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It’s safe to say that the essential oils trend is no longer a trend; it’s a lifestyle. And with oils that seem to fix any ailment or fit any occasion, there’s no shortage of what these natural wonders can do.
Whether you’re looking to cure a pesky headache, (spring) clean your home, step up your fitness routine, or relax after that super long meeting, here’s our list of essential oils that work with any mood, any day of the week!
Mid-day slump? Ditch the caffeine and give yourself a wakeup call with lemongrass or peppermint essential oils. Two of our favorite oils that feature mood-boosting benefits, a few deep inhales will be the pick-me-up you need on even the busiest days.
Tip: Try rubbing 3-5 drops of either lemongrass or peppermint on your inner wrists for a natural burst of feel-good energy!
Spring cleaning may be top of mind, but how you clean (and what chemicals you use) can make a major difference. Say goodbye to the storebought sprays and opt for more natural alternatives, like vinegar mixed with your favorite essential oil. It will eliminate germs and grime without any harsh residue floating through the air.
Tip: In a clean spray bottle, combine equal parts warm water and vinegar and add 10-15 drops of preferred essential oil (we like lemon or eucalyptus for that extra fresh smell). Shake well before use, and now you have an all-new, natural all-purpose cleaner.
Maybe you just conquered that HIIT class. Or you crushed your cycling session. Whatever your workout is, when your muscles hurt it can be hard to find sore satisfaction outside of your foam roller. That’s why we love marjoram essential oil! It’s calming and relaxing properties works wonders on sore and tired muscles.
Tip: Massage a few drops of marjoram onto your sore muscles post-workout for quick relief. Also, try adding a few drops to a warm Epsom salt bath for maximum recovery benefits.
Is your skin a sweet snack for bugs wherever you go? Whether you’re traveling somewhere tropical or you’re covered in bites from a camping trip, tea tree essential oil is your savior. It can soothe that itchy feeling plus it acts as an antiseptic, so there are no infections here!
Tip: Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a cotton ball and gently dab the bug bite to help eliminate that scratchy, itchy feeling. And if you’re looking for a bug repellent, try rubbing both peppermint and tea tree essential oils on your skin.
We are all about lavender essential oil when it comes to the headache relief rescue. While it has a variety of beneficial properties, lavender can consistently help you relax and can relieve tension. It helps manage stress so you can remain calm and collect on even the worst headache days!
Tip: Power up your go-to diffuser and add ten drops of lavender essential oil to room temperature water. Take a few deep breaths and exhale slowly. Keep diffuser running for an extra dose of calm.
Real talk: rose essential oil might be the priciest on the market, but believe us it goes a long way. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, the properties in this pure oil are amazing for moisturizing dry skin. Whether it’s your face or your full body, rose oil is the secret to smooth, soothed skin.
Tip: Try adding a few drops to your favorite facial and/or body moisturizer. You can also rub a rose oil directly on your skin first and add your preferred moisturizer after. Rose can also help manage acne naturally!
Just when you think the flu season is officially over, someone next to you at work won’t stop coughing, and it sounds like they can’t breathe. Say “no thank you” to getting sick by powering up your immune system with eucalyptus essential oil. It's perfect if you’re trying to be preventative or already caught the bug.
Tip: At home, work or when you’re going to bed, try diffusing 10-12 drops of eucalyptus essential oil for a couple of hours. You can also place a few drops on your chest or under your nose to help you inhale all the immune-boosting benefits.
Nothing calms our nerves (and works for our wallet) quite like sweet orange essential oil. A very aromatic oil, sweet orange instantly boosts moods and reduces anxiety, making it a perfect pairing for your most valiant employment efforts that have you shaking in your boots, like that company presentation or big interview.
Tip: Apply a few drops of sweet orange oil to the inside of your wrists and bottom of your feet for an anxiety-reducing effect. Be sparing with application though—the intoxicating smell is powerful!
Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.