A hands-on guide showing how essential oils can support and enhance meditative and mindful practices.
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 “Serenity” essential oils–a group of oils specifically selected for attaining and maintaining a state of mindfulness, as well as a broad spectrum of therapeutic properties–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.
Why is this book different?
Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation draws both these practices together in away that enables the reader to understand how they work, how they complement each other, and how to apply both safely, simply, and effectively. This book provides knowledge and easy to use tools. The information is supported with evidence – both academic and experiential – explained in a way that is easy to understand. This book also places these practices in the context of holistic health and wellbeing, and incorporates supportive elements such as diet and nutrition, relaxation, and basic exercise. In short: this book provides valuable self-nurturing and wellness tools that will enable you to optimise your practice of mediation and use of essential oils with ease.
Who is this book aimed at?
Short answer: anyone and everyone. Those people who are interested in taking control of their own health, wellbeing, and peace of mind. Those people who are interested in meditation and applying essential oils for their psycho-emotional-spiritual qualities. Students of Aromatherapy, aromatherapy practitioners, and health practitioners. Meditation spans generations, genders, social and economic groups, and cultures. Various religions incorporate meditation, perhaps as focused intention or prayer, but this does not mean the practice of meditation is itself religious. It is a practical process. Meditation is increasingly applied as a self-help tool to counterbalance stress, stress related conditions, including mild anxiety and depression – the manifold benefit of meditation is evidenced through research and experience.
Essential oils, applied with care and consideration, can be used in a variety of safe and effective ways to support wellbeing and wellness – again, there is a body of research evidence to support the multifaceted health benefits of essential oils (antimicrobial, skin healing, psycho-emotional and hedonistic).