Smell Good, Feel Good: An Essential Oils Guide for Festivals

Smell Good, Feel Good: An Essential Oils Guide for Festivals

The stacked music and workshop lineup this year is sure to have your mind and spirit expanding by day and your body groovin’ on the dancefloor by night. With so many ways to upgrade your reality, it’s easy to get buzzing from one thrill to the next and let self-care fall to the wayside. Luckily, we can get by with a little help from our friends in the plant kingdom! By using their pure extracted essences in the form of essential oils, we can increase our vibration and better radiate our essence.

Essential oils have an astounding array of health benefits, and can be effective sidekicks for catalyzing desired emotional states, grounding, enhancing and protecting the psyche, healing aches and wounds, and much more. Not to mention, they make you smell good, go “ahhh,” and just might help you attract that guy or girl you’ve had your eye on all weekend…

photo by Alyssa Keys

photo by Alyssa Keys

If you’re going to be dancing in the hot sun all weekend and probably foregoing a shower or two, a little bottle of your favorite essential oil could be a powerful tool. Unlike deodorants which mask our body odor, essential oils blend with our natural scent, allowing us to still emit our own smell (which plays a vital role in attracting a compatible mate) and is a much safer alternative to the chemicals in synthetic scents. So what’s the perfect natural deodorant? PATCHOULI is referenced often in pop culture as hippie deodorant, and it has great medicinal uses for skin. Though, the perfect scent depends entirely on the individual—you may find that your perfect scent has some other psychic stimulating effects as well.

Essential oils are wonderful catalysts for inducing desired mental and emotional states of being in a natural way. For this reason, they are perfect for Enchanted Forest, as the festival encourages participants to experiment with ways of generating the good juju they seek outside of altering the state of mind. Carl Janicek, Doctor of Homeotherapeutics and Massage Therapist, will be teaching a workshop on Saturday at 11am on anointing with essential oils. Carl points out that oils can be a wonderful alternative to drugs or alcohol.

“People can get high using essential oils, especially if they use them in a way like I am going to teach them to use,” Carl said. “It’s not the same kind of high as cannabis oil, but like a feeling of real positive energy, sometimes a lifting up of strength and energy.”

One oil that is praised for its ability to uplift is PALO SANTO. This oil dispel and disperses negativity, and thus is often used in ritual or ceremonial settings for cleansing and clearing the aura. “It can change your whole mood completely,” Cody Avellon said. “When I burn Palo Santo it can change a whole scenario at a party. I’ve used Palo Santo when it feels weird and then everything’s back to normal again.”

Photo by Triston Lane

Photo by Triston Lane

Cody Avellon is a health enthusiast and sells oils from Essential Oil Wizardry, made by “The Traveling Pharmacist,” Dr. Nick. These oils are a West Coast festival favorite, benefitting hundreds of attendees each event. Another one of Cody’s favorite oils for cleansing is WHITE SAGE. It quiets the mind, clearing thoughts and distractions. “It’s great for setting your intentions,” Cody added. It is also effective for treating respiratory problems, which can arise from those dusty dance floors. White Sage also helps with menstrual difficulties for the ladies who’s moon cycle falls on the same time of month as the festival; for fungal infections if you’re a barefoot wanderer; and for skin problems and acne, in case you passed out in your friends’ tent and forgot to wash the tribal paint off your face last night.

Another great oil for skin is LAVENDER, especially if the dust and heat has your skin feeling dry. It’s great for acne, insect bites, and burns! (Hear that, fire spinners?) It also has calming properties that help control emotional stress, so share some with your friends on the production team, especially if lack of sleep has their head aching. It’s also sleep-inducing, so if they’re looking to get some rest but their mind is reeling, lavender will do the trick.

The perfect counter for that mid-afternoon sleepiness is ROSEMARY. If the sun is beating down and you’re fighting urges to take a nap, this is the perfect pick-me-up if you want to make it to that Conscious Speed Dating workshop—its’ stimulating properties fight physical exhaustion and mental fatigue. Also, if you spent all morning in the Flow Zone learning how to spin a new prop, rosemary will help you relieve those muscular aches and pains.

Photo by Violet Visions

Photo by Violet Visions

If the pain is in your belly, you may want to give PEPPERMINT a whirl. It’s great for digestive issues and nausea. This one is also your pal if you find yourself fighting a cold or respiratory issues—having a stuffy nose or sore throat at a festival is a major buzzkill. This will kill the bugs (bacteria and viruses) and save your buzz for the headliner. When you can’t stop grooving long enough to cool down, peppermint can provide tingling and pleasant cooling sensations when spritzed on a wet cloth and placed on the neck or face.

If you’re hoping to get down and dirty on that dance floor with a partner, you might throw on some YLANG YLANG. “If used on the sacral area, it tends to balance masculine and feminine energies,” Carl said. “It’s a very seductive oil. When I walk through an orchard of ylang ylang trees I just feel very peaceful, very relaxed, uplifted and blissed out—like seductively blissed out.”

Photo by Edward Clynes

Photo by Edward Clynes

You might also find a place for ORD, also known as Agarwood, in your secret recipe for the evening, as it is considered to be the most powerful natural aphrodisiac. The Lord Buddha called it “the scent of Nirvana.” Can we get a yum?

FENUGREEK is another one that might make ‘em bite their lips. It actually mimics the female hormone estrogen. “It makes you more attractive to someone cause they’re smelling a plant pheromone that turns you on,” Cody spilled. Wild, right? (Update: yes, wild…)

Cody has fun selling oils like these. “When people come buy my oils and go for a night out, I’ll see them later on and they’ll give me a big high five and a big smile…” Cody laughed. “And that’s enough said.”

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