Essential Oils and Yoga

Like avocado and toast or acai and granola, yoga and essential oils are a match made in heaven. Whether you’ve been doing yoga for years or don’t know your asana from your pranayama, you can benefit from adding these power-packed aromas to your practice.

Need help to feel grounded during your vinyasa? There’s an oil for that. Want to transform your room into a serene yoga studio? There’s a diffuser blend for that. Can’t seem to get the stinky-feet smell out of your yoga mat? You’re not alone! And guess what? Essential oils can help there too.

Ready to discover the benefits essential oils can bring to your yoga class or at-home routine? Check out some of the best essential oils for yoga, plus ways to perfect your practice with aromatherapy.

Some great essential oils for yoga

  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Frankincense
  • Orange
  • Sacred Sandalwood™
  • Clary Sage
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Bergamot

How do you use essential oils in yoga? Essential oils can enhance your yoga practice in many ways, from setting the scene to keeping your mat smelling fresh and clean. Wherever you are in your yoga journey — get more out of your flow with these tips.

1. Namaslay with a room spray. Before you start your sun salutations, mix a few of your favorite oils from the list above in a spray bottle with water. Then spritz into the air to surround yourself with the soothing scents of nature.  Pro tip: For 4 ounces of water, add 15–20 drops of oil, add a little vodka or witch hazel to help keep the oils suspended. We have some great blends in our shop, or have fun and create your own!

2. Mind your mantra. As you set an intention for your yoga practice, put a drop of Sacred Sandalwood on your heart center.

3. Bring it ommm. Dilute a drop of Patchouli or Clary Sage and rub onto your wrists. Breathe in the scent during difficult poses like crow and wheel.

4. Sink into stillness. One of the best ways to use essential oils in savasana is by rubbing a drop of Lavender or Frankincense into your forehead and massaging it toward your temples.

5. Make a mat mist. Combine 3.5 ounces water, .5 an ounce of witch hazel, and 3 drops Orange or Peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle, add about a half a capful of Thieves® Household Cleaner; spritz onto your mat and wipe clean. Roll the mat up when it’s dry.

6. Treat yourself to a spa-like reward. Before you hit the mat, dampen a washcloth with cold water and a drop each of Eucalyptus Radiata and Sacred Sandalwood. Then pop it in the freezer, so it’s nice and frosty for your cooldown.

7. Amp up the ambiance. Set the scene for another successful yoga practice with this studio-worthy diffuser blend.

Finish your day with a nice soak in an Epsom Salt bath, we have some great blends in the shop, the Epsom Salts help alleviate muscle soreness/tiredness and the baking soda helps with the emotional stuff  my favorite post-workout blend is the Happiness Soak, followed closely by the Mellow Yellow. Enjoy! You can find the bath salts here: