We are experiencing a time where wearing a face mask publically is mandatory. And with our children returning to school, our teachers and kids will be masked up for extended periods of time - to the point of experiencing several mask-wearing side effects. Symptoms such as headaches, anxiety and unpleasant skin irritations. For those seeking organic methods to relieve these problems, which is safe & effective for the kiddos, we’re here to help! The most problematic issue that arises from consistently covering your mouth while breathing is, well, breathing properly!
Some cotton/cloth masks may cause one to hyperventilate, which may lead to stress, high anxiety and fatigue. This is one result of oxygen not being properly supplied to your vital organs. Frontline workers, such as those in the medical field, public service, retail, hospitality and now our teachers and school-aged children, must wear masks for extended periods of time. This can lead to symptoms of headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath and insomnia as well.
One of the most important things you can do to combat these symptoms is to take intentional & quality breaths before placing on your mask. Teaching our children some breathing techniques such as those practiced in Yoga, Pilates, and other methods which teach intentional breath work will help them a great deal.
A 'quality-based intentional breath' is defined here:
Inhale through your nose for four seconds, exhale through the mouth for six seconds, and then pause for two seconds before inhaling the next breath.
It’s suggested to perform this intentional quality breathing technique for five breaths before you put on your mask, once right after you put it on, and once immediately upon its removal, during your break or when it’s safe to do so.
Intentional breathing is also used in the healing practice of Aromatherapy. Organic essential oils have been used medicinally for centuries, and the proper blend of these nature extracts makes for a wonderful, effective and holistic instrument of healing. Using these blends to relieve headaches, aid respiratory issues, ease anxiety, reduce fatigue and insomnia while under your mask can be easy, comforting and enjoyable! Some of these organic extracts also work magically for the skin irritations that often accompany wearing a face mask; such as acne (now referred to as “maskne”), rosacea, rashes, bruising & many other facial inflammations.
"That sounds wonderful!", you say… But how does this work?"
The answer? The unique healing properties of organically grown botanicals are extracted and distilled into medicinal Organic Essential Oils. These oils, when blended properly for a specific malady, are extremely curative.
Organic Essential Oil of Peppermint
For example, the Organic Essential Oil of Peppermint blended into our Sinus/Headache/Migraine Drops (SHM) is wonderfully effective for breathing issues. By clearing the nasal canal and supporting our lungs, Peppermint Oil helps both re-open the sinuses to help us breathe more easily and keep our lungs happy. This organic oil is made up primarily of menthol, which has been shown to ease tense muscles and relieve pain, so a drop of our SHM under the nose before putting on a mask can prevent breathing problems as well as tension headaches.
Organic Oil of Lavender
Now let’s take a look at Lavender. This beautiful organic oil is included in both our SHM and Beautiful Facial Blends because it boasts a variety of therapeutic and medicinal properties. Highly utilized in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries, Organic Essential Oil of Lavender (Lavendula) is one of the most popular essential oils prescribed to treat migraines and relieve anxiety. A 2013 study reported that the inhalation of Lavender Oil resulted in significant pain reduction for acute migraine sufferers, most within 15 minutes. The US National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health have both documented positive study results for the inhalation of Lavender as a means for relieving headache pain. It has also proven to be a widely accepted remedy for the relief of anxiety, as well as uplifting those with fatigue. We were not created to live in an anxious condition, and science has proven that our bodies immune system suffers when we are stressed or anxious. Inhalation of a blend containing lavender releases chemicals in our brain that naturally relieve anxiety.
For suffering skin, lavender also contains anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties which help heal the skin by killing bacteria and reducing redness and itching. Lavender oil is also one of the top three organic oils to disinfect with! Our Beautiful Facial Mist is a perfect blend to spritz your mask with prior to use. You can prevent headaches while simultaneously calming the mind and the skin with a nice, disinfected mask that smells amazing!
Organic Rosemary Essential Oil
If wearing a face mask is causing anxiety, that may very well increase your cortisol levels. Elevated cortisol levels often lead to headaches, and Organic Rosemary Essential Oil offers mask support by lowering these levels.
This botanical has long been used to treat headaches, relieve stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue, all while being another wonderful choice for skin irritation. Chock-full of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, Rosemary was a must for our SHM blend.
Organic Essential Oil of Jasmine
With the ability to calm the nervous system without causing drowsiness, Organic Essential Oil of Jasmine is a glorious addition for mask support. ‘Scientists have concluded that the scent of Jasmine has such therapeutic benefits that it could possibly end up being used as a medication alternative for depression, stress, anxiety, sleep, and other disorders.’ (1)As the anti-inflammatory properties in Jasmine are also wonderful for healing irritated skin, and is on the list of top organic disinfectants, this unique oil is a must-have in our Beautiful Facial & Elevation of Mind Blends.
Organic Essential Oil of Basil
Another powerful oil we use in our SHM Drops is the Organic Essential Oil of Basil. This may seem a surprising choice for those who are unfamiliar with this herbs ability to relieve headaches. A natural muscle relaxant, Organic Basil Oil has been used for centuries for its analgesic (pain relieving) properties as well as its ability to promote muscular relaxation, which aids tremendously for tension and stress headaches. This oil can have the ability to deliver oxygen to the brain by improving blood circulation, so it works wonders for migraines. It is also used in aromatherapy for headaches and lifting the mood, with it’s sweet, earthy fragrance.
Although there are many more therapeutic organic oils we use in these Mask Support Blends, the final one we must share with you is Organic Essential Oil of Geranium. Behind it’s subtly sweet fragrance lies a fierce amount of beneficial uses. Used in aromatherapy, it helps with everything from neurodegenerative disease, menopause, stress, anxiety, and depression. Applied topically it has been shown to work wonders on acne (skin inflammation), infections, and skin allergies. It’s also a wonderful disinfectant. This amazing oil is in our our Beautiful Facial Serum & FacialMist to ease both skin inflammation and anxiety. Win, win!
So, we encourage each of our Frontline & Essential Workers, and your families, to take a DEEP BREATH, stay healthy, and enjoy life’s journeys!
Elevation of Mind Aroma Body Drops & AromaMist *Anti-bacterial
Sinus-Headache-Migraine Drops (SHM)
*Clears Nasal Canal
*Relieves Headaches & Migraines
*Clears Nasal Canal
*Relieves Headaches & Migraines
“I gave a bottle of Sinus / Headache / Migraine Drops to my daughter, who has suffered for years from debilitating migraine headaches. She tried the drops and while they did not stop the migraine entirely she noted they brought noticeable relief and shortened the length of time the migraine lasted from its usual duration. She was delighted to find an effective remedy that was all natural and non-narcotic.
Stephanie M. on May 17, 2018
"After using the Elevation of Mind™, I am hooked. What an uplifting feeling every time I need it. I would say I am addicted to it because I keep it with me wherever I go. Anyone with depression knows how heavy-feeling it can get and this helps to relieve that feeling. I have been on several antidepressants and none of them do what Elevation of Mind™ does and it doesn't have any of the side effects that go with antidepressants. I also use it before I meditate to help elevate and clear my mind. I am so glad I found you and your essential oils. This has truly helped change my life in a positive way. I can't thank you enough."