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Anxiety and stress are large health issues for over 40 million adults in the United States alone. Finding new ways to deal with it includes natural and holistic approaches like doing yoga and using essential oils.
Many people found that you can mix the two in order to get a more enriched yoga session. But, with so many essential oils available, it can be hard to find the best ones. We’re going to detail the best essential oils for enriching your yoga session below.
How to Use Essential Oils During Yoga
There are several ways you can use essential oils for your yoga session. You can try one or try them all and see which ones work best to alleviate your anxiety and stress levels. The best ways to use them include:
You can mix eight ounces of water with 10 to 15 drops of essential oil into a spray bottle and gently spritz your yoga mat a few minutes before you begin your session. This will allow you to relax and flow from position to position, and it can be a great way to disinfect it too.
It’s easy to switch on your diffuser 10 to 15 to 20 minutes before you start your yoga session. Fill it with water and add your essential oil of choice.
For smaller rooms, you’ll use less, so it doesn’t overpower you. Larger rooms may take more time to fill them completely.
Essential oil jewelry is another option. You can get earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more that you add a drop or two of essential oils to and bring them with you. You can wear them to your yoga session and inhale the oil as you go through your positions.
The Best Essential Oils and Essential Oil Blends for Yoga
Now that you know a few ways to incorporate essential oils into your yoga session, we’ll outline the best single oils and a few blends to help soothe your anxiety and relax enough to enjoy it. They include but are not limited to:
For a Relaxing and Restorative Yoga Session
First up is single oils and blends for relaxing and restoring your mind and body. You only need a few drops of each and let them go to work.
Lavender has proven soothing effects that can help to calm down your racing mind and reduce your anxiety and stress levels. It’s also excellent for helping you drift off to sleep after your yoga session.
Cedarwood has a very earthy and lingering scent that works to help improve your focus and relax you as you move through your session. It pairs wonderfully with other essential oils, or you can use it by itself without a problem.
Sandalwood is another earthy essential oil that is essential to strengthening your focus and grounding you so you can nail even the more difficult poses you have. It also has natural sedative effects that can calm any racing thoughts.
Eucalyptus has a strong and very sharp scent, and this scent can invigorate you and get you ready to take on your workout. Eucalyptus also has pain-relieving properties combined with anti-inflammatory agents that can reduce any stiffness and let you complete your yoga session without pain.
For a Focused Yoga Session
The harder yoga poses require a lot of focus to hold, and essential oils can help you get and stay focused. You can use them in any of the ways we outlined to give you a focused session.
Orange or Citrus
Any citrus-based essential oil is going to help you feel happy and refreshed as soon as you smell it. It can also give you a burst of energy to help carry you throughout your entire yoga session. This is great for those early morning ones where you need a small pick me up.
Peppermint oil is extremely popular for antimicrobial properties, but it also has a strong and refreshing scent that can help you narrow down your focus points and concentrate. You only need a few drops of the oil to get the full effects since it is a stronger one.
Another stronger essential oil with a unique scent is Tea Tree oil. This oil also has very strong antimicrobial properties, but it can also improve your mental clarity. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory that can help reduce stiffness and swelling around your joints so you can have a pain-free yoga experience.
Last up for our single oils is basil. You may recognize it as a cooking ingredient, but it also works well as a topical agent that can soothe your muscles and release any tension you may have. All you have to do is mix it with a carrier oil and massage it into your muscles before you start your yoga session.
Essential Oil Blends for Yoga Sessions
Our final section is on a few essential oil blends you can mix up and use before, during, and after your yoga. You’ll get multiple health benefits in one blend.
You’ll combine 10 drops of lavender essential oil with five drops of eucalyptus essential oil to create a soft and unique blend. It can sharpen your focus, relax your muscles, and calm your anxiety all in one blend.
Mood Boosting Blend
This simple blend has a fresh and clean scent that can rejuvenate your flagging energy levels. Combine five drops of Clary sage with five drops wild orange and spritz it around your area.
Refocus your energy and feel refreshed throughout your yoga session by mixing five drops of lemon essential oil, five drops of peppermint essential oil, and five drops of rosemary essential oil.
All of these essential oils and essential oil blends can help you enhance your yoga session and get the most out of it each time you use them. Experiment and see which ones work the best for you and enjoy all of the health benefits that come with yoga!
Catherine Lawson is the Chief Editor at WellnessAromas.com. Wellness Aromas is a community of passionate aromatherapy advocates, dedicated to providing resources and guidance to improve your wellness with essential oils.