli.

3. How to use aromatherapy blends for anger: Once you have prepared or experimented with your blends, you can use them in the following ways:

Diffuser oils: Add 20 drops of your blend (can be got by multiplying your blend 4 times) to your diffuser following your manufacturer’s instructions.

Bath oils: Bathing is a great way to temper your anger. Multiply your blend by 3 times and add 15 drops of it to your bath oil recipe.

Massage oils: Use 10 drops of your blend, mix it with a good carrier oil and massage your body with it. Massaging can relax your tensed muscles and bring you peace of mind.

Bath salts: Adding anger-controlling oils in your bath salts recipe is a good idea to bring in a sense of peace. Add 5 drops of your chosen blend to your regular bath salt recipe.

Air Fresheners: To make the whole room or living area aromatic and bring in a sense of peaceful atmosphere, add 30 drops of your blend to your air freshener recipe.

All brawn, no brains? 4 reasons to improve memory with aromatherapy

Aromatherapy, as all know, uses essential oils to cure ailments, subside chronic symptoms and alleviate pain or stress. Ok, aromatherapeutic use of essential oils can improve your physical health and well-being through the nose-limbic system. But, does it help with gaining mental clarity or minimizing memory loss? It does, if you know how to use essential oils in the right way. This piece will focus on how aromatherapy helps in boosting brain power and establishing one’s happiness, productivity, creativity etc.

Essential oils and fragrances: Fragrances have the power to influence the physical functions of a body. Like every other cell, they add to the vitality of the body, making it more alert and active. Researchers have found out that essential oils connect to the nose-limbic system faster than injections or drugs. This approach is a quicker and more beneficial medicinal approach than engaging in a series of blood-sucking drugs. Since the limbic system is the seat of hippocampus or the memory engine of the brain, smells can also affect our memory. A smell has in fact, the potential to raise memories and emotions, stirring up even a distant past.


Below are a few reasons are on why we should use aromatherapy to cure brain ailments or improve memory:

1. Essential oils feed the brain: Unlike regular drugs, aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine which feeds the brain with a great supply of nutrients. A simple inhalation or massage can do wonders to clear your mental tension or problem.

2. Cross the blood-brain barrier: It takes a lot of time for other medications or drugs to reach the mainstream of blood. Since the odor molecules are both a mixture of tiny and large compounds, they find it easy to overcome the blood-brain barrier and enter the brain directly.

3. Clear toxins: Essential oils are great toxin killers and eliminators. It cleanses the body and brain of toxins and heavy metals like aluminum that maybe lodged in the brain. Usually these toxins and metals  can cause heavy duty damage to the brain and can contribute to memory loss and lack of mental stability.

4. A visit to the past: Essential oils bring to memory all that you forgot before. It triggers areas that are emotional, involves memory growth and stores trauma/pleasure. This is because the limbic system is associated with memories about past. Some of the oils are used to release fears, change belief systems and recall a number of buried information. Usually the ‘amygdala’ is triggered for the above purposes.

Essential oils for memory loss and mental clarity: There are several oil blends for improving memory and enhancing mental clarity. Here are a few:

  • Frankincense oil stimulates many items in the limbic system as well as the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands and has been treated for cancer and depression.
  • Rosemary oil is said to increase alertness, according to a study conducted in 2003.
  • Eucalyptus and Peppermint oils are used to enhance your cognitive performance and have a muscle-relaxing effect on the body
  • Lavender is a great anti-anxiety oil. High on relaxation quotient, lavender reduces stress that may get in way of studying improve concentration
  • Ginger oil stimulates cognition,  while Citrus is highly energizing. You can even use Lemon oil to nullify the post-lunch sluggishness in your office.
  • Vetiver is a rich oil which can provide grounding and stability to the mind. A tonic to the mind, Vetiver helps treat depression patients and children with ADD and ADHD to learn again. Stress-relieving, Vetiver oil can be used to calm aggressive children and bring in mental clarity while dealing with day to day affairs.

Mind, moods and aromas: A glimpse at the mood properties of essential oils

Have your ever noticed why things happen the way they happen during an aromatherapy session? Ever wondered why we are drawn to things that are smelly (in a positive or negative way) rather than things that are bland in scent? Mind can be influenced by the smell or scent of something as the olfactory nerves have a close relationship with the limbic system of the brain. Hippocampus, fornic, singulate cyrus, thalamus, mamillary bodies, amygdala and olfactory bulb are parts of the limbic system which influence the brain and controls various important parts/functions of the body.

