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Published Tuesday Mar 17, 2020 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.
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Published Tuesday Jun 30, 2020 by Dermatologist's Choice

The Summer Skincare Routine for Outdoor Workouts and Activities

Beauty
Fitness
Skincare

Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness. 

Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.  


But first, protect

When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.  

Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.  
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.

“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.  
 
 
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  
 
 
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day. 


Yoga / Walking 

Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure. 

“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.”     - Dr. B


Swimming 

Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go! 


Hiking 

With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike. 


Cycling/ Running 

One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.  


Workout done, now what? 

At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.  

Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.

“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
 
 

Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.

Dr. B Dermatologist
Written by
Dermatologist's Choice
Clean and Clinical Skincare Brand
About the author
Dermatologist’s Choice is founded, formulated, and tested by award-winning dermatologist, Dr. B. It's not just about keeping your skin clear, but providing clean and clinical formulations. DermChoice has no parabens and no fragrance, is certified cruelty-free, and is formulated with natural and organic ingredients.