This topic keeps coming up for me and I feel it’s finally time to address it. Essential oils: Are they or are they not a part of yoga?

The short answer is NO. Essential oils have absolutely nothing to do with yoga practice. However, I’m seeing it spread all over yoga studios like wildfire and because of MLM companies (stay away from MLMs, kids) and their marketing strategies, everyone and their sister thinks they’re an EO specialist because they discovered them a year ago…or something like that.

Here’s the deal. Essential oils are great! I’ve been using them since 1993 and have had much success with them. I’ve always been into herbs and plant medicines and these oils are just another way to utilize the healing properties of plants.  I’ve bought many brands over the years and there are quite a few to choose from that make high-quality oils. Please don’t think that just because a company like DoTerra claims to have the highest quality oils, that they actually do. It’s called marketing 101. They’ll say anything to get you to buy their products.

This is where yoga teachers come in. We all know that yoga teachers don’t make much money. Think about this for a moment…if yoga teachers aren’t getting paid much, what else can they do to boost their income? Sell Essential Oils, of course!!! By using aromatherapy in class (without proper training, I might add), their students will start asking about the oils and then BAM! It’s the perfect time to offer those students a sale or a workshop on EO.

Let me be clear: I take no issue with people wanting to share aromatherapy with others. I personally find certain oils to be very uplifting, calming, or even energizing! However, the yoga studio is not the place for this. In one yoga class that I took, the teacher walked around the room during savasana sprinkling the oil around as she walked through the rows of students. She never asked us if it was okay, or if anyone had sensitivities, or worse, allergies!!  Fortunately, I don’t have allergies, but whatever she was sprinkling, I was hating, and it made my savasana stressful because I just wanted to get up and leave. I was not feeling relaxed. I was feeling anxious, and a bit pissed off, actually.

So please, fellow yoga teachers, keep the oils at home, unless you know for certain that every single student is okay with it. Don’t presume that you know what’s best for your students regarding ANYTHING outside of your yoga teaching unless you are also a medical professional or someone who has years of training in this. And no, you’re not an expert after using oils for a year, or even 5. Sorry.


A small sample of my personal collection


Now, having said all of that, here are a few of my favorites!

This Sandalwood oil comes directly from India. Pure Sandalwood has become very rare and hard to find, therefore very expensive. I’m sure you can find it for less if you actually go to India, but I can’t, so this is what I’m using. I adore Sandalwood. It’s one of the first EO I’ve ever used. This brand smells amazing and I confidently recommend it. Get it from Amazon here:



Plant Therapy is a company I really like, so I’ve bought a number of their products. I really like their Frankincense and they have a few different kinds, depending on what you need. I like to rub Frankincense on the bottoms of my feet before bed or put a few drops in the bath. I also use it in my oil diffuser. It’s considered a highly spiritual oil and I incorporate it in my daily life as much as possible. Try using it while meditating or just dabbing it on your wrists. You can purchase it using the link below.

Frankincense Frereana Essential Oil 10 mL

Frankincense Frereana Essential Oil 10 mL



Another brand I purchase regularly is Plant Guru. I usually purchase through Amazon but they also have their own website. I have Vetiver, Patchouli, Clary Sage, and lots more. Their prices are very reasonable and they are a small family-run business, which I like. Check them out here:


Now, you might be wondering why I haven’t mentioned those pop stars of the EO world, Do Terra and Young Living. Truthfully, I find nothing wrong with them except perhaps for their inflated prices and MLM practices. However, I have purchased a few bottles through Amazon over the last few years and they’ve been just fine. I’m not interested in selling them as an official distributor, but hey, if you like them, go for it! I just don’t see them as any more special than others or more deserving of the prices charged for them.

One more thing! I’d also like to recommend a website for herbs, oils, and supplies. I’ve been purchasing products from Mountain Rose Herbs for many years and I have to tell you to check them out if you haven’t already. It’s a lovely company with fair trade practices and high quality products. I get no commissions for recommending them. I just love them!!!


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