Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Vannoy Gentles Fite, author of the new Essential Oils for Emotional Wellbeing.

Essential oils have been used throughout history in conjunction with sacred rituals and ceremonies. I feel I can’t begin to fully embrace a ritual or practice until I have my diffuser going with a blend of spiritually enhancing aromas wafting throughout my room. When I get a hint of cedarwood in the air, my mind instantly turns to meditation.

Using essential oils is as easy as knowing which oils work best for which practice. For meditation, I like to use either cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, helichrysum, hyssop, lavender, or vetiver. Using the diffuser manufacturer’s directions, add the water and oil of your choice to the diffuser and begin your meditation. You will notice that the scent of the oil helps to relax your thoughts and you feel more grounded so that you can enter that sacred space.

I make a blend of essential oils in spray bottles that I use when I just want to feel connected to my Higher Spirit—during prayer, rituals, ceremonies, rites, or gratitude practice. I spray the room I am going to have my practice in, light my candles, and I am ready to open myself up to the universe. I make these spray blends consisting of about 2 ounces of water, 3 drops of vitamin E oil and either 15-20 drops of angelica, cedarwood, fennel, frankincense, myrrh, rose, or sandalwood. Sometimes I like to make a combination of two or three of the oils. I shake the bottle well before each usage, and it lasts about 3 months. Ensure that you label and date the bottle, because if you’re anything like me, you will soon have a whole collection of blends.

For an overall night of spiritual dreams and contentment I make a powder that I can sprinkle on my bed sheets and pillows. These oils induce calm, peaceful, and spiritual dreams. I take ¼ cup cornstarch, put it in a big bowl and whisk it with 5 drops each of angelica, frankincense, clary sage, and melissa. I pour it into a mason jar, with holes punched in the lid. I sprinkle this on the bed linens each time I change the sheets. It is a wonderful, lulling aroma. I put a bit of plastic wrap between the ring and the lid to prevent accidental spillage. This is enough powder to last several months.

Since ancient days these same oils have been used to connect people with their faith during rituals, and we can use the exact same methods today. Using essential oils has been a part of my self-improvement routine daily for many years. We each have a spiritual path that we walk, and we all have our own journeys to face. Using essential oils to bring about connectedness is a great way to stay on your course and increase your potential to make the most of your spiritual endeavors.

Our thanks to Vannoy for her guest post! For more from Vannoy Gentles Fite, read her article, “Five Ways to Use Essential Oils for Emotional Wellbeing.”

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