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5 Essential Oils
Wellness
Published Friday Mar 01, 2019 by Brittany Raine

5 Essential Oils to Elevate Your Fitness Routine

Sticking to an exercise program isn’t always easy. Do you ever feel like you are lacking motivation, especially first thing in the morning or after a hard day’s work? Before you skip your next fitness class or cardio blast, you may want to give essential oils a try.

Essential oils are naturally occurring aromatic compounds found in seeds, bark, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. These oils give plants their fragrance, and protect the plants from insects and other threats, too. They seem to be all the rage now, but these oils have long been used for their benefits to human emotions, physical well-being and nutrition.

Here are five essential oils that can help boost your mood and kick your workout into high gear:

Lemongrass

Lemongrass ignites the senses and can help give you the burst of energy you need to get from couch to class. This essential oil is also said to support healthy weight management and a process known as thermogenesis, which helps with the production of heat in the body.
Try this for: Hot yoga
Tip: Rub a few drops on your inner wrist before class for an extra energizing pick-me-up.

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Lemongrass

Lemongrass ignites the senses and can help give you the burst of energy you need to get from couch to class. This essential oil is also said to support healthy weight management and a process known as thermogenesis, which helps with the production of heat in the body.
Try this for: Hot yoga
Tip: Rub a few drops on your inner wrist before class for an extra energizing pick-me-up.

Peppermint

Peppermint can be the wake-up call you need for an early morning class. This essential oil will enliven you and can help boost your mood. It is also believed to support healthy breathing during exercise.
Try this for: Cycling
Tip: Inhale prior to your workout for extra energy, and try rubbing a few drops on your wrist before heading to an early morning class.

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Peppermint

Peppermint can be the wake-up call you need for an early morning class. This essential oil will enliven you and can help boost your mood. It is also believed to support healthy breathing during exercise.
Try this for: Cycling
Tip: Inhale prior to your workout for extra energy, and try rubbing a few drops on your wrist before heading to an early morning class.

Eucalyptus

This essential oil is widely known to be soothing. A whiff of eucalyptus can support a sustained positive mood and energy throughout the day. This oil is also said to aid with recovery and ward off illness. If you feel the sniffles coming on or don’t feel quite yourself, eucalyptus might help.
Try this for: Barre or on your rest day
Tip: Washing sweaty workout gear? Try adding a few drops to your dryer filter for added freshness and to sanitize before drying your load.  

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Eucalyptus

This essential oil is widely known to be soothing. A whiff of eucalyptus can support a sustained positive mood and energy throughout the day. This oil is also said to aid with recovery and ward off illness. If you feel the sniffles coming on or don’t feel quite yourself, eucalyptus might help.
Try this for: Barre or on your rest day
Tip: Washing sweaty workout gear? Try adding a few drops to your dryer filter for added freshness and to sanitize before drying your load.  

Lemon

Lemon essential oil can do many things, but did you know it can also quench your thirst? Add a drop or two to your water for a natural pre-exercise drink that will keep you hydrated throughout your workout. The burst of flavor and scent will drive you to drink more than you typically would—added bonus!
Try this for: That long afternoon at work before a trip to the gym
Tip: Fill your water bottle and stick it in the refrigerator overnight so you have a chilly, invigorating treat first thing in the morning.

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Lemon

Lemon essential oil can do many things, but did you know it can also quench your thirst? Add a drop or two to your water for a natural pre-exercise drink that will keep you hydrated throughout your workout. The burst of flavor and scent will drive you to drink more than you typically would—added bonus!
Try this for: That long afternoon at work before a trip to the gym
Tip: Fill your water bottle and stick it in the refrigerator overnight so you have a chilly, invigorating treat first thing in the morning.

Marjoram

Marjoram is a key essential oil to post-workout recovery. This oil has calming and relaxing properties, which can work wonders on sore and tired muscles. Typically, marjoram is used for massage or in a warm bath to aid muscle recovery and repair.
Try this for: After a race or workout-heavy week.
Tip: Looking for quick muscle pain relief? Massage a few drops onto the desired area before (or after) your workout. You can even add a few drops to a warm Epsom salt bath for maximum recovery benefits.

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Marjoram

Marjoram is a key essential oil to post-workout recovery. This oil has calming and relaxing properties, which can work wonders on sore and tired muscles. Typically, marjoram is used for massage or in a warm bath to aid muscle recovery and repair.
Try this for: After a race or workout-heavy week.
Tip: Looking for quick muscle pain relief? Massage a few drops onto the desired area before (or after) your workout. You can even add a few drops to a warm Epsom salt bath for maximum recovery benefits.

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
black-owned beauty and wellness businesses
Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.