For so many of us, mindfulness has become a vital part of our selfcare and wellbeing routines. It’s not just about taking time out, it’s about checking in with yourself, processing how you’re feeling and without having to explain yourself or have judgment. It is simply about being present with yourself. Practicing mindfulness can be so many things, which means it is accessible to all. Mindfulness practices do normally involve breathing methods or techniques, meditation, and other ways that truly relax the body, mind, and help reduce stress. For example, yoga, breathwork, stretching or focusing on a really good book. Here we look at a few mindful techniques that can be enhanced by the perfect essential oil blend for you.
Meditation has become a very popular mindfulness technique. Meditation practice is about focusing the mind. This can be on a particular object, thought, or action, and can be voice-guided, practiced to music or in complete silence, it very much depends on how your mind likes to work. The idea is to train your attention and awareness so that you achieve a mentally clear and calm state. Some people who use the practice of chakras also refer to this exercise as opening the third eye, or third eye chakra, to clear the mind.
Recommendation – get comfy in your favourite meditation spot, set your music and lighting, maybe light a candle, and add the following pure essential oils to the water in your Aroma Spa diffuser:
- 3 drops of Clary Sage – Salvia sclerae
- 2 drops of Sandalwood – Santalum album
- 1 drops of Vetiver – Vetiveria zizanoides
This beautiful blend will ground you, whilst calming the mind and reducing feelings of anxiety. You should experience a restorative sensation, helping to clear the mind of brain fog and busy-ness. Even a short mediation each day can really make a difference to your overall wellness.
Yoga has long been known for its physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. This form of exercise focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Practicing yoga regularly can help with mental clarity and calmness, resolve stress patterns, relax the mind, focus attention and concentration.
Recommendation – get set up for yoga with your mat and water, maybe light some candles as well. Just before you start your practice add the following pure essential oil blend to the water in your Aroma Spa diffuser:
This simple blend is about peace for the mind and body. Lavender will help relax the mind, de-stress, and allow you to ease into your practice. The musky woody notes of Patchouli will also help ground and soothe the senses.Or if you like your yoga session to have a little zest, the Real Calm range has all the relaxing benefits of Lavender and Patchouli plus the mood-elevating powers of Bergamot.
Getting deep into a book has been a favourite pastime for many hundreds of years. Whether its snuggling down in a blanket with a hot drink, whilst being captivated by the words on a page, or you’re outside under a shady tree, completely in another world within your thoughts, a book is a peaceful way to switch off the mind and forget about day to day stresses, even if it is just during a few chapters. Using essential oils during your reading time can help to improve focus and concentration, helping you to get really into the experience of your book.
Recommendation – if you’re planning some time out for reading at home, grab your favourite blanket, pop the kettle on and blend the following pure essential oils into the water in your Aroma Spa diffuser.
- 2 drops of Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis
- 2 drops of Lemon – Citrus limon
- 2 drops of Peppermint – Mentha piperita
This blend is fresh and zesty with Lemon and Peppermint, keeping the mind alert and awake whilst Rosemary is grounding and supports deep concentration.
Or if you’re out and about and find yourself with time for a few mindful moments with your book, the Find Focus Pulse Point Roller Ball is the ideal on the go aromatherapy tool. The refreshing blend combining invigorating Rosemary, energising Grapefruit, and stimulating Orange Leaf will have you deep into your book in no time at all.
Written by Aromatherapist Simone Stevens. Instagram @sensesbysim