Meditation and Aromatherapy: Tools to Combat Stress!

Sometimes life can get a little bit stressful. Jobs, relationships, family, and finances are just a sliver of things that are a part of our everyday lives. While we do our best to manage everything and still get some sleep at night, there’s nobody who doesn’t suffer from a little stress and anxiety in their life. These kinds of ailments affect far more than just our mind.. in fact, stress and anxiety can even contribute to worsening physical effects such as poor gut health.

Meditation and aromatherapy are a few great things you can easily insert into your life. They’ll give you a calmer mind, more peace, and a clearer head. In this paper I’ll be discussing meditation and a few different kind of aromatherapies. Also, there are a few essential oils you can use in this sort of holistic therapy, and I will be talking about the immense benefits of those as well. If you’re thinking that you don’t really need this or that you never struggle with stress and anxiety, that’s great! But even the most peaceful of people still make a point to practice these habits. And sometimes our routines feel inadequate, boring, or dull, and we need something to spice things up.

How to Practice Meditation and Aromatherapy

Meditation is a great way to start off the day in a calmer, more focused state of mind. I won’t touch too much on meditation, as there are plenty of fantastic resources online. Get into a comfortable position on the floor, ideally legs crossed, in a quiet room where there aren’t any distractions. Lower the lights or turn them off. Rest your hands in your lap and start to breathe deeply and slowly. At this point, there are multiple different types of meditation practices, each one focusing on serving a different purpose. I’m going to stop here, though. If we back up to before the meditation practice begins, there lies an opportunity to practice aromatherapy (you can practice after meditation too). Doing yoga can be considered a form of meditation, so if you are a practicing yogi, you can easily integrate mindfulness meditation the next time you practice. Booking yoga retreats online can help you meet other like-minded individuals who can encourage you to keep up with your yoga practice regularly.

Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils and aromatic plant extracts for calming and healing purposes, usually by rubbing the oil into the skin or by dispersing it into the air. These five different oils each have healing and rejuvenating properties and may be a sold just as an oil, or in a lotion or salve. When I meditate, I usually light an incense stick. With thousands of different smells available, it may seem hard to find one or two that you really like, but they’re fairly cheap. I use Nag Champa brand incense. Breathing in the smell of the incense stick really helps me calm down and focus on relaxing during meditation.

Essentials of Aromatherapy

While burning incense smells good and is a good form of aromatherapy, there are some negative side effects. It may damage things in your room after an extended period of time, and it’s not great for your lungs to breathe in the smoke. If incense doesn’t seem right for you, using oils during your spiritual practice is definitely the right way to go. You can buy oils online or at a store that would sell this kind of stuff, and you can choose to buy an oil diffuser or just rub it on your skin. Pick your oil by smelling it. Whichever aroma you prefer, go with that. A diffuser is a good thing to buy if you want to just use it as a mist in your room, but if you just want to apply a few drops on your forehead no diffuser is needed. I would suggest trying each one out. Your body may react differently to the two methods.

While you may have heard of the most common essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, lemon, or vanilla, there are many more that can be used for its therapeutic benefits. Frankincense, which is extracted from trees in Africa and India, helps relieve stress and anxiety and promotes feelings of calmness. Neroli, derived from white blossoms in Asia, helps alleviate anxiety and heart palpitations. Myrrh, extracted from several tree species, has a very uplifting scent that promotes calmness and tranquility. Vetiver, from a perennial bunchgrass native to India, has a musty, earthy scent and helps promote inner strength and protection during meditation. The last one is sage. Sage is not only used in culinary recipes, it’s a fantastic essential oil that has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It is believed to remove negative energy.

Go Make it a Habit

Now that you know a little bit more about the immense benefits of meditation and aromatherapy, I advise you go give it a shot! It’s tough to stick with it, but if you do, you’ll reap the rewards and become happier that you have such a small but productive task you can complete each day. When it comes to mindfulness and meditation practice, make sure to try out different methods and techniques, different oils and incenses, and different ideas for stress management, as we all need it from time to time.