Our bodies are amazing and wonderful organisms that use our five senses to communicate different sensations that can evoke many different emotions. Of all of our senses, smell can be the strongest in evoking emotions and memories. Your sense of smell also directly deposits a scent, by way of the cribriform plate, into the brain by way of the limbic system. Our limbic systems is part of the brain which functions to process emotions and memory.
That being said, what better way to evoke confidence, closeness and love than aromatherapy? Blended oil body products and linen sprays are simple and effective ways to infuse loving scents into everyday life. Below are some oils used in various ways that evoke these emotions.
Massage Oil or Body Lotion Blend
4oz of oil or unscented good quality lotion (I prefer sweet almond oil. It hydrates and soaks in quickly leaving a non-greasy feeling)
32 drops of orange essential oil (fruit not leaf or peel. i.e. – neroli)
6 drops of ylang ylang essential oil
8-10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Place oil in a dark glass container (can be found at natural food stores or even drugstores). Add essential oils drop by drop into the oil in the container. Roll container gently between hands for about 30 seconds to blend the oils together. Try out your blend and make adjustments as necessary so it meets your preference. The formula above is a guideline not a requirement. Use your nose as your guide! ps – sandalwood also smells great!
4 oz of distilled water
15 drops of sandalwood essential oil
5 drops of vetiver essential oil
4 drops of jasmine absolute oil
Pour distilled water in a dark glass spray bottle. Add each essential oil one at a time to the water. Roll bottle in between your hands for about 30 seconds. Check your blend and adjust to your preference as necessary. Lavender is also a nice touch. Once finished, spray on sheets, pillows, couch, curtains, etc. and then fluff.
Are there any other essential oil blends you like? Feel free to share them in the comment section below!
Over the past six months I have had the pleasure to get to know Angela and about her love and joy for yoga and inspiring people to be their healthiest. Her passion started early and has grown into a well-rounded philosophy on health, including yoga, a clean, balanced diet and a calm mind. Read more about Angela and how she can inspire you to be your healthiest!
How did you become introduced to yoga? “My mother is the first person who brought up yoga to me. I have had a yoga book I got from her for at least 15 years. I believe I took my very first yoga class in 2005 at a tiny little studio about two blocks from me called Nirvana Yoga. It has been a journey ever since.”
What drew you to become a yoga instructor? “To me yoga is life and life is yoga. What happens on the mat always trickles over into my life. So many lessons in life can be learned from the art of yoga. There is so, so much more to yoga then just postures. I find bliss in teaching this to my students! I had toyed with the idea of teaching for a couple years and finally decided 2012 was the year! I feel teaching yoga is one of my purposes on this earth. I truly enjoy bringing the beauty and grace of yoga to others lives. “
What is your philosophy on health and well-being? “I look at my body as a temple and treat it so. I feel moderation is the key in life even finding moderation in moderation. “Well-being” to me is having a healthy balance that includes: physical, emotional & spiritual health as well as having healthy relationships around you.”
How do you stay motivated to keep your practice and healthy habits all year long? “Well on the physical side of it, if I don’t take care of my body for periods of time I feel like crap! So that is a great motivator! Like I said, I see my body as a temple and I know I only get one so… I better take care of it. This goes along with my emotional/mental health if I am feeling down I do my best to pin point why and work on that. Life is to short to not feel AMAZING!”
Any words of advice for people who are making changes in their health for the new year? “It is a process, don’t expect to be at the finish line so quickly. It takes time and effort to make your goals (just like anything in life). Just stick with it! Make weekly/monthly/yearly goals. Also, it is ok to “treat yourself” every once and awhile,remember balance!!”
It’s that time of year again; Valentine’s Day is one month away! Do you know what you want to do with your sweetheart this year? How about a gift certificate for a peaceful and relaxing massage. Or maybe you want one too? I offer couples massage as well! All you need now is the chocolates and a romantic dinner.
60 minute Couples Massage – $140 (that is less than two individual 60 minute massages!)
My chiropractor, Dr. April (see her in Wellness Partners!), recently sent out her monthly newsletter and she announced that her center will be doing a 21 Day Happiness Advantage. Basically it is a way to prepare yourself each day from start and finish with a positive motivation and intention. And honestly, who couldn’t use some of that? Most of us are so stressed and frustrated with work, traffic or who knows what else, that we forget we have a right to relax and be happy! So put yourself in the advantage and let’s get happy. I know I will!
Below are Dr. April’s guidelines for having a happy and inspired year:
(to be performed DAILY)
Write 3 things you are grateful for
Journal 1 positive experience from your day
Exercise 15 minutes minimally—anything that you enjoy!
Meditate (spending at least 15 minutes in silence or following a ritual of your choice)
Perform One Random Act of Kindness (i.e. write an email thanking someone; donate $1 to your favorite charity etc.)