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Published Tuesday Mar 17, 2020 by Jasmine Smith

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.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

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Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

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 self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar