Aromatherapy For Grounding

What is Being Grounded?

Being grounded is hard to define. But, when you’re grounded, you know it. And, when you’re not, everybody else seems to know it. Joking aside, one effect of a hectic “modern” lifestyle is that it tends to be ungrounding. As a result, many people are at times or even chronically ungrounded. Fortunately, there’s a remedy in aromatherapy for grounding.

What It Means to Be Grounded

Being grounded can refer to being physically, emotionally, mentally, energetically, and/or spiritually rooted. This doesn’t mean rigid or unchanging. After all, trees sway in the breeze, follow the sun and grow. It’s just that trees do all this while their roots remain firmly planted in the ground.

People who are grounded are fully present, in-the-moment, alert, and aware of their physical existence and boundaries. They have clarity and conviction and can “hold their ground:” they don’t tend to waver or oscillate with each new interaction that they have.

What it Means to Be UNgrounded

People who are ungrounded tend to be spacey; scattered; unfocused or frequently changing their focus from one thing to the next; or easily swayed by others and events. They may experience some degree of dissociation. Being temporarily ungrounded is relatively common and even normal, especially for those who live in a modern fast-paced, rapidly changing environment. Being chronically ungrounded is another thing altogether, and can lead to considerable long-term unbalance and dysfunction.

People can be completely grounded, or they can be grounded in some aspect of their lives and not others. For example, they can be emotionally grounded, but confused and conflicted about their spirituality; they can be spiritually grounded, but mentally flutter from thought to thought, or they can be clear and committed to their beliefs, yet lack a sense of being physically present or energetically connected to the earth.

Lots of people who provide alternative and complementary healing services seek ways to maintain or increase grounding for themselves and their clients. While some see energy work and spirituality as disconnected from the earth plane and even necessarily less grounded; in fact, solid grounding aids both energy and spiritual work. A tree that is well-rooted can extend its limbs high up and out into the sky. The same is true for people.

Aromatherapy for Grounding

Essential oils for grounding

Oils for grounding tend to derive from trees: their bark, needles, and resins. Although, some are extracted from roots and rhizomes of herbaceous plants.

They also tend to be characterized by their base fragrance notes and are comprised of larger, heavier molecules or what’s called sesquiterpenes.

Aromatherapy For grounding blends

Aromatherapy for grounding blends tend to be deep and resinous. However, adding essential oils derived from conifer trees such as black spruce, silver fir, or cypress (also grounding) can lighten and brighten the blend. Lots of essential oils are grounding, but some of my favorites are:

  • Angelica Root (Angelica Archangelica)
  • Benzoin (Stryax benzoin)
  • Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • Cedar (Cedrus altanica)
  • Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
  • Himalayan Cedar (Cedrus deodora)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Oakmoss (Eugenia prunastri)
  • Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
  • Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
  • Sandalwood (Santalum album)
  • Silver Fir (Abies alba)
  • Tarragon (Artemisia dracanculus)
  • Vetiver (Vetiver zizanoides)

I generally like to make blends that combine top, middle and base notes (see my blog on fragrance notes). However, since I love deep, smoky, slowly evolving scents, I don’t always do that.

I like to make a blend that has a “personality” consistent with the intention of the blend, e.g., solid and deep for grounding and light and bright for uplifting the spirit.

I love black spruce, a top note, for energy work. That makes it a bit easy to include at least one top note among all the deeper, richer grounding notes.

Want to Learn More About Aromatherapy For Grounding?

Consider one of the following:
1. Take one of my personal growth, natural healing, wellness in-person or virtual workshops about aromatherapy for grounding as well as other uses.

2. Request spiritual life coaching and/or energy healing sessions for your grounding and centering intentions.

3. contact me.



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Patricia Bonnard

Patricia Bonnard


Integrated Coach and Energy Healer, Writer, Speaker, Teacher