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Wellness
Published Tuesday Mar 17, 2020 by Jasmine Smith

Here’s How Essential Oils Can Boost Your Mood

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Personal Growth

Essential oils have been all the craze lately. But, what’s behind the “magic potions” and can essential oils actually makeover our moods?
 
What is a bad mood, really?
 
A bad mood is a cocktail of emotions… go with me for a second. Chemically, a rush of emotions and feelings are released from the brain and sent out into our body. As creatures of habit, unfortunately, we’re slightly addicted to familiar emotions—even if those emotions are ‘bad’ emotions like; irritation, sadness, anger, or frustration. Many of us are conditioned to believe new equals scary, so we stay in the familiar. Our bodies are addicted to those chemical cocktails of old familiar emotions. The reason we find ourselves stuck in a rut and or in a bad mood so often—even though we don’t want to be— is because our body is seeking and asking for that familiar cocktail over and over again.
 
Despite the addiction to our own negative cocktails, we can hack into our operating system and change the code using essential oils. Essential oils work directly with our brain and our limbic system. Your sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than any other senses. It’s the reason why certain smells—like CK One or Curve perfume—can vividly take you back to your high school crush or other smells like Aqua Net make you dry heave and gag or smile—depending on your memory of that experience.
 
Why does that happen? Scent works directly with our brain; as soon an aroma reaches our nose, it immediately connects with the olfactory bulbs inside the nasal cavity. These bulbs are actually part of our brain, and they send messages directly to the most primitive parts of our brain; the limbic system. The limbic system acts like vintage warehouses, where memories and emotions are stored, and hormones, behavior responses, mood management, food, and sex drive are influenced.
 
Let’s think of the limbic system as the bartender, he makes the drink and sends the cocktails out (in this case from the brain to the body). He knows your usual order and can make it perfect for you, every time. But, he also knows how to create an inspired custom concoction, if he can experiment with new ingredients.
 
Offering essential oils to the bartender grants him an entirely new element to create. Essential oils allow the bartender to switch up your old ‘addiction cocktail’ to something totally new and different- shifting your perspective and changing your vibe. I know, “vibe” lingo has been trendy lately, so let’s break it down real quick.
 
Everything in the universe vibrates at a different frequency—the sun, planets, you, and even the chair you’re sitting on. This frequency is measured in megahertz (MHz). Every human being vibrates at a certain frequency or megahertz that can be scientifically measured. Your megahertz or vibration rate changes depending on what you eat, if you move your body, and your emotional intelligence. Most human beings measure between 62-72 megahertz. Colds and the flu start at 57–60 MHz, disease starts at 58 MHz. All vibration can be measured, including the frequency of essential oils.
 
Essential oils can interrupt the addictive cycle, raise the frequency of the body, and elevate your mood (and your megahertz). Essential oils are pretty freaking amazing. By rolling an essential oil on your wrist, placing a few drops in your palms, or inhaling the aroma from a diffuser; essential oils can improve your mood and your vibe. Badass, right? It’s a bonus that essential oils smell divine; they are powerful, potent elixirs that can shift emotions, hormones, stress response, moods, and so much more!
 
Here are my favorite essential oils to help shift your mood and change your vibe! 
 

Bergamot Essential Oil

This citrus oil is both fun to say and uplifting. Studies show evidence that Bergamot Oil reduces stress and helps to cultivate those positive feelings. We could all use some of that in our lives.

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Bergamot Essential Oil

This citrus oil is both fun to say and uplifting. Studies show evidence that Bergamot Oil reduces stress and helps to cultivate those positive feelings. We could all use some of that in our lives.

Rosemary Essential Oil

It’s said the Greek Gods, would wear garlands of rosemary to aid their recollection. Today, rosemary essential oil reduces cortisol, increases memory, and mental awareness. (Cortisol is the stress hormone that in excess, can be connected with weight gain, acne, fatigue, high blood pressure, headaches, and more. Ain’t nobody got time for any of that!)
 

