Churches waft the smell of frankincense and myrrh for a reason. Buddhist use sandalwood to transform one's desires and maintain a person's alertness while in meditation. Hindu utilise Eo’s to raise energetic frequency and open the third eye to bring us in touch with our consciousness.
Science 101 - Eo’s combined with meditation.
When we inhale an EO, it has a positive effect on our brain and is directly connected to our limbic system (ancient part of the brain), in particular our hypothalamus. The limbic brain is the part that takes us back to a time or memory. As you make a batch of pumpkin soup... does the loving aromas remind you of your grandma’s kitchen as a child? That’s a limbic moment.
The hypothalamus is a part of the limbic system and its function is to keep the human body in a stable emotional and physical condition. If you smell an EO that has a vibrationally calming effect on the body, the hypothalamus creates neurochemicals to relax and calm. If you smell an EO with a frequency to stimulate the body, then the limbic system will bring oxygen to the brain which can increase alertness and focus. Basically your sense of smell is closely linked to your emotional centre.
Certain aromas have long been recognized to remind meditators of their Divine Purpose, and to bring calm, relax, focus and alertness at the same time. Many spiritual masters will use scent to link a memory and enhance a response for a meditating experience. Mixing different oils to stimulate different emotions can be an interesting too. It’s fun to play with blending oils for meditation, because each different blend will stimulate the limbic system and the hypothalamus in a different way, creating a very unique meditation each time.
The next time you meditate, try inhaling an essential oil before you begin and notice any changes that come to your practice. After you have found an oil that you enjoy, use it regularly until you have the scent firmly associated with meditation. You will find that merely getting a whiff of the smell will quiet your mind and put you in a meditative frame of mind.
Proper use of essential oils during meditation can enhance the experience by grounding you and promoting a sense of calm. Essential oils like Vetiver, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and Patchouli are considered grounding. Other oils like Clary Sage, Lavender and Roman Chamomile act as natural sedatives and can enhance the relaxed state of meditation. Oils like Helichrysum and Frankincense are said to enhance enlightenment and a spiritual connection with the divine.