Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation: Book details














‘Bestselling Recent Release’, Inner Traditions 2019 Spring/Summer Catalog.



Book endorsement


There is a unique way to enhance psychological well-being waiting to be explored.  This book tells you how meditation and aromatherapy, classic tools for modifying the mind, can work together to maintain a state of calm and insight. – Elaine Perry, Ph.D., professor emeritus of neuroscience at Newcastle University

This interesting book melds the science and alchemy of essential oils and their use in meditation with a mix of personal anecdote and evidence. Taking the reader on a journey through these highly topical disciplines, it is a timely reminder – and a how to guide – of the importance of stepping back from the maelstrom of modern life to find a sensible inner balance…….. Dr Sophie Olszowski

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Publication date

6th November 2018 USA  $16.99

13th December 2018 UK  £12.99



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Book details



Healing Arts Press
ISBN 978-1-62055-762-4 


Also available as an e-book


Full-colour throughout



Book Synopsis


A hands-on guide showing how essential oils can support and enhance meditative and mindful practices


Details safe and effective methods to incorporate essential oils into your mindfulness or meditation practice


Explains the many ways essential oils benefit the mind, such as how odours can immediately draw your attention to the present moment, trigger a specific state of consciousness, or provide a way to regain composure quickly


Provides the latest scientific research on the emotional, psychological, physiological, and neurological effects of essential oils on the mind, body, and nervous system


Includes an easy-to-follow chart to help you choose the right essential oil for you






For millennia, the spiritual power of odour—such as from incense or frankincense—has been used to symbolise intention, stimulate awareness of our spiritual self, and accentuate rite and ritual. Drawing on this power, as well as their healing qualities, essential oils can provide the perfect complement to meditation or mindfulness practice.


Outlining the practice and benefits of meditation and mindfulness in combination with the use of essential oils, Heather Dawn Godfrey explains how these practices hone and sustain a conscious awareness of “being” in the present moment, focusing attention on what you are sensually experiencing and leaving no space for regrets, traumas, fears, anxiety, or anticipation. Providing the latest scientific research on the restorative, rehabilitative, and psycho-emotional healing effects of essential oils, she explains how the sensory experience of odours can immediately draw your attention to the present moment, trigger a specific state of consciousness, such as a deeper meditative state, or offer a way to regain composure quickly when dealing with life’s ups and downs. She shows how many essential oils naturally reduce stress and anxiety, promote a peaceful attitude, support concentration, regulate breathing, and stimulate serotonin and GABA pathways in the brain, making them ideal aids to mindfulness and meditation.


Explaining methods to incorporate essential oils into your practice, Godfrey introduces readers to the “Gem” essential oils—a group of oils specifically selected for attaining and maintaining a state of mindfulness, as well as a broad spectrum of therapeutic proper- ties—and she provides an easy-to-follow chart to help you select the oil that is right for you. Offering a hands-on practical guide to integrating essential oils into mindful and meditative practice, the author shows how each of us has the ability to self-generate a calm, tranquil, and worry-free state of mind.


Heather Dawn Godfrey, PGCE, BSc, is an aromatherapist, fellow of the International Federation of Aromatherapists, and an aromatherapy teacher. She has published a number of articles and research papers exploring the benefits of essential oils, such as how they can be applied in the management of ADHD. She lives in Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK




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Heather Godfrey – Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation, Wellness and Wellbeing