Aromatherapy At Home

It's almost the end of the year, which means it is holiday season! What comes with the holidays? Stress

Many of us have a difficult time balancing life at this time of the year. We fall off of our routines, eat differently, feel more anxious - so what CAN we do to help take care of ourselves?

Yoga and meditation - that mind and body connection - is so important during these stressful times, but sometimes we just want to stay home and relax during the winter. We have another great option for you!

While wrapping gifts, enjoy some aromatherapy...in candle form!

This one is special during the holiday season - hence why it is named Holiday Cheer.

How does aromatherapy work?

When inhaled, the essential oils (used in aromatherapy) are absorbed into the blood stream and they send a signal to the Limbic System. This system is where our emotions are located in the brain. This is why essential oils can help with so many things like lifting depression, calming anxiety, and more!

What are the ingredients in these candles?

Holiday Cheer is a 100% natural hand poured aromatherapy candle made with soy wax, Cinnamon Leaf essential oil, Clove Bud essential oil, Douglas Fir essential oil, Sweet Orange essential oil, Atlas Cedarwood essential oil, Juniper Berry essential oil, Rosemary essential oil, and LOVE. :)

As a combination, these oils are shown to "improve mental clarity and mood, reduce signs of anxiety and stress, regulate appetite, fight fatigue and insomnia, congestion, headaches, and colds."

What are the benefits of each of the essential oils in Holiday Cheer?

  • Cinnamon Leaf essential oil: Balances the body and helps with the transmission of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. Imbalances in these two chemicals in the brain is related to depression.
  • Clove Bud essential oil: Acts as an anti-inflammatory. 
  • Douglas Fir essential oil: Helps to clear the sinuses as well as helping with breathing and any respiratory issues.
  • Sweet Orange essential oil: Alleviates anxiety, depression, anger, and any inflammation in the body, like having a cold .
  • Atlas Cedarwood essential oil: This is a grounding and calming essential oil. Great to reduce stress.
  • Juniper Berry essential oil: Purifies the air and is a relaxant that does not act as a sedative.
  • Rosemary essential oil: Acts as a decongestant, helps with staying focused and helps memory retention.

Light this candle anytime this winter when you need a little "yoga" and mindfulness at home!

These candles are created by Kristen Miller, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach studying Herbalism. Check out her website here! Kristen provides services through Home Yoga & Barre, and her candles can be purchased or pre-ordered at the studio.

 

Why Do Yoga

You've seen more businesses popping up with this word "YOGA" very prominent in the names. The first you heard of this was on the 90's TV show, "Sex And the City". Since then, you've wondered what yoga is, and why - mostly - women like it.

If you're not aware, September is National Yoga Month. We won't get into the history of yoga just yet, since that is enough for a whole other post, but I will tell you that there are a whole slew of reasons you should try yoga!

  1. Exercise. Yoga is relaxing AND it is a form of exercise. Search YouTube and you will find yoga practitioners effortlessly flowing through a yoga practice - except they aren't effortlessly doing anything. Yoga is more difficult than it looks, mainly because our bodies are so tight! Which leads me to our next reason.
  2. Flexibility. You lift weights alot. You run. You also sit at a desk everyday and drive a car to get to that desk! This all leads to us being tight AND weak - regardless of what you may think - a tight muscle is NOT also a strong muscle. Yoga improves our range of motion, which improves all of these other activities and also our comfort level and strength while doing them!
  3. Stress Relief and Better Breathing. These two are tied together for good reason. While practicing yoga, you will learn to breathe through the nose and not through the mouth, usually. This is because inhaling and exhaling through the mouth actually increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Nasal breathing increases your lung capacity and circulation of blood throughout the body, making it able to detoxify itself, and this way of breathing increases performance during runs and other activities! Try it and see!
  4. Weight Management. We aren't burning a whole ton of calories in most yoga classes, but we all know that when we are stressed out, aren't sleeping enough, overtraining or not getting enough water - our body is in a state of stress. Therefore, our body secretes a hormone called cortisol. This is something that bloats a majority of us and stores belly fat. We are "off balance" in some way when this happens. Well, yoga regulates this hormone. It brings us physically and mentally back to balance. Yoga also helps us to be more mindful of our body and mind, which also means being more thoughtful about what we are eating, which often comes with the side effect of losing weight.
  5. Present. A good asana (physical yoga) and meditative practice will help bring you to the present moment. It encourages us to accept things and people as they are. It changes our perspective and allows us to enjoy just "being" rather than always moving forward.

These are only a few of the ways yoga can improve your life. If you'd like to learn more about yoga, join us for our Beginner's Workshop this October! Click here for more information.