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Which essential oil is best for meditation?

Meditation provides a range of health benefits and combining regular meditation with the use of essential oils can optimize your experience, helping you get more out of each session.   Especially in Central, Hong Kong, we might need a little help in getting settled to our meditation.

According to aromatherapy practitioners, inhaling essential oil molecules, or absorbing essential oils through the skin, transmits messages to the limbic system — a brain region responsible for controlling emotions and influencing the nervous system. These messages are believed to affect biological factors such as heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.

LAVENDER:

If you’re having a stressful day and you need to center yourself, Lavender Oil can help. It’s known for its relaxant and sedative properties and its ability to relieve anxiety and depression, making it one of the best oils to meditate with.

FRANKINCENSE:

From Ethiopia, essential oil is well known for its ability to help promote peace and calm. Because of this, it is well-regarded as one of the most spiritually-charged oils that could prove beneficial in a meditation session.  Not only does its aroma offer both stimulation and elevation for the mind, but it can really help promote a better sense of center, which can help with the spiritual connection.

YLANG-YLANG:

The essential oil of ylang-ylang is extracted by steam distillation of fresh flowers of the ylang-ylang (pronounced EE-lang EE-lang) tree.    Ylang-ylang is well-known for reducing tension in the body.  In fact, research shows that ylang-ylang essential oil can help drive away anxiety, chronic stress and depression.  It can also help lower high blood pressure, and encourage us to release negative emotions that result in an inability to concentrate and effectively mediate, such as anger or frustration.

ROSE:

Rose oil is another excellent essential oil for improving the quality of meditation sessions.  Rose oil boosts self-esteem, confidence, and mental strength while efficiently fighting depression.  It is particularly helpful for individuals interested in boosting self-confidence and self-worth.  Rose oil is known as the fragrance of love and can really help open up the heart to the connection.

CITRUS:

Citrus oils are a wonderful way to enhance mood and emotional balance. They work on the brain’s chemicals and hormones resulting in an improved mood.  Several citrus oils can help reduce feelings or anxiety and irritability, as well as other mood disorders.  This is another effective essential oil for providing a jolt of energy and an increased level of self-esteem, both of which can promote increased concentration throughout your sessions.  Having more energy will help you get the most out of your sessions because you won’t be lethargic or lazy.

PEPPERMINT:

The beneficial aspect of peppermint essential oil is its unique ability to soothe nausea and other stomach issues, perk the senses up before a long meeting, cool overworked muscles, and alleviate symptoms of respiratory issues.  Like many other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against feeling anxious and restless.  Another way that peppermint essential oil can help with your sessions is by providing the body with natural anti-inflammatory properties.