Essential oils are powerful and time-honored tools that have been used to soothe and relax the mind and help heal many common ailments. However, it’s not often discussed how these fragrant plant and flower distillations can uplift and energize the body and mind as well. We often arrive at yoga or meditation feeling stressed, exhausted, overwhelmed, and distracted by our to-do lists. Using energizing essential oils is a quick and effective way to set your troubles aside and begin your practice with a focused mind and energized body.
7 Energizing Essential Oil Blends for Focus and Awakening
Diffuse, apply, and breathe! From citrusy notes of clementine and sweet orange to muskier hints of patchouli or bergamot, the essential oils in these seven stimulating blends promote awareness and vitality both on and off your yoga mat.
This spray mist contains a blend of sage, cedar, rose, cinnamon, and organic sweet grass essential oils in a purified water infusion. Sweet grass is a blend of various wild grasses used by many Native American tribes for its potent purifying and healing properties. Mist your body or your practice space with this delightful blend to remove any negative vibes and to surround yourself with clear, clean energy.
Diffuse on the go with one of MONQ’s portable, rechargeable diffusers! The essential oil blend in this kit is Zen, a vibrant mix of frankincense for inner-peace, ylang ylang for ease, and sweet orange to lift spirits. This blend also includes black pepper, clary sage, dill seed, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary, sage, spearmint, and tea tree essential oils.
This roll-on aromatherapy blend of peppermint, clementine, coriander seed, basil, yuzu, orange, rosemary, and vanilla energizes your body and awakens your mind to kickstart your practice. This convenient roll-on can be packed in your yoga bag—a quick roll when you step into the studio and you’ll feel balanced and alert just in time for practice.
A complex fusion of rosemary, ginger, peppermint, basil, and elemi, this blend of energizing essential oils can assist in overcoming fatigue and building strength. Place a couple of drops on your wrists before your practice to feel the wonderfully grounding and invigorating effect of this unique blend.
This aromatic blend of orange, lemon, grapefruit, lime, tangerine, and vanilla essential oils provides an uplifting boost for your mind, emotions, and body and comes in a convenient spray bottle. With both energetic citrus and grounding vanilla, this is the perfect all-occasions blend.
Apply this blend of musk and spice to the temples or the back of the neck before your meditation or yoga practice to promote a deep state of focus and concentration. The combination of sandalwood, patchouli, frankincense, lime, ylang ylang, and chamomile will boost your energy while encouraging you to breathe deeply.
This solid balm made with peppermint, rosemary, clary sage, cedarwood, patchouli, bergamot, and thyme stimulates, revitalizes and awakens the mind. It’s totally portable and perfect for applying to your pulse points before your practice to stay present and keep your mind from wandering.
Tips for Using Essential Oil Blends
Assess your needs
Before you begin using essential oils, assess what you need from them. Are you looking for relaxation or energy? Uplifting or grounding? Here’s a fun quiz to help you choose the right oils for you and your practice: What Essential Oil Will Enhance Your Yoga Practice?
Essential oils have so many benefits, but remember that they can be dangerous if used incorrectly. Be sure you’re educated on the proper use of essential oils in your yoga practice. If you have sensitive skin, dilute full-strength blends with coconut oil before applying.
Remember that a little essential oil goes a long way. Be mindful of how much you apply before showing up to the yoga studio! Overwhelming scents can be distracting to other students and may cause issues for those with allergies.
Timing is everything
The seven blends of energizing essential oils we’ve shared here are stimulating, so we do not recommend applying them less than two hours before going to bed. Likewise, it is not recommended to use calming and relaxing blends when you need to be alert.