Lead photo: Sophie Assa; Following photos: Lauren Moore
Let’s get real: the life of a working mom, while rewarding, can also be incredibly stressful. There are days when we are juggling it all in the pursuit of having it all. In a world where we are inundated with technology, deadlines, school drop-offs, playdates, and more, it becomes a challenge to keep our heads above water.
We were so inspired by our visit with mother, stylist, and holistic blogger Sophie Assa that we asked her how she manages to conquer each day with grace. The secret? An arsenal of essential oils. Below, Sophie shares with us her fragrant Working Mama Blend, a failsafe concoction that helps maintain focus, alleviate tension, and elevate mood.
What Inspired the Working Mama Blend?
As a blogger and a stylist, I am constantly attached to my computer for work. When I step away from my desk, I am then on my phone. It is really tough! I have a love/hate relationship with the amount of hours each day I waste focusing on devices. Especially since we try to limit any media use for the kids during the week.
I find myself getting caught in a computer time warp. After a few hours staring at my screens, I often feel dehydrated with tired eyes and headaches. We are surrounded by constant Electromagnetic Field radiation (EMF) from computers, phones, iPads, Bluetooth, and other wireless technologies. EMFs are areas of energy that surround electronic devices. Electric fields are created by differences in voltage. Magnetic fields are created when the electric current flows. Electromagnetic fields affect us because our human bodies have their own set of electric and biochemical responses, which include brain function, nervous system, digestion, and heart function.
I decided to start blending essential oils to help combat some of the side effects induced by the EMFs. My blend, which I call Working Mama, consists of three to four oils depending on the time of day. These essential oils are: Rosemary, Lemon, Lavender, and Bergamot.
What are the benefits of essential oils — in particular, Rosemary, Lemon, Lavender, and Bergamot?
Essential oils have high coherent frequencies that resonate in harmony with the body’s electrical field. So, instead of disrupting the body’s network of electrical impulses, essential oils can support the body, returning it to a harmonious place after the exposure to EMF radiation.
Rosemary: This oil contains a compound called rosmarinic acid, that has been shown to act as a protector against EMFs. It does this by seeking out the free radicals that cause harm to our cells; and, by stimulating the body’s own defense mechanisms against the effects of radiation. It also possesses properties to help with memory, which is great when we are trying to retain information. It’s especially good for homework!
Lemon: Lemon, with its bright and fresh aroma, uplifts mood and helps keeps the brain stimulated. Because lemon is a powerful cleansing agent, I add it to purify the air. This is great when I am working in a space where I cannot control the environmental toxins. The body gets dehydrated while using devices because the water in the brain is attracted to the EMFs. Lemon acts as a thirst-quencher with many electrolytes present. I also add one drop to my water glass daily!
Lavender & Bergamot: EMF radiation can cause difficulty sleeping. Our body’s ability to mitigate the effects of oxidative stress largely depends on our energy levels, immune system, stress levels, and quality of sleep. Not only does lavender and bergamot essential oils have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and/or anti-fungal properties to help boost the immune system, but they have also been shown to reduce anxiety, relax the nervous system, and induce better quality sleep. It’s the ultimate support for the body’s healing and repair processes. I add the Bergamot during the day and switch it out for Lavender at night to assist with sleep.
How do we use and apply the oils?
Using the rollerball, I apply to the soles of my feet if easily exposed. I roll onto the insides of my wrists, and also the outside of my ear and massage in, as these are acupressure points. I rub my wrists together and bring them to my face and inhale deeply three times. More importantly, I diffuse the oils close to where I am working. Essential oils work best aromatically, as they trigger the brain. I usually diffuse in the office. If I know I am going to be sitting for hours at the computer, I will also apply to the skin. Be cautious if going out into the sun because the blend contains Bergamot and Lemon which are phototoxic; so, application to the feet is a great option. I keep the roller ball in my bag so I can steal a quick sniff if I’m going into a meeting to freshen my mind and stimulate my memory. It protects me from many environmental toxins as well.
Where can we find this blend and learn more about essential oils?
I make the Working Mama Blend. I hold oil classes every two weeks and invite you to come learn more about the benefits of using essential oils in your home. It is a fun conversational class with yummy snacks and heavenly scents. Other blends I make: Teething, Calming (tantrums), Germ Off, Energy Booster, Moody Mama, Worry Warrior, Boo Boo’s, Sweet dreams, No More Monsters, That Time Of The Month, and many more.
Nara Walker is a Fashion Mamas LA member, producer and writer.