Feel a cold coming on? About to get on a plane? Need to de-stress, fast? Jenna's got a hack for that.
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One of the many reasons we love actress and dancer Jenna Dewan Tatum? She's just as likely to show off her glam side—as a host on World of Dance or on the red carpet—as she is to post a totally natural, makeup-free selfie.
Jenna's no stranger to the world of natural beauty. She's partnered with the Humane Society to advocate for the end of cosmetic testing on animals and has long talked about how she opts to use cruelty-free products. (She also credits going vegan with helping clear up her skin.) "When I had my daughter, I got more into conscious living, wellness, and wanting to know what's in my products," she says. "I think it's important to be more thoughtful about what you put on your child, on yourself, and in yourself."
So it should really come as no surprise that she's also an avid believer in aromatherapy and essential oils, and strongly believes they have the power to boost your mood and solve pretty much any other problem life throws your way, from a cold to stress to general bad vibes. We sat down with her to talk about her essential oil DIYs (even we had never heard of this one before!)—plus her other hacks to nip stress in the bud. (Related: 10 Essential Oils You've Never Heard Of—and How to Use Them)
Why she's obsessed with essential oils: "I've been a fan of Young Living essential oils for 16 years. My friend got me into them and I was hooked—I noticed a huge difference in my mood when I used them. I use a combination of one to five every day. When I'm really stressed out, I'll use lavender or the tranquil blend. Sometimes I wake up and I just want straight frankincense—it's really protective, it just feels really nurturing in a way, so I use it when I'm going to have a busy day and be around a lot of people. I'll either put the oils on my pressure points—my neck, my wrists, the soles of my feet, my chest, the back of the neck—so that it goes into the bloodstream, or I diffuse them and put them into my baths. I read a lot about the science of scent and what it does to your brain and your neural system. There's actually scientific proof to how scent can affect your whole system, your whole body. So I really believe in it." (Related: The Essential Oil Hack to Wake You Up In the Morning)
Her daily essential oil DIY: "After I get out of the shower, I create my own signature scent using a few oils, or I do this little DIY—I take a little bit of coconut oil from the jar, and then put a few drops of whatever essential oil I'm feeling that day, rub it all together, and use it like a lotion. I want to smell like I've left the spa at all times! There's one essential oil called White Angelica and when I wear it, people always stop be on the street and ask what perfume I'm wearing."
Her immune-boosting tricks while traveling: "Today, I'm feeling run down from all the traveling, so I'm rubbing these eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils all over my throat and it's helping a ton. If I'm feeling like I'm getting sick or my immune system is at all compromised, I put thieves oil [a combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils] under my tongue. I also use it when I travel. On every single plane, I put a little on my finger and I rub it on the air vent to purify the air. I also use it to wash my hands. That's my go-to hack."
Her de-stressing rituals: "I've started breath work techniques recently. One of them is a three-part breath that's really helped me. It's two breaths in one breath out, but you do it for like 7 to 10 minutes. It just moves energy out of your body, de-stresses you. I do it whenever I can. It's really grounding. It's kind of a version of meditation. And then of course, working out. Anything with motion equals emotion and I think any workout that gets you out of your head and into your body is good. For me, that's always been dance. Right now I'm obsessed with [dance cardio workouts] Jennifer Johnson (JJDancer), a trainer and choreographer in LA."