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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!
By now, we all know the benefits of virtual and online fitness classes, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about some of the struggles. To adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, studios and instructors all over the world had to get crafty, many with little-to-no experience with live streaming or recording workouts at home (so, if you haven’t, make sure you send your instructors a quick thank you—because they deserve it). Now that we’ve realized virtual fitness is here to stay—and we’ve all had lots of practice—the virtual experience is getting a whole lot better.
Here’s what your favorite studios and instructors are doing to improve their virtual fitness classes right now:
Everything seems harder than it must be right now...which is why jumping through hoops to get into a class should be the last thing on your mind. As with most things, the simpler, the better (unless we’re talking about the actual workout). Studios are working on creating a one-button experience to join a class. You sign up, get an email, press ‘join,’ and you’re in. And if something happens with your WiFi and you end up getting kicked out, no worries. One button click and you’re back in, without even missing a circuit.
If there's one thing more annoying than not having easy access to classes, it’s bad quality and connection. We’ve all found ourselves in online classes where you literally can’t follow along due to poor connectivity causing instructors to freeze every five seconds. Or if it’s an on-demand class that doesn’t buffer, you’re stuck looking at a spinning wheel as your heart rate decreases at the worst possible time. Not fun.
Now, studios and instructors are doing their absolute best to make sure they have top-notch WiFi and streaming services so we can work out without delays. Better cameras, lighting, and space setups are just a few of the investments instructors and studios are making to make virtual workouts as close to the in-studio experience as possible.
For most, working out with music is a must. But figuring out how to balance tunes with the instructor’s voice can be a challenge. In the studio, they have state-of-the-art speakers blasting playlists throughout class, and oftentimes they have headset mics—all adjusted to the perfect volume so you can sweat to the beat, without missing a beat.
But at home, it’s a little more difficult. Now that instructors have had some time to work on it, they’re figuring it out. Some instructors suggest playlists for you, others have mastered the perfect music to voice volume ratio, and some have invested in some high-quality mic setups for their home studios. In yoga instructor, Dani Schenone’s words, “Instructors are Jedi masters at the music-to-voice volume ratio at this point. When necessary, external microphones offer an amazingly clear experience. I record my classes and listen back, noticing any audio issues I need to address the next time around.” We’re getting there together, and again, thank your instructors. This isn’t easy.
With instructors improving their own spaces for filming workouts, we need to be doing the same as attendees. An instructor’s key to creating a good virtual experience is making it all replicable—creating a space and using equipment that’s realistic for anyone to mimic at home. If they're using weights, they should let you know ahead of time, and maybe even give some household items you can use as alternatives.
Instructors are people too, and they know this. They’re coming up with tons of creative ways to make the experience easier for you, whether it’s propping up their cameras so you can see their entire setup and body, notifying you of equipment needs early in the booking process, or teaching classes that can realistically fit in most spaces.
Have you seen the videos of teachers trying to keep their kindergarteners engaged over Zoom? Fitness classes are not much different. Signing up for group fitness classes means more motivation and encouragement, so we can’t skip out on the hard moves and cut our workouts short when we’re feeling tired. Instructors, though, have an interesting challenge—keeping that spirit up through a computer or phone screen. And right now (as always), they’re stepping up in several ways:
• They’re always on time, beginning and ending class right when they say they will.
• They talk through all the moves, so you don’t constantly have to be looking at the screen, and demo them at least twice in case you missed the first one.
• They shout out words of encouragement and call people out by name, just as they would at an in-studio class.
• They give tips and pointers for perfecting your form, even if they can’t always see you.
• They have a positive attitude throughout the class and are consistent with their delivery, so we always know what to expect.
• They’re our superstars, and we love them for it.
Shifting from IRL to virtual fitness has not come without its own set of complications, but let’s not forget about the struggles of the people on the other side of that screen. Our instructors are working hard out here to make these classes better because they genuinely care about our health, well-being, and sense of community.
Virtual classes are here to stay, and they’re just going to keep getting better and better. Thank you, instructors.