health The Best Essential Oils for Yoga  

Bunny Brinkman
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The most popular essential oils used for enhancing yoga performances are: patchouli, neroli, myrrh, clary sage, frankincense, lavender, and vetiver. Essential oils are an extremely important part of the art of yoga, and can enhance the physical, emotional, and spiritual dynamics of a session. These oils are also completely safe to use, when applied correctly. What are the best essential oils available for yoga?
 
Each essential oil on this list can provide a different effect to the emotions during yoga sessions. For example, the citrus oils like bergamot, orange, and lemon lead the emotions into a deeper sense of fulfillment and spiritual nourishment. Oils like lavender, chamomile, and geranium provide a calming effect and can help your mind and body relax during yoga. Eucalyptus and rosemary encourage the flow of energy and self-expression, causing your yoga experience to be enhanced and spiritually profitable.
 
This list features the best essential oils to aid in the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your yoga workouts. Vote up the essential oils you turn to to help with your yoga practice, or add any that are not already on the list!
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Ginger


Ginger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Essential Oils for Yoga
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Ginger brings a sense of grounding to the earth during yoga. Ginger essential oil (Zingiber officinale) is useful for nausea, morning sickness, indigestion, circulation, arthritis, muscle pain, and cardiac fatigue. There are no known side effects to using ginger, however, people who take blood thinners should not use it. It can be taken as a food grade supplement, inhaled, and diffused.
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Sandalwood


Sandalwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Essential Oils for Yoga
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Sandalwood is stabilizing, strengthening, and centering during yoga sessions. Sandalwood essential oil (Santalum album) works to balance both the emotions and the immune system. Possible side effects can include allergic reactions, and it is not recommended for pregnant women to use. May be applied topically or diffused.
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Frankincense


Frankincense is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Essential Oils for Yoga
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Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia carterii or Boswellia Sacra) carries much-needed oxygen into the brain and stimulates the limbic area, which includes the hypothalamus, pineal, and pituitary glands. It can be blended with all oils. 
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Vetiver


Vetiver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Essential Oils for Yoga
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Vetiver will make you feel connected to the earth during yoga. Vetiver essential oil (Vetiveria zizanioides) has grounding and calming effects and has also been documented to relieve shock, trauma, and anxiety. It's also great for sore muscles when applied as a massage oil and may be used as dietary supplement, or inhaled as well. Vetiver is safe in food for most people when taken by mouth as a medicine, however, its possible side effects are not known. It should not be taken by pregnant women.