Smell Your Stress Away

I know that if odor were visible, as color is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
— Robert Bridges

I learned something this week. I totally undervalue my sense of smell and taste.  I may have mentioned once or twice that I've been battling strep throat along with a nagging cough. I am finally feeling like my old self and being able to taste my food and smell aromas around me is intoxicating. Which is why I decided to do two things today that I've wanted to do for awhile.

First up, brunch at Green Bar & Kitchen in Ft. Lauderdale. This comfy, vegan/vegetarian cafe caught my attention on Facebook and I wanted to celebrate being able to taste my food again by enjoying a delicious meal.  And they did not disappoint.  Despite wanting to order everything on the menu, we decided on the Tofu Scramble with potatoes, Gluten-Free CHIA pancakes and Tempeh Bacon BLT.

My husband was amazed by the BLT (it totally tasted just like bacon) and I couldn't rave enough about the pancakes and tofu scramble. The owner, Elena Pezzo, was so nice and helpful and invited us back for guided meditations to be held before brunch on Sundays.  Her story of why she opened the cafe is also inspiring and I encourage you to check it out here. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!


The second thing I've wanted to do is smell my essential oils.  Whenever I feel like I need a pick me up, I turn to my oils. I don’t care how many Sun Salutations, guided meditations, or deep breaths you do, at some point you will feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious, tired and/or frustrated.  Sometimes, all at once.  Cue the headaches, neckaches, stomach issues, colds/flus and just an overall feeling of blahness. Essential oils have been a saving grace for me.

I discovered the power of oils from having suffered for the past three years with vertigo, which I attribute to stress (medical diagnosis: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). They come on suddenly when I wake up in the morning and I can’t get out of bed because the room is spinning.  For my episodes, I use a holistic medicine called DiVertigo. It doesn’t eliminate the symptoms right away, you have to keep applying it, but it does help with the dizziness and nausea. 

My favorite essential oils.

My favorite essential oils.

So what’s in this stuff and how can it help you?
Hopefully you don’t suffer from vertigo (if you do, let’s chat!), but we all have ailments that tend to pop up whenever we are really stressed.  The sense of smell is the one sense we have that communicates the fastest and most directly to not just our brain, but to our entire nervous system as well.  

DiVertigo contains five essential oils that work together to alleviate the numerous sensations with vertigo but each oil independently has a number of benefits.

  • Lavender oil- Calming. Scent: Sweet, Floral.
    My favorite! I use this oil in final relaxation for every class I teach and every time I practice. Rub a little into your palm and inhale a few times. 
  • Peppermint oil: Cooling. Scent: Minty, Fresh.
    Inhaling a few drops of peppermint oil sprinkled on a towel or dabbed on your wrist will remove a nagging headache.
  • Ylang Ylang oil: Sensual. Scent: Floral.
    Helps to fight depression by relaxing the mind. 
  • Frackincense oil: Meditative. Scent: Sweet, Balsamic.
    Aids in helping concentration and lifting your mood.
  • Chamomile oil: Relaxing. Scent: Floral, Apple-like
    Brings peace and patience and enhances overall feelings of calm and relaxation.

This week, I invite you to OM the moment for your mind by venturing out to your local health food store and explore these scents and find the one that best suits you. Oils tend to run on the expensive side, especially the uber-popular Lavender, so once you have your scent, go online and shop around. Keeping essential oils in your purse or desk or around your home is a hassle-free way of giving yourself an instant pick me up or cool me down.

Let me know which oil you fancy in the comments below.  Be sure to share this post with your friends and family and encourage them to smell their stress away.

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