Essential oils & how to use them for yoga/meditation

I have been exploring alternative medicine options for a while. Two years ago, I healed an otitis in a couple days using only essential oils. Since then I use essential oils every day for different purposes. I integrated them in my yoga and meditation practice as well. There are so many benefits, I wish I had started using them sooner.

Essential oils are basically compounds extracted from plants. Generally extracted by distillation, they are used in aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine that employs plant extracts to support well-being and health.

Essential oils can be inhaled (vaporized, diffused) or diluted and applied on the skin (using a carrier oil or in a bath). Some (not all – be careful) can be ingested.

Aromatherapy is used to induce relaxation but also to treat health conditions such as:

Stress, anxiety
Headaches, migraines
Inflammation, infections
Stomach aches, indigestion, constipation
Skin conditions

Essential oils have various spiritual properties, and can be used in spiritual rituals (meditation, prayers, chakras balancing) with different purposes: grounding, cleansing/purifying, expressing gratitude, enlightenment, aiding spirituality etc. Finally, essential oils can be used daily to freshen up laundry or clean surfaces for example. Here are my favorites:


Probably my favorite. Very distinct smell: a mix of woody, earthy, sweet yet spicy fragrance.

Medicinal properties: Anti-inflammatory, treat skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, anxiety, stomach ache, constipation, indigestion, fatigue, Insomnia, insecticide, antifungal, antibacterial

Spiritual properties: Stimulation of the conscious mind. Clears the environmental energies (perfect for yoga and meditation practice). One of the most effective aphrodisiacs.

Chakras: First (root) chakra: healing feelings of separation, isolation
Second (sacral) chakra: helping with impotence, feelings of uncertainty, lack of confidence
Third (solar plexus) chakra: relieving nervous tension, stress
Seventh (crown) charkra: quieting the mind


Floral, fresh, sweet, slightly fruity fragance. This essential oil gives a feelings of relaxation and happinness.

Medicinal properties: acne, allergies, stress and anxiety, asthma, burns, cystitis, depression, headache and migraines, hypertension, insect Bites/repellent, labor pains, rheumatism, stretch marks, vertigo

Spiritual properties: relaxing body, mind, and soul. Opening to spiritual healing. Increasing awareness. Balance, harmony, and inner-peace.

Chakras: Fourth (heart) chakra: opening the heart
Seventh (crown) chakra: connection with the spirit


Woodsy, spicy fragrance

Medicinal properties: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, cicatrisant, diuretic, expectorant

Spiritual properties: Emotional detox, balancing and purifying, intuition and spiritual connection

Chakra: Sixth (thrid eye) chakra: obtain spiritual wisdom.

Cedar wood

Woodsy, warm aroma that creates a relaxing and comforting atmosphere

Medicinal properties: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, insecticidal, antifungal

Spiritual properties: Energy purifier, toxic emotions release, spiritual growth. Increases feelings of love, protection and purpose.

Chakra: First (Root) chakra : connect our energy to the energy of the earth. Increases stability, sensuality, and survival feelings.

Tea tree: perfect to treat skin conditions, I use it daily for acne
Lemon: antiseptic, disinfectant. Add a few drops in water to clean your floors and surfaces.
Eucalyptus: purifying, cleansing, clarifying, immune-boosting
Peppermint: cold, headaches. You can try putting a few drops on a tissue for inhalation when you’re having a flu.
Ravintsara: cough, cold.
Rosemary: boost mental functions.

Oil blends for yoga and meditation

Aromatherapy can be easily used during a meditation or yoga session. Rubbing a few drops of oils onto your skin can help you relax, go inwards and enjoy the practice differently. Blending oils will positively affect your mood and your mind. Apply a few drops on your wrist or on your neck before the beginning of your practice.

Here are some examples of blends for your practice:

Lavender, cedar wood and patchouli:
Deep relaxation, reduce-stress
Perfect for meditation or a yin or hatha yoga session

Orange, lemon, grapefruit, lime
Boost your energy
Perfect for ashtanga

Rosemary, lavender
Deep focus, calms the mind
Perfect for meditation

Sweet Orange, Tea Tree, Lavender
Perfect for meditation and all types of yoga

Lavender, Chamomile, Cedarwood
Deep relaxation
Perfect for meditation, yin yoga, savasana



  • Avoid essential oils diluted with vegetable oil. Watch out for ‘fragrance oil” “nature identical oil”, “perfume oil” terms. You want pure, non synthetic oils. Put a drop of oil on a piece of paper, if the drop leaves an oily ring the oil is not pure.
  • Buy essential oils sold in dark glass bottles. Avoid clear glass or plastic bottles (spoils the oil)
  • Look for detailed information about the oils and background (origine, content).

Shop essential oils in The Netherlands

Doterra :

Holland and Barrett:


30 min outdoor yoga session with me

I’ve recorded a 30 min outdoor yoga session. It’s available in English on my YouTube channel as well.

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The session was not prepared but spontaneous, I went with the flow and moved how my body felt like moving, enjoying some morning sun (sound on for birds chirping ) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m not a certified yoga teacher, not pretending to be. My teacher training in India is postponed due to the covid situation. But I thought.. why not sharing anyway? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Yoga has so many benefits, both for the physical and mental heath. Wellbeing is very important, especially these days. This video is about sharing a happy and relaxing moment with you, maybe invite you to move a bit with me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Stay healthy, stay happy
Namaste 🙏🏼 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀


Yoga for stress-relief

A 20 min gentle practice to help you release stress and tension.

Optional meditation to open the practice:

  • Sit comfortably with a straight back, from the top of your head to the back of your spine
  • Relax your shoulders
  • Rest your hands on your knees
  • Start breathing
  • Focus on your breath (breathe through the nose)
  • If your attention shifts, bring it back to your breath
  • Tip: stick your tongue on your palate, keep the connection while breathing