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Cityscape: The Island Scents of Bali

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If there is one travel destination that has captured the imagination of travelers from all over the world, it’s Bali. This island paradise is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful vacation spots on the planet.

However, it is not only the natural beauty of Bali that captivates; it is far more than that. People who have spent time on the island speak of a transformational experience, one in which the island and its people cause individuals to reexamine what it means to be human and interact with the world around them.

The first time I encountered the unique sights, sounds and smells of Bali was simply while walking through the streets. I immediately experienced the scent of burning incense that permeates the air around the island. There are many different types of incense, but they fill the air with a scent that mingles with the native frangipani—a signature flower used in offerings, religious ceremonies, or for decoration—to create the unique smell of Bali.

The Taste of Bali: Cookingbali

Cooking was also an important part of my Bali experience. A trip to a Bali night market revealed a culture steeped in a variety of influences from across the globe. Balinese cooking is a delight that engages all the senses.

And the scents! Coriander, aromatic ginger, lemongrass, galangal, pepper, chilis, coconut, and nutmeg—a medley of different experiences that will cause you to fall in love with Bali.

ylang-ylangRemembering Bali with Ylang-Ylang and Lemongrass

So if I could choose scents that remind me of Bali, that bottle up its essence, it would be the scent of ylang-ylang and lemongrass and their essential oils. Ylang-ylang is simply one of the most attractive fragrances in the world, in addition to being credited with the ability to improve mood and alleviate stress. Meanwhile, lemongrass has a fresh and refreshing scent, which has also been shown to improve mood.

I like using both of these essential oils topically when diluted with a carrier oil or as part of an aromatherapy session in a room diffuser or personal essential oil diffuser like Zen, Sexy, Sleepy, or Ocean MONQ.

For those who want to experience Bali and have not visited, or those looking to relive the memories of the beautiful beaches, delicious food, and incredible culture in Bali, ylang-ylang, and lemongrass essential oils have the power to transport you overseas to this island paradise.

We hope you enjoyed this personal account by a fellow essential oil lover, Lydia S. Check out more Cityscape stories here!


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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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