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Essential Oil Diffuser MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Tuesday Jul 09, 2019 by Jasmine Smith

Here’s 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.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.