Posts Tagged ‘meditation’

Subtle Aromatherapy and Meditation

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

The hook for most of us to meditate, is that it can help us to reduce the stress that we create in our hectic day to day lives.  And if this is your primary focus for meditation, aromatherapy can certainly help with calming essential oils like  lavender, rose, or chamomile.  As we breathe these oils in we can feel ourselves relax, and move into a better mood.

That’s great!, but how does it work? When we inhale essential oils, whether by diffuser, or in a blend, we trigger thousands of olfactory nerve cells in our nose, that carries the scent directly to our olfactory bulb, located to the back of our nose.  The nerve endings of the olfactory bulb, then send the scent directly to our limbic brain, that houses such instincts as our memories, emotions, sex drive, hunger, and pleasure.  That is why some scents  can remind us of  long ago memories, shift our moods, or be considered aphrodisiacs.

However, relaxation is only a side-effect of meditation.  The true reason to meditate is to gain a higher consciousness.  And if this is your goal,  Subtle Aromatherapy is a great way to access and enhance your deeper meditation skills.  Sandalwood for instance, has a long history in India, Tibet and China of bringing one into higher states of consciousness, by stilling the mind of it’s incessant chatter, while calming and toning the nervous system.  Sandalwood also has a subtle grounding affect , so it is related to the crown and base chakras.  Unfortunately, these days, we cannot work with the infamous Mysore Sandalwood, since the tree is almost extinct.  Due to unsustainable harvesting practices in India, obtaining Mysore Sandalwood legally, is nearly impossible.  However, Australian Sandalwood is a good substitute.

Known since ancient times, Frankincense has been used spiritually in the Middle East, Greek, and Roman civilizations.  Egyptians, Jews, and Romans alike have burned it in their ceremonies and rituals.  Frankincense is known to  profoundly affect us spiritually and psychologically, by stilling the mind, calming our central nervous systems, and helping us to break free from mundane attachment.  Frankincense is also subtly grounding.  It opens the crown chakra, balances the third eye, and connects us to the earth through our base chakra.

Another excellent aid in reaching higher consciousness in meditation is Lotus Attar. Seen as a sacred flower for millenia, it has been put on Hindu, Buddhist and Egyptian alters as offerings to the Gods.   Opening our Crown chakra, Lotus attar will help us to transcend our earthly bonds and experience our Divinity.  It has beeen seen as a symbol for spiritual enlightenment, and it’s purpose is to accelerate our spiritual evolvement.  Relaxing and euphoric, it’s a must for anyone wanting to enhance their meditations.  There are three different colors of Lotus, pink, white and blue;  each containing it’s own subtlety of scent and function.  When Attars are made, the essential oils are infused in odorless sandalwood during or directly after the distillation process. As a fixative, sandalwood helps to expand the bouquet and creates a long lasting scent.  So whether you inhale or anoint, you can benefit from the affects of lotus and sandalwood, in Lotus Attar.

Tell us about your experiences with Subtle Aromatherapy and Meditation!

Learn more information about aromatherapy and get a free product!  Sign-up for my newsletter.

Bookmark and Share

Subtle Aromatherapay: An Overview

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Other than being an aromatherapist, I also have an 18 year old spiritual healing practice, where I use aromatherapy and other vibrational therapies with my clients.  In the previous entries, I have mostly focused on the physical properties of carrier and essential oils and how to use them.  In this next category, we will go beyond the physical and delve into our “hidden anatomy” and how we can work with aromatherapy to heal it.

Essential oils are very complex Beings.  Each is composed of  200-500 different chemical components.  And it’s this complexity, that allows  them to work with the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions.  However, you can only find this complexity with top notch essential oils.  That is why it is imperative in subtle aromatherapy that you only work with high quality oils.

Most of the information about subtle aromatherapy comes from the ancient past, through the writings of mystics, alchemists, fables, folklore, legend and myth.   However, like the shaman, we too can glean information about subtle aromatherapy by getting in touch with the plant’s essence or spirit.  In this way, the plant itself, can tell us what the best uses of it’s essential oil can be.  It is through our own experimentation and experience, however, that we truly learn about the gift of subtle aromatherapy.

There are many facets of subtle aromatherapy.  The most common being, how essential  oils affect our subtle bodies, and help in our meditations, that  includes affirmations, visualizations, and other transformative techniques for inner work.  Subtle aromatherapy can also be applied when doing planetary healing, absent healing, ceremony and ritual.  And we can combine this technique with other vibrational therapies, such as color, flower essences and sound.

So, join me as we take a left hand turn from the physical attributes of carrier oils, to learn some unique ways of working with essential oils through subtle aromatherapy.

Bookmark and Share