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Wellness
Published Tuesday Mar 17, 2020 by Jasmine Smith

How Essential Oils Can Boost Your Mood

Massage
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
Written by
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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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!