The use of essential or aromatherapy oils in rituals is a deliciously pleasant practice! Choosing a variety with your favorite scents adds an earthy celestial aura to your rituals. For literally eons, humans have used plants, flowers, and wood for both their medicinal qualities and for their ability to induce spiritual experiences. I regularly use them for my daily routines to maintain spiritual, mental, and physical balance.
Burning specific types of plants, wood, or oils is a practice handed down since long before recorded history. Smudging is one example of this practice. But, another wonderful example is the burning of aromatherapy oils. For ritual purposes, the practice we recommend is diffusers, candle burners, or warm water. With these methods, essentially, you vaporize the oils and release their healing qualities into the air around your spiritual ritual space.
Another benefit is in the wafting aroma in the air after your ritual is past. This serves to extend the effectiveness of your ritual as the scents linger on for hours.
When talking about essential oils, however, we must include an array of rituals for those who are more adventurous.
1 • Add to Your Bath
Turn your bath time into a sensuous ritual by adding drops of your favorite essential oil and swirling it around. Then, settle in with a comfy neck pillow, relax, and enjoy.
2 • Blend with Your Massage Oils
How encouraging it is that some rituals include massages at the beginning and ending of a nighttime ritual. Create your own massage oils by blending your favorite essential oils with a carrier oil.
3 • On a Cotton Ball or Kleenex
There are times when you need to stop and collect yourself and regain your composure. Think ahead and keep a few cotton balls or a small Kleenex handy along with a small bottle of your favorite essential oil. It’s so nice to be able to take a quick moment to turn your day around with a whiff of heavenly, earthly fragrances.
Take a look at the chart below for the best spots to apply essential oils topically.
Below is a list of my favorite essential oils.
Essential Oils for Spirit • Mind • Body • Balance
Frankincense is one of the most precious essential oils because it has very special health bonuses. With its warm, spicy, clean aroma, it pleases everyone.
The scent of Jasmine has been a favorite of mine since the mid-70s when Ciara was my favorite fragrance. Learn about the myriad of benefits from Jasmine.
Lavender is not just your grandmother's scent. The lure of Lavender includes a myriad of effective uses that make our lives easier.
Lemon essential oil cleanses, purifies, invigorates. As a result, it is one of the most versatile oils available on the market today.
I successfully use Peppermint essential oils to relieve anxiety on a regular basis. Peppermint adds clarity to thought processes among many other wonderful benefits.
Rosemary is an aromatic herb that is used regularly in our cooking routines with meats and vegetables. Rosemary can be grown at home!
Sage has been used for thousands of years as a medium for spiritual cleansing of an area or place. Burn sage to clear energy and restore balance.
Turmeric has been used according to recorded history for more than 5,000 years as a spice and antidepressant. It also contains other medicinal properties.
My foremost inspiration and guide for this series is the book “the Smudging and Blessings Book, Inspirational Rituals to Cleanse and Heal.” Click here or on the image below.