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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!
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.