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Friday, September 30, 2011

Aromatherapy Meditation

Aromatherapy meditation is a great way to release some of your daily accumulated stress. As each of them separately is a great stress reliever, just imagine the combined health benefits they give you when meditating with essential oils!

Meditation in itself helps the body relax and the mind quiet its inner chit-chat. Aromatherapy for meditation is known to relax the tensed muscles, reduce stress and even alter brainwave patterns, which is perfect when combined with a focused meditation technique.

Here is an easy meditation that even newcommers to the practice can try out and reap its benefits right away. If you have tried meditating before but could not really relax enough to get into a deeper state of relaxation, this easy meditation is for you.

Preparing For The Aromatherapy Meditation

For this exercise we will use essential oils. Aromatherapy is vast and it encompasses many different practices such as using essential oils or fragrances, incense sticks, candles, bath products, so you can try out various other aromatherapy products for your next meditations until you find the one that mostly resonates with you.
Have an oil burner for essential oils ready, place a lit tealight candle below the bowl, pour water in the bowl at the top and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the water. You can also use a meditation aromatherapy blend for an interesting effect. The heat from the candle flame will warm the water and create steam which will evaporate, carrying with it the essential oil to your nostrils.
While this is not a heavy meditation session, you should still keep some of the posture rules so that you have the best results from your practice.
For this meditation with aromatherapy you need to simply sit on a chair in comfortable position: not too tense but not slumped either. Have your feet firmly on the ground and let your hands slide easily in your lap.
Alternatively you can even sit on the floor if this is the position you are mostly comfortable about.
If you are already a seasoned meditation practitioner, then use your favorite position that you are mostly acustomed to when meditating with essential oils. Here the position is really not the most important aspect of this technique.

Start To Meditate

  1. Sit on the chair in a comfy position as described above, have the oil burner prepared and close your eyes.
  2. Start inhaling slowly and deeply through the nostrils, then hold the breath for a count of 3, and then slowly release the air through slightly parted lips.
  3. Repeat this step for the duration of the aromatherapy meditation.
  4. Try to think of nothing. If various thoughts enter your mind, simply bring back your attention gently on the breathing in and out.
    Don't be critical of your mind for wandering off on its own. This is what the mind has learned to do. Give yourself a mental pat on the back for noticing and then turn your attention back to the breathing. You are doing great.
  5. At some point you will start to feel the scent of the oil in the air while inhaling. Simply enjoy the scent, enjoy the atmosphere that it provides in the room and know that it helps with your meditation.
  6. After about 10 minutes, when you feel that the time is right, return to your normal breathing, think of something that you did just prior to the meditation, so that you are now grounded in the reality, and open your eyes.

Meditation Tips

This meditation can have great benefits even if only done for 5-10 minutes. The purpose of it is to simply let you relax and escape from the stress you were feeling before.
Don't forget about the lit tealight once the meditation is over. You should never leave the candle unattended and you should not let the bowl become dry.
Always have a glass of water nearby ready to fill the bowl if there is danger of it fully evaporating while the candle is still lighted.

Benefits Of Aromatherapy Meditation

This type of meditation is really a way to relax and unwind after a stressful day at work. It usually doesn't have any special spiritual or religous meaning. This is why the posture is rather relaxed while sitting.

If after the meditation session you feel relaxed, in a good mood and with a smile on your face, it has served its purpose.


  1. Meditation is very essential for our mind and body; therefore to improve our concentration power and sharp mind we used to do meditation. Meditations are of different types and it will helps us in different ways; here also we have found some positive part of meditation through which we are able to reduce stress and improve mind power.
    Meditation Tips

  2. Excellent post on Benefits of Meditation. I am very happy to read. Thanks for providing great information.