Essential Oils have been utilized by civilizations around the world for thousands of years, with the first record of these oils found on cave wall drawings in Dordogne, France dating back to 20,000 years. History records confirm the Egyptians used essential oils as early as 4500 B.C., as evidence has been found in many of the old tombs of the pharaohs. During the bible times the priests in Egypt utilized Essential Oils in the temples for ceremonies, offerings, and for anointing. The creation and distilling of oils throughout history produced many benefits to the world from improving physical and mental health, to deepening the mind into the Spiritual realm.
The essence of Essential Oils involves the extraction or concentration of a plant in their highest form. There are three main ways of performing this the task of extracting the oil: Distillation, Expression, and Solvent Extraction.
Distillation is the most cost effective and widely used process which involves inserting the plant you wish to extract the oil from in a heat source, usually steam. The heat causes the plants small sacs containing Essential Oil to rupture and the oils are released into vapor form. The vapors are then transported to a condenser where the vapor is converted back to a liquid which contains the Essential Oil.
Essential oils send responses to the brain that can create various effects on the Mind, Body, and Spirit. Each different essential oil works distinctively on various parts of the physical and emotional body. Since the oils are absorbed either through the skin or through inhalation, they have a strong and immediate effect. They can activate our nerves, release hormones and neurotransmitters that are inter-related with our emotional state.
Utilizing essential oils for Spiritual Connection to One’s Self and the Spiritual Realm has been around since the beginning of time. From Biblical times, to Shamanism to Native Americans, the use of these oils allowed them to clear the negative energies and distractions of the mind that inhibited them from attaining Spiritual Enlightenment. Some of the better known Essential Oils that are utilized today for Meditation and Spiritual Connection or described below:
Essential Oils to Assist in a Deeper Spiritual Connection
Frankincense is known as the “Oil of Truth”. The aroma of Frankincense assists in reducing our stress and bringing us to a deeper meditative state. With the release of our day-to-day feelings, insecurities and fears, we open ourselves up to the spiritual realm of connection with Self and our Higher Power.
For many centuries Myrrh has been used in Ceremonies as a form of purifying the sacred space. Myrrh is said to fortify the inner connection of the Crown Chakra (Spiritual Realm) and Root Chakra (Physical). Myrrh oil creates a sense of tranquility and serenity over the body and thus helps us release fear, which in hand opens the channels for Spiritual connection.
Native Americans and Shaman used Clary Sage for clearing and creating sacred space for ceremonies. Through healing ceremonies or meditation Clary Sage assists in obtaining balance, spiritual clarity, as well as cleansing the body and mind of negative energies and impurities.
Palo Santo is known as “Holy Wood” as it is taken from the heartwood of the Palo Santo tree. Palo Santo is used to open the Third Eye and Crown Chakra and allows a deeper connection to the Spiritual Realm. It is a grounding and calming oil that allows for the clearing of negative energy, thus creating a safe space for a spiritual connection to the Divine. Palo Santo is used for clearing space much the same as the Shaman utilize Sage.
Rosewood Oil is very useful in meditations as it promotes the raising of your vibration, bringing you deeply within self. Though it is uplifting, it is not intense, thus allows you to gain and access deep inner perspectives and enlightenment effortlessness. Rosewood affects the Heart Chakra allowing us to connect to our Feminine, creative, and emotional side. Rosewood oil is a great tool for Spiritual Healing to restore balance and harmony.
There are many other great Essential Oils to assist one’s journey in life, depending on where they are and what they are facing. Other Essential Oils worth looking for Spiritual Connection or Spiritual Healing include: Sandalwood, Lavender, Spikenard, Bergamot, Peppermint, and Cedar Wood just to name a few.