The Top 6 Scents for Meditation
Using scent can be a great way to prepare for and support your meditation practice! Scents are a powerful tool that can effect emotions, balance, mood, and our overall well-being because the part of our brain responsible for emotional regulation receives information through the senses.
Here are our top 6 scents for enhancing your meditation practice:
Frankincense has been used in spiritual practices throughout history & is used in Ayurvedic medicine to balance the hormones, heal wounds, and cleanse the air. If you're drawn to outdoor, woodsy scents, you'll likely enjoy the aroma of Frankincense. It also has a sweet, fruity note that smells a bit like lemon.
Myrrh is said to have cleansing properties and has been used historically as perfume and incense; as well as to promote emotional balance, and overall well-being. While it does have a slightly earthy scent, it smells most strongly of black licorice!
Sandalwood has a very earthy smell, which will support you in feeling grounded and calm. The scent most closely resembles - well - freshly cut wood! Sandalwood beads are often incorporated into malas, as the scent is also said to support meditation.
Although lavender isn't traditionally used for meditation, the scent is incredibly clean, bright, and calming. Lavender promotes relaxation, and has been used to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Sage has been used throughout history for its cleansing energy. Although it smells similar to mint, it has a more grounding, herbal undertone. Smudging (the art of burning sage) was first used in traditional shaman ceremonies as a means of cleansing spaces from negative energies or spirits. Smudging is a great ritual to practice when you move into a new office or home, or if you want to prime a space for your meditation practice!
6. Palo Santo
Palo Santo literally means "Holy Wood" in Spanish and has been traditionally used to banish bad energy. The smoke is lighter than sage, but has a very penetrative aroma. The scent is slightly sweet, almost citrus-y, and calms the immune system while promoting grounded, calming energy.
Sage and Palo Santo are traditionally burned like incense, while sandalwood, lavender, frankincense, and myrrh are better used by diffusing their essential oil into the air.
Let us know what your favorite meditation scent is in the comments below & check out our favorite 5 minute meditation here!