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Saje Natural Wellness
Wellness
Published Monday Apr 08, 2019 by Saje

How to Manage Stress With Essential Oils

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Stress is a modern-day epidemic affecting people of all ages and all walks of life. It’s a totally natural part of life, but it can cause some not-so-pleasant side effects. Aside from making us feel anxious and irritable, stress can also cause problems with our sleep, digestion and even our ability to move our bodies.


Fortunately, there are natural, healthy ways to ease the stresses of your day, your week or even your year. From making more mindful diet choices to getting more exercise or sleep, little changes can go a long way to help you manage stress. You can also turn to the power of 100% plant-based essential oils to naturally address your health concerns, including stress, and return to a peaceful state of mind.


If your stress is getting you down right now, reach for one of our stress-releasing blends to ease the strain right away. Designed to soothe and restore your body and mind, these essential oil blends will help you unwind and regain a peaceful state of mind. 


PRODUCTS TO TRY:

Stress Release Soothing Oil Blend
Stress Release Soothing Bath Salt Soak 
 
 

How are you sleeping?
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Getting enough sleep every night is a natural way to keep stress levels low.
 

On any given day, we can come up against dozens of different stressors. Maybe you got caught in rush hour traffic on your way to work. Maybe your child is sick. Maybe you’re struggling to meet a deadline. At work and home, we’re under a lot of pressure, and it can be stressful to keep up. With so much going on, it’s sometimes challenging to turn stress off when we go to bed at night.


A high stress level can make sleeping more difficult because it keeps the body awake and alert. But sleep is a much-needed time for our body to regenerate and repair; without sleep, our bodies and minds feel even more fatigued, causing stress levels to increase.


When you’re sleeping well, on the other hand, you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the new day, and can manage your stress effectively. We have many soothing blends that calm your nerves, relax your body, and support the full night’s rest you need to relieve stress.

 
PRODUCTS TO TRY:

Sleep Well Restful Sleep Remedy
Tranquility Relaxing Diffuser Blend

 

 

How are you eating? 
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Pay attention to your digestion: it will send you signals when it needs some all-natural solutions that will support your tummy and help reduce stress.
 

Feelings of stress and anxiety can trigger uncomfortable symptoms in the gut and put your digestive system in distress. What we put in our bodies is just as important as what we put on our bodies — so make sure to choose healthy products and food to nourish yourself, naturally.
Saje’s in-house natural food specialist Anna says even small changes to your diet can have a big benefit on your wellness. Try incorporating gut-supporting ingredients (like ginger, fennel and, lemon) into your meals and your tummy will learn to relax.


Always pay attention to your digestion — it will tell you when it needs some TLC. For immediate relief, carry one of our belly soothing blends with you. They’re specially formulated to soothe and satisfy troubled tummies.


PRODUCTS TO TRY:

Gutzy Soothing Belly Massage Blend
Crave Away Sweetly Indulgent Oil Blend

 

 

How are you moving (or not moving)? 
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Get your blood flowing by finding your flow with exercise like yoga, which can help relieve stress in the body.
 

Moving your body is key to reaching optimum wellness. But when your body is run down with stress, it can feel impossible to find the motivation to keep going. Getting your blood flowing and working your muscles can keep your stress levels down, lift your energy, and create a better sense of well being.


Whether it’s a going for a walk, practicing yoga, or simply committing to gentle stretching at your desk, movement naturally produces endorphins; your brain’s feel-good hormone. When you make movement a priority every day, your energy will automatically rise and stress will melt away.


No matter where your stress is stemming from, one of our favorite ways to get grounded during stressful times is to practice the Saje Breath. So much more than inhaling the benefits of essential oils, this practice gives you a moment in your day to pause, connect to yourself, and get a small dose of mindfulness and beneficial essential oils.


Choose soothing aromas like our Energy Revitalizing Oil Blend or Stress Release Oil Blend to focus your energy and help you relax—body and mind.


PRODUCTS TO TRY:

Energy Revitalizing Oil Blend
Brainstorm Diffuser Blend Collection

 


When you take a holistic approach to your wellness, your body will naturally reset and become better equipped to cope with stress. Essential oil blends are a simple way to give your body the love and care it needs during stressful moments. Stress is a natural part of life — do what you can to support your wellness by slowing down, listening to your body and managing stress, naturally.

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Saje is all about helping you feel better, naturally. Facing a series of health challenges and chronic pain, husband and wife duo Jean-Pierre and Kate Ross LeBlanc became inspired to seek a more effective, natural solution. Connecting people with the power of plants, Saje is committed to making a difference, one wellness goal at a time.
Prenatal Fitness - MINDBODY
Fitness
Published Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 by Whitney English

The Do’s and Don’ts of Prenatal Fitness 

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For many pregnant women, exercise can take a backseat. I get it. You’re exhausted and uncomfortable—slipping into a pair of tight leggings and sweating your booty off doesn’t exactly sound like a great way to reduce your discomfort.
 
While working out may sound like the last thing you want to do when you’re carrying another human inside of you, engaging in regular, low-impact activities during pregnancy is extremely beneficial to both you and your baby. In fact, some studies show that prenatal exercise may help to reduce aches and pains, improve sleep, and boost mood. But figuring out which exercises are safe for you and your baby can be confusing. If you Google prenatal exercise, you’ll find a wide range of conflicting opinions on what moms-to-be should and shouldn’t do.
 
As a dietitian, a Certified Personal Trainer, and a mom to a 16-month old, exercise has always been a priority for me. During my pregnancy, I was determined to continue my regular routine as long as possible, so I spent a ton of time researching and speaking to experts to learn the best practices for exercise during pregnancy. Here is my list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to prenatal fitness, no matter where you are when it comes to motherhood. 
 

Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

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Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

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Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

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Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

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Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

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Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

Whitney English - MINDBODY
Written by
Whitney English
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
About the author
A former journalist and entertainment reporter in Los Angeles, Whitney English found her passion in wellness and nutrition. Tired of the quick fix promises she encountered in Hollywood, she became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer, making it her mission to research health trends to help determine the best ways to eat, move, and live for long-lasting health.