Essential oils have a lovely way of shifting the energy around the body. Energising essential oils lift the energy up the back of the neck and into the mind. Relaxing essential oils press down through your heart and into the back, moving the energy down the spine and rooting you into the Earth.
TIP – If you need an actual pick me up or you’re feeling a little lonely, visualise the energy as wings wrapping around you or lifting you up.
So, what are the best essential oils for meditation? Let’s start with the root chakra…
Essential oils for the root chakra
The first chakra is the root chakra. Known as Muladhara in Sanskrit it’s deep red in colour, has the element Earth and is located at the base of the spine. Root chakra energy is associated with stability, security and the feeling of safety and grounding as it provides a link between the physical world and our energetic system.
Vetiver – You may not be familiar with this complex grass from the Poaceae family of plants which also includes lemongrass and citronella. Vetiver has a slightly more earthy, woody scent like uncut grass on a summer’s day. Meditating with Vetiver essential oil not only grounds and relaxes but can help with feelings of loneliness. It has a naturally sedative effect and is often used to calm an overactive root chakra for example if you’re feeling sluggish.
Other oils for the root chakra: Frankincense, clove, rosemary, cypress, patchouli
Essential oils for the sacral chakra
The second chakra is the sacral chakra and also known as Svadhishthana. The sacral chakra is based just below the navel, right in the centre of your lower belly. It is orange in colour and has Water as it’s element. The sacral chakra is associated with the emotional body, sensuality, and creativity. It teaches us about control issues, finding balance and is known to be the energy centre for pleasure and enjoyment.
Bergamot is an uplifting and sweet citrus scent which may be more familiar as the unique scent of Earl Grey tea. It has antidepressant effects with the complex task of being both lively and relaxing. Bergamot encourages you to follow your bliss and work through blocks that might be holding you back from your own creativity.
Other oils for the sacral chakra – Myrrh, sandalwood, cardamon
Essential oils for the solar plexus chakra
The third chakra is the solar plexus chakra. Known as Manipura in Sanskrit it is yellow in colour, has the element of Fire and is located just behind the naval below the rib cage. The solar plexus chakra is associated with self-esteem, energy, confidence and willpower. Working with this chakra can help you radiate your power in the world and encourages self-discipline and the ability to achieve.
Juniper – For gin lovers! This is the berry that gives gin its distinctive flavour. It has a warm, woody, earthy scent that is also crisp and fresh. Juniper is often linked to the solar plexus chakra for its ability to clear blockages and improve digestion and is said to have an emotional effect of increasing willpower (probably not said by the person who drunk gin).
Other oils for the solar plexus chakra – Cedarwood, lemon, ginger
Essential oils for the heart chakra
The fourth chakra is the heart chakra, or Anahata in its original Sanskrit name. It has the element Air, is green in colour (not pink!) and located in the centre of the chest at the heart centre. A blocked heart chakra can be associated with anger, jealousy, and fear. Working with this energy centre can help you feel love, compassion and encourage emotional connection.
Rose – Rose is said to have the highest spiritual frequency of all essential oils and has been connected to matters of the heart forever. Rose essential oil opens the heart chakra by evoking feelings of trust and desire. It’s soft, floral and loving scent can help you release old wounds and awaken new desires.
Other oils for the heart chakra – Ylang ylang, jasmine, tarragon
Essential oils for the throat chakra
The fifth chakra is the throat chakra and known as Vishuddha in Sanskrit which translates as “the purifier”. The throat chakra is blue, has the element Ether and is located at the base of the throat. The throat chakra is the first of the three higher, more spiritual chakras and acts as a gateway between the spiritual and physical aspects of our being. It is associated with truth, authenticity, listening and manifestation.
Eucalyptus – This essential oil works with the throat chakra by encouraging honesty. If you need help breaking through blockages or a fear of speaking your truth – or if you’re finding it hard to deal with the untruths of others, then eucalyptus essential oil can help. It also has added benefits of being both stimulating and cleansing.
Other essential oils for the throat chakra – Peppermint, spearmint, camphor
Essential oils for the third eye chakra
The sixth chakra is the third eye chakra known as Ajna which means “command”. This chakra is often described as the ‘mother’ of all the chakras and located in the forehead above the meeting point between the eyebrows. Its colour is purple and its element Light. While all the other chakras provide different experiences, the third eye chakra is the one supervising them all and so often described as the “seat of the soul”. It is the chakra of perception and discrimination.
Clary Sage – Not to be confused with white sage burned to smudge a space of negative energy (try one of our smudging kits in the Ivory Gloss online shop), clary sage essential oil has an earthy, herbaceous and slightly fruity aroma that is uplifting and has been described as slightly intoxicating which is why it’s used to enhance dreams, visions or simply for extra contemplation during meditation. It can also be used for creative work.
Other oils for the third eye chakra – Lemongrass, violet, bay laurel
Essential oils for the crown chakra
The seventh chakra is the crown chakra. Also known as Sahasrara it is believed to be the gateway to the energy of the universe. The colour of the crown chakra is either white or purple and it’s located right at the top of the head. Meditating with this chakra helps you connect with your divine self, bringing deeper knowledge, understanding and a sense of spiritual awe. Try this Ivory Gloss Crown Chakra meditation box with lavender essential oil candle and Evolve Beauty hair elixir to work with this chakra.
Lavender – Lavender is unique in the way it draws energy up to the crown of the head as well as deeply relaxing you which makes it both spiritually uplifting and soothing. It also has a way of calming your nerves with its slight sedative effect, allowing you to relax enough to connect with spirit.
Other oils for the crown chakra – Rosewood, frankincense, myrtle, palo santo
What is your go-to essential oil for meditation? Let me know in the comments below 😗