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To increase their restorative effects, I like to use different essential oils for different areas of the body. These are the places on my body I like to focus on. For each location, I speak an affirmation to deepen the experience. Be sure to dilute each oil with carrier oils as needed. This handy chart from NOW Essential Oils can show you the exact ratios for every size bottle.
Rubbing vetiver, a fragrant grass from India, on the feet is amazing for a sense of grounding.* In many traditions it is used for protection.
Affirmation: Every step I take is protected and grounded in this present moment.
Rubbing frankincense on the knees and all joints of the body is calming.* Frankincense is one of the most well-known essential oils, and it was used in sacred practices in ancient times. Its spiritual history coupled with its physical benefits makes it an indispensable essential oil today.
Affirmation: All movements I make are embodied and spiritual.
Thanks to its clean, fresh scent, applying stimulating lemongrass oil to the wrist and hands can give you as sense of potent cleansing and new beginnings.*
Affirmation: Everything I touch is imbued with pure intentions.
Rosemary is said to be ruled by the Sun in traditional astrology. And just like the sun, rosemary can boost your vitality. Rubbing energizing rosemary on the inside of your elbows is revitalizing.*
Affirmation: Rosemary reflects the energy of the Sun in my body, bringing in new prana.
Lemon & Eucalyptus
Blending deeply cleansing Lemon & Eucalyptus oils brings a sense of lightness–an important reminder to stop carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders.
Affirmation: I cleanse and clear the responsibilities that don’t belong to me
Lavender is a polycrest herb, meaning that it can be used for several purposes. Truly a staple in all essential-oil-loving households, lavender has a broad range of applications from calming the skin and calming the mind. Rubbing it on the neck can bring a great sense of peace, relaxation, and protection.*
Affirmation: I release what no longer serves me and find peace.
Sandalwood has traditionally been used for spiritual upliftment, burned in temples for centuries. Rubbing it on the temples helps us find balance and attunes us to our inner wisdom.
Affirmation: I live in harmony with myself and the world.
Atlas Cedarwood brings a sense of stability and balance. When we decompress and take a moment of stillness to listen, life gives us clear instructions.
Affirmation: I am open to hearing what life has to tell me.
Zesty peppermint invigorates us by heightening our senses. I rub it into my scalp whenever I need to feel energized.*
Affirmation: I keep a level head, and choose when and how to react to the world around me.
From Our Live Be Yoga Partner
For thousands of years meditation has helped people relax and improve their mood, and aromas are an important part of meditation for many. While the burning of incense during meditation is a time-honored tradition, essential oils are a safer and healthier way to incorporate the power of scent during your meditation.
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You will find many solutions and recipes on the NOW® site perfect for making your own blends for home cleaning, skin care, aromatherapy, and more. Or choose from more than 70 scents and blends created over the years by our aromatherapists to complement your healthy lifestyle and enhance your mood.
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*Caution: Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used with care. Dilute essential oils as directed, do not exceed dilutions recommended. Pure essential oils can be irritating to skin. For adult use only. Keep out of reach of children. Not for internal use. Avoid contact with eyes. Consult a healthcare practitioner before using if pregnant/nursing.
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