The smell brain: Before the limbic system was discovered, this part of the brain was referred to us the “the smell brain” It is this smell brain which brings about mood changes in a person. When inhaling an essential oil, olfactory sensations immediately work on the brain and cause it to set off a series of changes in the emotional plane. Let’s take a look at the mood properties of popular essential oils and which oil can be used for changing or bringing about a particular mood:


1. Alertness: To become alert, you can inhale blends with Basil, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Peppermint and Rosemary. These oils invigorate the brain and make even a dullard hyperactive and mentally agile.

2. Concentration: The power of focus is extremely necessary for success and to achieve this, use the following oils – Lemon, Basil, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Frankincense, Chamomile Roman etc.

3. Confidence: Some children can lack confidence due to peer pressure or parental pressure. To help such children with low self-esteem and self-confidence, add Cypress, Fennel, Ginger, Grapefruit, Orange, Jasmine and Pine to your bath water or essential oil blends.

4. Creativity: Creativity is a will o’ the wisp and cannot be easily achieved. To improve your creativity or usher in creative thoughts, use Bergamot, Lemon, Frankincense, Neroli, Jasmine, Cloves and Rose oils.

5. Peace: To lead a peaceful life or to calm yourself during stressful situations, use Chamomile Roman, Neroli, Juniper, Melissa, Yarrow and Frankincense oil blends in your bath water or inhalations.

6. Happiness: Happiness is the most elusive thing in the world. One moment you have it, another moment, it is not there. To bring about happiness into your life, use Orange, Rose, Jasmine, Ginger, Cinnamon, Geranium and Cloves.

7. Rest and relaxation: To rejuvenate yourself and bring about complete sense of relaxation after a long tiresome routine or hard day at office, use Lavender, Geranium, Clary Sage, Neroli and Sandalwood oils.

8. Self-esteem: To build your self-esteem and face the world with confidence, use Jasmine, Geranium, Cedarwood, Sandalwood and other oils. You can also work on your self-image with Orange, Lavender, Melissa, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Bay, Pine and Nutmeg oils.

What is it to play the older guy? 4 essential oil blends for parents

Playing the older guy or parent in the house is extremely difficult. This is more so if you are dealing with teens at home. From your rosy, young baby, your boy or girl transforms into a privacy-seeking, adolescent with peculiar behavior and temper tantrums. As a parent, you maybe faced with dichotomies and may yourself be confused on how to deal with your teen. You may feel that you need to restrict your child but at the same time want him or her to grow independent. If you are a parent trying to cope with your boy or girl, understand that it takes time for your child to learn things and the best way for you is to accept them as they are.

Essential oil blends for parents: Of course, as a parent, you can find many good books in the market on raising children. To apply the advice you get from those books, you would need patience and peace of mind. The below essential oil blends can provide just that in case you are too troubled to discuss your parenting problems with others. When you use aromatherapy on a daily basis, you gain balance and more insight into your teen’s problems. This would help you deal with issues in a compassionate and consoling manner instead of taking the stance of a tyrannical parent.


Prepare the below recipes in a 10 ml bottle. After pouring the essential oil blends, fill the bottle with base vegetable oils or carrier oils.

1. For balance and tranquility: Sometimes as a parent, you can lose patience with your kids. Though what your children do can be irritating and annoying, you need to maintain your calmness and peace of mind to see things in the right perspective. Add 6 drops of Sandalwood, 7 drops of Lavender oil, 2 drops of Marjoram with 2 drops of Rose otto. Apply the blend on your solar plexus or abdomen or pour about one third of the blend into your bath water. If you respond to the blend with a very positive effect, pour some on the palm of your hand and inhale deeply.

2. For assertiveness: This blend will help you stay grounded and assertive in your stance as a parent. Add 6 drops of Rosemary, 5 drops of Cypress, 6 drops of Cedarwood and 4 drops of Sandalwood. Massage the blend on to your solar plexus and lower back. You can also use the blend in your bath water or inhale it by rubbing on to the palm of your hands.

3. For communication: As a parent you need to be poised in your approach to your children. This blend will help you soothe your emotions like anger, resentment, guilt or frustration held within the body and mind. Add 4 drops of Lavender, 5 drops of Sage, 4 drops of Chamomile with vegetable or carrier oils. Massage your neck, throat and shoulders with the blend or pour into warm bath water or inhale by rubbing on to hands.