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Rosemary Essential Oil

It’s said the Greek Gods, would wear garlands of rosemary to aid their recollection. Today, rosemary essential oil reduces cortisol, increases memory, and mental awareness. (Cortisol is the stress hormone that in excess, can be connected with weight gain, acne, fatigue, high blood pressure, headaches, and more. Ain’t nobody got time for any of that!)
 

Pure Rose Essential Oil

Rose oil is the Queen B of essential oils. The highest vibrating oil on the plant, rose essential oil measures at a whopping 320 megahertz! It raises the vibration of every cell in your body. Rose oil was shown to drop adrenaline levels by 30% (think: staying calm during a big interview or important meeting). Rose oil also decreased fight/flight (sympathetic) nervous system activity by 40%. Keep calm and move on, literally.

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Pure Rose Essential Oil

Rose oil is the Queen B of essential oils. The highest vibrating oil on the plant, rose essential oil measures at a whopping 320 megahertz! It raises the vibration of every cell in your body. Rose oil was shown to drop adrenaline levels by 30% (think: staying calm during a big interview or important meeting). Rose oil also decreased fight/flight (sympathetic) nervous system activity by 40%. Keep calm and move on, literally.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Sourced from Madagascar, Ylang Ylang can help you feel calm and relaxed it, reduces anxiety, decreases blood pressure, and reduces body temperature. Feeling a slump in self-confidence? Studies show Ylang Ylang significantly boosts self-esteem. Use a drop of this sweet floral scent as a natural perfume on your next date night! (It is one of the main notes in many of the most popular fragrances today, including Chanel No. 5)

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Sourced from Madagascar, Ylang Ylang can help you feel calm and relaxed it, reduces anxiety, decreases blood pressure, and reduces body temperature. Feeling a slump in self-confidence? Studies show Ylang Ylang significantly boosts self-esteem. Use a drop of this sweet floral scent as a natural perfume on your next date night! (It is one of the main notes in many of the most popular fragrances today, including Chanel No. 5)

Lavender Essential Oil

Good ol’ lavender. Not your grandma’s lavender-scented toilet cleaner, yuck. I’m talking about pure. Therapeutic. Non-adulterated. Non-synthetic. Lavender. Lavender essential oil is found to be effective in Generalized Anxiety Disorder patients, suppressing anxiety, and improving the overall feeling of wellbeing.

 

Whether you’re trying to transform a bad mood, or enhance a good one (hello Rose oil) essential oils are one constant way to communicate a new message to your brain and body. When working in tandem with your evolution, your mind and body can produce a different perspective and a new way of being all year long.

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Lavender Essential Oil

Good ol’ lavender. Not your grandma’s lavender-scented toilet cleaner, yuck. I’m talking about pure. Therapeutic. Non-adulterated. Non-synthetic. Lavender. Lavender essential oil is found to be effective in Generalized Anxiety Disorder patients, suppressing anxiety, and improving the overall feeling of wellbeing.

 

Whether you’re trying to transform a bad mood, or enhance a good one (hello Rose oil) essential oils are one constant way to communicate a new message to your brain and body. When working in tandem with your evolution, your mind and body can produce a different perspective and a new way of being all year long.

Jasmine Smith MINDBODY
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Jasmine Smith
Yogi | Meditation Teacher
About the author
Jasmine Smith is a spiritual development coach, yogi, meditation teacher, science nerd, essential oil junkie, hypnotherapist, and a former medical assistant. Not one for labels, you may find it difficult to categorize her and she's okay with that. An international teacher and innovative thought leader, Jasmine brings a depth of experience, a fresh perspective, and a new way of being 365 days a year.
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Beauty
Published Wednesday Dec 23, 2020 by Denise Prichard

Unexpected Looks and Learnings from 2020

To put it bluntly—2020 was a real bummer. When we entered the year, we all had that “20/20 vision” mindset of making the year one of travel, joy, discovering new hobbies, and conquering our fitness goals. But come March, that vision became a blurry mess of sheltering-in-place and being forced to throw our normal routines and our aspirations out the window.  

