Essential Oils for the Bedroom

it's February, which means LOVE is in the air. But sometimes it can be harder to “set the mood” than we would like.

Here are 9 Essential Oils to help you in the bedroom (or any room you choose).
 
1. Goldenrod // solidadago canadensis 
The name of this oil is derived from from the Latin solide which means “to make whole.” Think of the word, and then imagine it does exactly that - helps with blood circulation to help men "make whole" downstairs.

2. Lady Sclareol
This Young Living essential oil blend enhances female libido by improving mood and raising estrogen levels. BONUS, it smells AMAZING.

3. Mister
Despite its name, Mister increases the desire in both men and women! However, as a bonus, it specifically helps to support healthy function in men.

4. Sensation
Romantic smell, refreshing, and arousing, Sensation amplifies excitement and allows you to experience new heights of self-expression and awareness!

5. Shutran
Designed specifically for men, this Young Living exclusive blended oil boosts feelings of masculinity and confidence

6. Ylang Ylang // cananga odorata
Meaning “Flower of Flowers”, this oil can support loss of libido or frigidity and help you “get your groove back."

7. Idaho Blue Spruce // picea pungens
This oil increases spiritual closeness, heightens sexual experiences, and helps get you there faster.

8. Black Pepper // piper nigrum
This oil produces a warming effect - increases stamina, eases tension, and awakens the mind, all while increasing blood flow to help you get to a perfect ending.

9. Orange // citrus × sinensis
This is happiness in a bottle and a great oil to mix with any listed above. This oil has been known to calm nerves, uplift moods, and smell FANTASTIC.

For more information about these tantalizing oils, visit Young Living Essential Oils and look around. We also recommend this quick & dirty guidebook for recipes and more down and dirty details about each one of the above mentioned oils.

Megan DiGesare is an Essential Oil Educator with Young Living Essential Oils based out of Palm Beach County, Florida, who was raised on holistic medicine from a young age. She loves to incorporate her oils in different ways throughout all aspects of her life and wants to show the world that Essential Oils are for everyone. When she isn't shouting her love for oils from the rooftops you can find her traveling, dining out at the newest restaurant in town, or spending time with friends and family.


DISCLAIMER: Information in this post is meant for informational and educational purposes only and to motivate you to make our own health care and dietary decisions based on your own research and partnership with your healthcare provider. The information or products discussed in this class are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Statements made in this class have not been evaluated by the FDA. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

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Essential oils and plant extracts have been woven into history since the beginning of time and are considered by many to be the missing link in modern medicine. They have been used medicinally to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses and to combat insect, bug, and snake bites in addition to treating all kinds of mysterious maladies. Oils and extracts stimulate tissue and nerve regeneration.” - The Essential Oils Pocket Reference   

Essential oils and plant extracts have been woven into history since the beginning of time and are considered by many to be the missing link in modern medicine. They have been used medicinally to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses and to combat insect, bug, and snake bites in addition to treating all kinds of mysterious maladies. Oils and extracts stimulate tissue and nerve regeneration.” - The Essential Oils Pocket Reference   

1. LAVENDER // lavandula angustifolia

This oil has a soft scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It's perfect for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. It is one of the most popular oils. Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home. It can be applied topically, taken internally, or diffused aromatically. This is a "do-all" oil: it supports emotional health, it's calming, it aids healthy sleeping habits, and it even speeds healing of cuts and scrapes. 

2. Frankincense // boswellia carterii 

This oil dates back to ancient times and played an important role in the daily lives of Ancient Egypt, Persian, Hebrew, Greek and Roman civilizations. It was “used to treat every conceivable illness known to man” and was more valuable than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it.

Frankincense essential oil is a "must-have" because it supports emotional balance and grounding, the immune and nervous systems, and the skin. It can also help in meditation and prayer, as it helps to quiet the mind. It can be used aromatically, topically and internally, doesn’t require dilution for adults and it is safe for all ages. 

3. Lemon // citrus x limon

This is one of the most “essential” oils to have on hand and can be used as teeth whitener, laundry freshener, cellulite cream, face wash and household cleaner. This oil is energizing, a flavor enhancer, helps with circulatory support, and boosts the nervous system. The real question should be "what doesn't this oil support?"

In fact, here's a simple trick: trying to drink more water? Adding lemon* to your water can will improve its flavor, balance your pH, and ultimately may motivate you to increase your water intake.

*I recommend consuming oils that are GRAS, Generally Regarded As Safe. Young Living Essential Oils has a vitality line that are able to be consumed internally.

4. Tea Tree // melaleuca alternifolia

Well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds, tea tree oil can be used for skin health, healthy hair, teeth whitening, insect bites, natural deodorant, and so much more. Tea tree’s natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions make it an essential oil that should truly be part of everyone’s natural medicine cabinet.

5. Peppermint // mentha × piperita

Pleasantly suitable for an abundance of oral and topical uses and antimicrobial properties, peppermint may be the most versatile essential oil in the world (along with lavender.) Literally, there are few body, health, and mind issues that it cannot help. Peppermint has a cooling effect on the skin and a calming effect on the body, which helps to relive sore or tense muscles. It also has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad breath and soothe digestive issues.

Bonus! Stress Away (A Young Living Essential Oils Proprietary Blend) 

This oil is a pre-made blend of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocetea, and Lavender. People call this oil a "Vacation in a Bottle" due to the tropical scent. It can be used aromatically and topically. Dilution isn't required, and the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living happens to come with an AromaGlide roller filament that you can pop right into the bottle for easy application when moments of stress arise. 