4. For emotional security: This blend is ideal for improving your sense of emotional security and comfort. Add 3 drops of Rose, 5 drops of Sandalwood, 5 drops of Orange and 4 drops of Pine and blend it with vegetable oils. Then, massage the blend on to solar plexus and abdomen. You can even add it to your bath water or inhale deeply.

At your wit’s end? Aromatherapy for relief from stress and insomnia

Are you tensed, overstressed and drained out completely? Do you wake up in the middle of nights never to sleep again? Are you anxious about what will happen next even when you know that it is silly to be anxious? Maybe you are caught in the web most Americans are in – the vicious cycle of stress, insomnia and anxiety which occur mostly in hyperactive and over-worked individuals who do not know what it is to relax. In this post-modern era, we are constantly working to exceed ourselves. We strive, slog and do everything in our capacity (and not in our capacity) to achieve what we deem to be phenomenal at the expense of our health.

Stress and insomnia cure: Traditional medicine recommends oral drugs for the cure of stressful conditions and sleeplessness. Though these drugs work, the problem with them is, they inflict a curse of side effects on patients who take them. The medications actually cause more stress than what was already there. Some medications also take patients into a chain reaction, where they are helpless without a particular drug. This causes acute withdrawal symptoms in drugs.


Aromatherapy is a god-send medicine when it comes to curing illnesses or relieving stressful conditions. An effective pain relief therapy, aromatic essential oils work wonders on your body, without any side effects.

Aromatherapy for stress relief: As you all know, aromatherapy oils are natural essence oils that can relieve you of physical, emotional, chemical and mental stress. It alleviates muscular fatigue, combats physiological pain and fights stress-related insomnia in patients.

1. Physical stress: Physical stress is caused by the over-exertion of the body, physically. Though complete rest would rejuvenate a tired body, essential oils aid in such revival. You can try clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, thyme, peppermint and rosemary oils for relieving physical stress.

2. Environmental stress caused by loud noise, bright light, drive through heavy traffic, constant annoyances, pollution etc. can be treated with oils like basil, cedarwood, chamomile, geranium and coriander.

3. Chemical stress
can occur when you overeat or subject yourself to a lot of medications. Abuse of drugs or over-use of oral medications can result in chemical stress due to the accumulation of toxins in the body. This can be cleared off by inhaling clary sage, lavender, lemon, rosemary, grapefruit, geranium and lemon.

4. Emotional/mental stress
is caused by depressive thoughts, sufferance of painful emotional problems for a prolonged time and very low self-esteem. Basil, chamomile, bergamot, grapefruit, sandalwood and geranium can be used to get relief from mental stress.

You can use essential oils to even clear unwanted materials or substances in your environment. Cypress, eucalyptus lemon, grapefruit, lavender and rosemary oils can cleanse stale air at your home or office and help you breathe aromatic air. Basil, bergamot, birch, coriander, geranium, grapefruit and neroli can improve concentration and make you more creative.

Essential oils for insomnia: Tisserand, an aromatherapist, studied the effect of several oils in hospital patients and found the following essential oils to be effective in treating insomnia: lavender, marjoram, geranium, mandarin, and cardamom. With sedative properties, these oils induced sleep in insomniacs.

Sleepless nights, chaotic mind: 4 essential oil ideas for insomnia cure

Sleep and depression are interconnected. Lack of sleep can lead to depression or sleeplessness itself can be an aftermath of depression. If you are already depressed, your sleeplessness will increase your depression. If not, your insomnia will be a precursor to a state of depression. This is because, when you realize that you are sleepless, your worry increases. You start worrying about your helpless state and that leads to depression or a gloomy feeling ultimately. The vicious cycle continues to panic you unless and until your clear insomnia from your life. Essential oils can help with insomnia cure if used in the right way.

Aromatherapy for insomnia: Aromatherapy essential oils has been widely used in insomnia cure. This is because the therapeutic effect of essential not just to heal your physical wounds, but even to help you forget your mental/emotional wounds. When there is emotional healing, heaviness lifts and sleeplessness fades away. Your chaotic mind finally comes to rest.


There can be several reasons for insomnia and stress is one important reason. On the contrary, a good night’s sleep is essential to carry on your daily routine. Life also looks better and well handled when you have rested well the previous night. Another thing is, when you sleep well, you will not worry about sleeplessness and that would alleviate your depression. Aromatherapists prescribe several essential oil blends to help with insomnia. Below are a few of them:

1. Sleepy blend: This blend will put to you to sleep within a few minutes of use. Combine 10 drops of Roman Chamomile, 5 drops of Clary Sage and 5 drops of Bergamot and blend well to make an aromatherapy recipe that can be added to a tissue and kept under your pillow. If you don’t like this pillow technique, you can make a blend at the ratio of 2 drops of Roman Chamomile, 1 drop of Clary Sage and 1 drop of Bergamot to your diffuser and use it one hour before bedtime.

