Why is it that our least favorite holiday is the one that occurs the most? That’s right; we’re talking about Friday the 13th, a day that is bad news for a lot of people. It’s said to be the unluckiest day of the year. But rather than spending the day hiding from ladders and mirrors, consider using it as a time to awaken the spirit and the mind using essential oils. If done properly, this awakening can help you overcome any negative stigma you may have attached to this day and allow you to treat it no differently than Thursday the 12th.
The oils that work best for this goal are those that encourage relaxation, increase mental awareness, and reduce the body’s stress response. There are three essential oils that can accomplish this and they work best when used together: frankincense, sweet orange, and ylang-ylang. You can find these oils together in MONQ’s Zen personal essential oil diffuser or the bottled blend. Zen also contains dill seed, eucalyptus, lemon, sage, rosemary, and tea tree.
Each of the three primary essential oils in the Zen blend plays a crucial role and when used together they can help you overcome any mental obstacles that might prevent you from enjoying Friday the 13th as if it were any other day.
Zen Blend’s Main Essential Oils
Much of what we consider bad luck is only small mistakes made on our part. Perhaps we trip on an untied shoe string, hit your shin on a table, or lean so far back in our chair that it tips over. We could actually avoid those simple mistakes by boosting our mental clarity and awareness. Thus, we would greatly reduce the amount of “bad luck” we believe to experience on Friday the 13th.
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Frankincense has been used for thousands of years to do exactly this. This oil has been used during deep meditation for a long time because it calms the mind, increases mental awareness, and slows down breathing. It works to calm the mind as well as the body simultaneously.
There is a long list of additional medical benefits associated with the use of Frankincense, including an ability to fight depression1, to kill germs2, and to boost the immune system3. That makes this a great essential oil to have around even if it’s not the unluckiest day of the year.
There are a number of different orange essential oils on the market, such as wild orange, blood orange, and sweet orange. They possess many of the same terpenes and produce the same effects, though their scent may be slightly different. Most of these oils are considered to be variations of the sweet orange.
Those who don’t like Friday the 13th would agree that it can be a stressful day. Unfortunately, the risks associated with stress are no superstition. It can increase the risk of developing a variety of mental and physical health conditions. But that stress can be controlled or prevented with the use of sweet orange essential oils.
Sweet orange essential oil has earned a lot of attention over the past decade for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. One study conducted in 2012 confirmed that the sweet orange aroma helped boost tranquility in situations that would normally cause anxiety.4
A second study, conducted in 2015, measured the anxiety response in women who were currently going through labor. The women who were given orange essential oil aromatherapy during labor noticed a significant decrease in anxiety compared to the control group.5
Ylang ylang alone may be enough to overcome any Friday the 13th blues. It works as a sedative, a stress reliever, and an antiseptic. Studies have shown that it can boost heart health by controlling blood pressure and heart rate, which are directly related to stress levels.6
Using ylang ylang as a mild sedative will lead to relaxation, reduced stress, and less anxiety. The impact of the oil is even more substantial when combined with oils that have a similar effect, such as the sweet orange oil.
Many people who struggle with anxiety find it even harder to deal with this holiday than the average person. The negative stigma of Friday the 13th can make it more difficult to fight anxiety. Ylang ylang can be used as a tool to win that fight because it has natural relaxing qualities.
There are more than a dozen different essential oils that possess some sedative qualities or that can help alleviate stress and can make a nice addition to your essential oil collection, so here are a couple more that can help you fight off the superstition.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender has a number of unique benefits that are supported by dozens of different studies. The benefits that interest us are the reduction in stress, the increased relaxation, and the improved sleep quality. It’s a great tool if you want to relax this Friday the 13th without worrying about bad luck.
The lavender oil benefits the mind through the psychological and physiological effects of the fragrance and oil itself. At least half a dozen different studies testing these effects in relation to stress and anxiety have occurred over the last decade. One study showed that only three minutes of inhaling the aroma could decrease anxiety and improve mood.7
Most of us are already familiar with chamomile and its relaxing, stress-reducing qualities, especially if you drink chamomile tea. These qualities make it a great combination with lavender.
Both of them possess mild sedative properties. Once asleep, the lavender oil will improve the quality of the sleep, which is why you will find these two oils paired together frequently. They work together in MONQ’s Sleepy essential oil blend along with kava kava. It’s guaranteed to help you get to sleep and to improve the quality of your sleep.8 The Sleepy blend is available in a personal diffuser and in a bottle that can be used in a standard diffuser.
Friday the 13th isn’t usually considered a happy holiday, but it can be. This Freaky Friday is a lucky day for MONQ fans as every custom 4 pack will come with a free Happy blend diffuser. That technically makes it a 5 pack at a 4 pack price. With more flavors to try, there are more reasons to buy. Get yours at monq.com/4 while this promo still lasts.