I hope this short guide to the most essential oils has helped you get a little more acquainted with essential oils and how they can be so beneficial for whole body health and wellness. This is the first post of many on the subject. Next week will be oils for LOVE. 

Megan DiGesare is an Essential Oil Educator with Young Living Essential Oils based out of Palm Beach County, Florida, who was raised on holistic medicine from a young age. She loves to incorporate her oils in different ways throughout all aspects of her life and wants to show the world that Essential Oils are for everyone. When she isn't shouting her love for oils from the rooftops you can find her traveling, dining out at the newest restaurant in town, or spending time with friends and family. Find her online at @thefutureisoils.

DISCLAIMER: Information in this post is meant for informational and educational purposes only and to motivate you to make our own health care and dietary decisions based on your own research and partnership with your healthcare provider. The information or products discussed in this class are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Statements made in this class have not been evaluated by the FDA. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

Raising Awareness about Mental Wellness

The topic of mental wellness has been increasingly mentioned in the past few years. As we awaken and realize the there is more than just work, more companies recognize that employees matter, and employers should care about the well-being of those who help them forge their business.

Today’s world is demanding and fast-paced. Employees face harder challenges, shorter deadlines, lower salaries, and demanding tasks. All these circumstances can affect the well-being of any person at any time. Our parents and grandparents did not have to deal with the kind of challenges we are facing today. According to the American Psychological Association, 37% of women and 31% of men reported an increase in stress in 2015. Those are high percentages of people affected by one or many of the factors mentioned above. It is our responsibility to step up and do something about our mental wellness and at the same time help others that are being affected too. The same way employers should incorporate incentives and support for mental wellness as part of their benefits packages. 

There are many habits that affect our mental wellness. It is important to be aware of them. If you have a poor diet, high levels of stress, depression, poor physical health, smoke frequently, use drugs or have an addiction to something harmful you might be at risk. Recognizing these factors in ourselves is essential to improve our mental wellness. Seek help is you most.

There are many ways that you can improve your mental wellness. Here are some of the most powerful methods.

1. EXERCISE

Did you know that stress can cause cardiovascular diseases? You can fight back by jogging regularly to lower your stress levels. Go to the gym often. Exercise is an easy way to stay physical and mentally fit. It helps to fight depression, it is an anti-anxiety treatment, promotes neural growth, reduces the symptoms of ADHD and PTSD.

2. YOGA

Yoga is another amazing way to help you improve your well-being. It helps with more than just releasing stress but also it is deeply beneficial to your body. Yoga helps to build muscle strength, improves your bones, aligns your spine and corrects your posture, lowers blood pressure and blood sugar, improves sleep and strengthens your immune system.

3. MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness or meditation is another method you can use to keep your mind cool and grounded. Mindfulness meditation can help you focus yourself, manage your emotions and improve your thought process. Meditation has become a common practice in the past couple years. The simple practice of focusing on your breathing can do wonders for your body, especially your heart and your brain.

A new trend that also helps to improve mental wellness is neuroscience workouts. A combination of meditation and neuro practices that aid in the improvement of the body and mind. These workouts implement yoga and martial arts along music to stimulate brainwaves.

All the previous methods mention above help to improve memory, thought process, self-esteem, and emotional resilience. 

If you like integrating technology in your exercises or medications now there are apps for that. Apps such as Sattva, Headspace, The Mindfulness App, Buddhify, can help you meditate. These apps will help you with guided meditations, track your heartbeat, help you sleep and time your meditation sessions. 

4. RELAXATION

A day at the spa is another way relax and let go the daily tasks. Get a massage, try aromatherapy or a sauna session to unknot the muscles. Even spending time by yourself can help. Reading your favorite book at home or watching a movie are just a few of the many ways you can balance your life and improve your mental wellness.

The best way to get in the habit is to create a schedule and stick to it. Here we have something that is going to teach you how to set an intention you can keep. Improving your mental wellness is not as difficult as you might think. Your most important goal is the welfare of yourself.

Today raising awareness about mental wellness is easier than ever before. It is becoming more accepted in our society to talk about these kinds of issues. If you are being affected by any of the factors, please seek help. You can take care of yourself using one of the methods mentioned above. Today’s world is very demanding. We have to learn how to adapt and overcome the obstacles in order to move forward and design a better environment for all of us at work, at home, anywhere you are.

Alexander Torres is a Digital Marketer and Entrepreneur at The Yoga Department. You can find him learning more about the latest marketing trends, new business models, or meditating. His life goal is to create a healthy marketing symbiotic relationship between the customer and the brand. Connect with Alexander on LinkedIn.

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We ALL spend a lot of time in January focusing on being the best versions of ourselves... and - let's get real - focusing on bringing fitness + wellness into our lives. Here's a quick list of how to sweat + how to eat to make your New Year's resolutions last a little bit longer.

1. Skip the $40 Workout Classes.

It's harder to keep a resolution to stay fit when it costs half as much as your rent. Here are a list of affordable gym memberships for the month of January.

2. Skip the gym.

Better yet, work out at home. Refinery29 lists 30+ of their favorite YouTube workout channels. The good news is you can work out in your PJs! The bad news is you have no excuses to skip working out.

3. Try a different kind of workout.

Even if you can't touch your toes, our friend Sasha gives us a few guidelines on how to approach yoga mindfully. Read her article and try this

4. Fuel your workouts!

Training can be more difficult if you don't support your body with the right nutrients. The right foods to eat before and after you sweat.

5. Stay healthy.

It's cold + flu season, and being bedridden can throw even the most motivated off track. Read how doctors avoid getting sick, and keep on top of those fitness goals!