2. Lavender massage: As you know, Lavender is a great oil for inducing sleep and rest and this Lavender oil massage can help you do only that. Mix Lavender with carrier oil (3 to 5 drops is sufficient) and rub it on the back of your neck, along your spine and 1-2 drops at the bottom of each foot. Do this just before bedtime. You can even use Lavender as a diffuser in your bedroom. Or you can soak in bath water of 10 drops of Lavender oil 15 minutes before you go to sleep.

3. Blissful sleep blend: For a good night’s sleep, combine 15 drops of Lavender with 10 drops of Frankincense and 5 to 6 drops of Tangerine. This is a wonderful combination that diffuses in about 15 minutes time. The blend is both therapeutic and heavenly too as the aroma is exotic and relaxing.

4. Insomnia Body Rub: What can be more useful than this body rub which can induce sleep instantly? Combine 4 drops of Clary Sage, 2 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Valerian, 3 drops of Vetiver and use 6 drops or 3 drops of the blend in 1 tsp of carrier oil. You can use it as a body rub and rub it on to your temples, back and all points that you are comfortable with.

Don’t push your panic button: 5 essential oils for treating panic attacks

Panic attacks can be debilitating. Those who have gone through it know what it means to survive a panic attack. It is not the attack as such, but the aftermath of the attack that is dangerous. You are left in a sudden state of intensity and you do not know what to do. You experience intense feelings like nervousness, anxiety and fear, with your body secreting bouts of adrenaline to cope with the situation. So much happens at such a short period of time that you do not know how to control the situation or manage yourself. You often end up pushing the panic button, making the situation more awful. Panic attacks can cause havoc out of nowhere. Though there are medications and psychotherapy sessions to treat panic attacks, essential oils can be good remedies to handle situations of such kind. This article will elaborate on what it means to treat panic attacks with aromatherapy oils.

Essential oils for panic attacks: When you are under a panic attack, you may not be able to function properly. You are anxious, nervous and helpless. Your endocrine system functions inappropriately, and you may face problems like breathlessness, high pulse rate and hyper-anxiety. Panic attacks are triggered by many factors and some of them are stress, bad foods, emotional ill-health, drugs, traumas, emergency situations etc. Essential oils can help with alleviating the symptoms of panic attacks. Some of the below blends which can help with treating the attacks:

1. Blend 1: Combine 2 drops of Helichrysum and 3 drops of Frankincense and shake well to prepare the blend. You can diffuse the oil for use in rooms or your living space.

2. Blend 2: Combine 1 drop of Rose oil with 4 drops of Lavender oil to prepare a blend that can help with panic attacks. Inhale the blend to relax your mind and relieve yourself of anxiety.

3. Blend 3: Prepare a blend with 1 drop of Rose oil and 4 drops of Frankincense. This is an exotic blend that can help in treating your symptoms of panic attack. You can reduce your stress levels and look at the world in a relaxed manner. Diffusing this blend is better as Frankincense is good for     aromating your living space.

4. Blend 4: Combine 1 drop of Neroli with 4 drops of Lavender and shake well to blend both oils together. Lavender is an ever-relaxing oil. It can be used in massaging, as bath oil or in bath salts, for a soothing effect.

5. Blend 5: Panic attacks can be triggered by a sense of fear. You can use fear-reducing oils to reduce the intensity of attacks. Add 2 drops of Clary Sage, 2 drops of Roman Chamomile and 1 drop of Vetiver for a relaxed and calm effect.

Banish the negative: How to cultivate positivity with essential oils

Negativity is all around us. Believe it or not, even a smirk or a harsh word thrown at us has a tremendous negative influence over our life. This negativity breeds more negativity, resulting in annihilation of an environment  that is devoid of anything lively or inspiring. We get into monotonous routines, complaining of things and monologuing about our present state of affairs. Above all, we lose interest in life and drag ourselves to do things that we should be accomplishing with a sense of feat. To combat negativity often does not require just a change of mind, but a change in the environment too. This does not mean we need to holiday in an exotic island to get a treat of the positives of our life. It is enough if we recognize and enjoy what is positive about things and situations around us. Essential oils can help us do this with some strong, spiritual and silence-inducing aromatherapy treatments.