Who would have thought that something like getting a haircut would be off-limits? Or that those monthly massages wouldn’t be around to help us unwind? 2020 forced us to get creative, and you blew us away with your stick-to-itiveness. 

We recently polled you on Instagram to see which beauty and wellness services you missed the most and how you’ve re-vamped your self-care routines to stay sane during this train wreck of a year. And I must say, as I read your responses in my sweats, rocking the messiest top knot of all time, I definitely felt like I need to take it up a notch when it comes to getting ready for the workday.  

Seriously—an alarming number of you have been on point when it comes to sticking to your daily morning routines and actually wearing work clothes while on Zoom calls. Kudos to you!  

Curious to see what the takeaways were from our Instagram poll? Keep reading.

Takeaway #1: All beauty services are missed equally 
beauty services missed 2020

According to your responses, you're all sick of your exposed roots and split ends equally, with 51% of you preferring to get a haircut and 49% opting for hair color. The numbers were also pretty close when it came to your nails—with 52% of you opting for a manicure over a pedicure. Due to the pandemic, the state of the beauty industry has been on a rollercoaster of openings and closings—and they need our help and support now more than ever. If you happen to live in an area where you’re able to enjoy beauty services, make sure you show your stylist or nail artist a little bit of extra love when tipping them.  

 

Takeaway #2: You miss massages, but are ready for touchless spa treatments 
touchless spa treatments

Anybody who knows me will tell you the thing I miss the most is getting a monthly massage—and 71% of you seem to agree. With most of us working from our beds or hunched over our laptops on our couches, our posture (if not our comfort) has taken a serious hit. While most of us either live in an area where massages are off-limits or we just don’t feel safe going in for one quite yet, there are some touchless spa treatments you're ready to try.  

  • 69% of you are interested in trying an infrared sauna treatment—no surprise during the cold winter months. This type of treatment uses light to directly warm your body to increase heart rate, help you sweat out the bad stuff (like all that wine we’ve been drinking), and treat chronic health problems.  
  • 31% of you are willing to brave the cold of cryotherapy. These sessions aim to decrease inflammation and speed up recovery time after an intense workout by standing in an extremely cold chamber of liquid nitrogen or dry, fresh, oxygenated air. 
  • 52% of you are down to try out salt caves. Turns out, Himalayan pink salt isn’t just for you fancy home chefs out there. By sitting in an entire room made of this salt, you can relax and potentially treat respiratory and skin issues.   
  • 48% of you are ready to suit up for a float tank sesh. If you love meditating, this is the perfect touchless spa treatment to try. Float tanks are filled with body-temperature saltwater—and they’re lightless and soundproof. You guys—I’ve tried this and it’s definitely the kind of R&R we all need right now.  
Takeaway #3: Your self-care routines are admirable 

Call it wishful thinking, but I was fully expecting most of you to say, “Zoom camera off” as your go-to beauty tip—but I guess that’s just me. Instead, you've all been pretty consistent with your morning routines—working out, showering, and dressing like you're actually going into an office. Some of you are even going the extra mile and putting on a red lip and some earrings. I’m taking notes.  

And even though this year’s challenges put a damper on our normal routines, it's inspired us to get creative with our skincare regimen. Some of you have added new serums and masks to your skincare arsenal, while others have tried out at-home facials for that quarantine glow. By far, one of the most popular answers was the incorporation of Gua Sha to help detoxify, brighten, and tighten your skin.  

This year was one for the books. But I think it made us realize there is always wellness—and that taking care of ourselves is crucial. If you're in an area where in-house beauty services are an option, book that appointment (if you feel safe to do so). If your only option right now is to stay at home, keep carrying on with your feel-good, at-home routines.  

If you're curious to see what some other wellness trends you should take note of in 2021, check out this blog 
 

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Written by
Denise Prichard
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.