12 Essential Oils for Yoga That Will Boost Your Practice

If you want a little help getting your brain geared up to “think outside the box” this is one heckuva place to start. I love to use essential oils to make my brain smarter, quicker, and clearer. I particularly enjoy using essential oils for yoga because it makes the experience that much better.

The best thing about using essential oils in this manner is that, if you’re in an “accepting” mindset, you’ll see results immediately. When I say “accepting mindset,” I mean that you have to want to feel quicker, clearer, and more alert. At least, this is how it is for me.

Whenever I try to use them, but I’ve decided that I’m a big, slow lump of blah, that’s what I remain. Nothing will change it. But if you combine the effectiveness of the essential oils with the magnanimous power of your own mindset, you get an instantaneous lift, a rapid clearing of the fog.

This leaves you ready to learn more easily and think extra creatively.

12 Essential Oils for Yoga That Will Boost Your Practice | Mary Sabo Yoga Instructor

12 Essential Oils for Yoga That Will Boost Your Practice

In order to help you determine the best essential oils to use, I have broken up yoga practice into 3 separate categories. These categories will allow you to determine which oils will best suit your needs. What is your top goal regarding yoga? In other words, which category is most important to you?


If you need a little help with burnout treatment or you want to refocus on your goals, then more than likely, you’ll want to focus on clarity. Here are the essential oils you’re looking for:


Brain fuel is basically another name for Rosemary. This essential oil is known to sharpen your memory and help you perform well on tests. It helps you relax so you can focus for longer periods of time.


Known as a Biblical oil, frankincense is as ancient as they come. Some believe that this oil was more valuable than gold at one point in time. Frankincense can improve your concentration and minimize distractions.


You’re probably familiar with basil because it’s an ingredient in tons of recipes. It can help prevent and soothe certain health concerns. Say goodbye to head colds and stomach spasms when you use basil on a regular basis.

Juniper Berry

I love the name of this one because it comes from a very beautiful plant called the Juniperus communis.


Everyone wants to make happiness a priority, but it’s especially important if you’re dealing with depression, anxiety or loneliness. All of these essential oils help produce happy, joyous moods.


Here’s another popular one! You can almost imagine the scent whenever you hear the word peppermint, am I right? This essential oil can help you with a lot of issues like digestion, low energy and muscle aches.


Perhaps you eat grapefruit because you heard that it can help you lose weight, but the essential oil is known to help with that too! It can help you fight those sweet tooth cravings.


Lemons and lemon essential oil have been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a wide spectrum of health conditions for at least 1,000 years. Citrus plants are the main sources of benefit-rich essential oils because of their many uses in food and medicine. And lemon oil is one of the most popular citrus essential oils because of its versatility and powerful antioxidant properties.


It’s a fun one to pronounce, isn’t it? Ylang-ylang can help if you're feeling anxious or having anxious feelings and feelings of self-doubt or sadness because it has uplifting effects. It helps with all kinds of ailments such as occasional sleeplessness, panic attacks and nervous palpitations.



A popular selection, the scent of lavender is easily recognizable. Considered the most common essential oil, lavender oil benefits include having a calming, relaxing effect. It’s considered a nervous system restorative and helps with inner peace, sleep, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach and general nervous tension.


Want to feel peace and harmony? Chamomile is just for you. It’s known for fighting sadness, disappointment, and sluggish feelings. It can also soothe your muscle and joints.


Are you feeling anxious? Rose is one of the popular ones to use along with lavender. It’s used to fight inflammation, feelings of self-doubt or sadness, and doctors have used it to treat cuts, scrapes or scratches. It improves circulation to the heart and helps maintain an already healthy blood pressure.


If you’re looking for an earthly aroma, then Vetiver is for you. This essential oil is known for calming the emotions so it’s often used in massage therapy. You can fight jitteriness and hypersensitivity much easier.

Yoga and essential oils were designed for each other like peanut butter and jelly. This was just a shortened list of essential oils for yoga practice as well. If you’re interested in trying an essential oil, you can take a closer look here.

Mary Sabo