How to banish the negative: Cut the crap of negativity that surrounds you. It can be people, things, relationships, jobs, financial agreements or tiresome physical habits. If you have a repulsion toward something, understand that there is basically something wrong about the thing or the person. Analyze your situation and make decisions. Try cultivating a positive approach to your life. If you are able to bring in positivity, go deep into the situation and dig out the negatives. This can mean going into a meditative or mental cleansing state. Essential oils can help you do this through their aromas. They can uplift your spirit and infuse positives into your life.

Essential oils are generally aromatic. They work because they connect directly to the limbic system of the brain, unlike the other medicines or drugs which need to be dissolved into the blood stream to produce a reaction/response. Since the limbic system is one of the most effective and most ancient systems in the body, it has direct control over all the most important systems, including the heart, the digestive systems and other body parts. Essential oils work by uplifting the spirit, purifying your immediate environment and thereby combating negativity in our life.

Essential oils for combating negativity: Several civilizations have used essential oils for banishing negativity in life. One of the primary reasons for using aromatic oils in Christianity, Native American and Hindu or Persian tradition is to abolish sabotaging influences. The below list of oils have helped remove negativity from ancient times and can do the same with you too: Atlas Cedarwood, Cypress, Common Sage, Hyssop, Lemon, Juniper Berry, Lime, Myrrh, Peppermint, Spearmint and Virginian Cedarwood. You can use these oils in air fresheners or diffusers or even use them as bath oils in your daily routine. Adding them to your daily routine helps immediatley fight any kind of negative influence in your life.

A call to your Higher Self: 6 kinds of essential oils for spirituality

New Age living incorporates both the material and the spiritual in our lives. People of the post-modern era do not just surf or sky-dive or travel continents, but also meditate and relish in their own spirituality or godliness. Though there maybe several contradictions regarding the practice of spirituality, people who engage in it say that they have found solace and peace of mind in such practices. This article is to those few who find respite in spirituality and ruminate about a  spiritual approach to life.

Essential oils for spirituality: This has happened from existence. Yes, essential oils have played a phenomenal role in the daily spiritual life of people in various religions, communities and races. Right from the ancient Indians to the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans and the Persians, many civilizations have used essential oils for different kinds of religious and daily worship rituals. Incorporating essential oils in your daily prayer or spiritual schedule can be a remarkable way to attain spiritual bliss and peace. Though there are a list of essential oils for spiritual practices, none is particularly designated for spirituality. In general, it is the oil of your choice. If a particular essential oil appeals to you personally, you can try using it in your spiritual practices. Who knows, it may help you connect with your higher self instantly. For instance, if Manuka or Bergamot appeal to you, you can use them in your daily worship even if they are not listed as spirituality oils.


Below are a list of few essential oils that can enhance your spiritual fervor:

1. Oils for grounding/self assertiveness: If you are low on self esteem and require oils to boost your confidence and find a way to connect to your spiritual self, these are the best: Altas Cedarwood, Frankincense, Galbanum, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Vetiver and Virginian Cedarwood. Make blends using any of the oils and use it in the diffuser in your worship or meditation room.

2. For mental cleansing: Spirituality requires patience, mental clarity and purity. If you are too much absorbed in worldly things, you may not be able to engage in good spiritual practices. To get rid of the material from your mind, use Cypress, Common Sage, Hyssop, Lemon, Lime, Juniper Berry, Myrrh, Peppermint, Spearmint and Atlas and Virginian Cedarwood.

3. For cultivating a sense of gratitude:
Spirituality is all about giving thanks to the world and God. Essential oils can even enhance your sense of gratitude to others. Use Bergamot, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Lime, Neroli, Orange and Ylang Ylang to achieve this.

4. To cope with grief: Pain or grief or acute suffering can be obstacles to your faith. To free yourself from grief and trust in God or a Higher Self, use Frankincense, Helichrysum, Neroli, Rose and Sandalwood.

5. Essential oils for enlightenment: Yes, there are oils to heighten your desire for enlightenment and they are Cypress, Frankincense, Rosemary, Spikenard, Sandalwood, Helichrysum etc.

6. Other oils: Some oils in this list are hazardous to the skin, yet they help aid your sense of spiritual well being. They are Bay Laurel, Cassia, Cinnamon, Fir Needle, Ginger, Lavender, Myrtle, Scotch Pine and Spruce.