Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Monq is something I bought on my own, with my own money. I just wanted to share my thoughts.
As someone with a lot of anxiety, I am always looking for more “natural” ways to alleviate my pain. Yes, I am prescribed anxiety medication. However, as a young woman who would like to start a family one day, I don’t really dig the idea of getting addicted to pills. After all, I should be able to feel relaxed in normal, everyday environments without my brain going haywire. Just like everyone else. Right?
A lot of people offer advice like meditating and yoga. A lot of people tell me just to “get over it.” I find all of these suggestions really hard to do. I dwell on things over and over and over again- forcing myself to be quiet and meditate would only make those thoughts in my head seem louder.
Then I saw a few ads on my Facebook and Instagram of people using Monq- a little device that looks a LOT like an e-cigarette or a vape. I was wary at first, but then I decided to do some more research.
First of all, Monq is not an e-cigarette at ALL. It has a little to do with the experience of vaping, but it’s not actually a vape. Instead, Monq is all about essential oils.
I’ll let you read more about their product on the official website, but basically, they take a few essential oils and, depending on how you want to feel, bundle them up into one portable vaporizer, or a “pen.” Then you breathe in these oils, and you’re supposed to feel better with just one or two breaths.
You put one end of the pen in your mouth, and the other end, which is encrusted with a gem, lights up. You are supposed to breathe in through your mouth and out through your nose- none of it goes into your lungs. Now I must say, by doing this, it DOES look like you’re smoking or vaping. It looks really shady, but it’s not. I’m always afraid to use my Monq around other people because I don’t want them to get the wrong idea, so I usually use it at home or in the car.
Now, Monq has a lot of different “feelings” that they offer. Depending on what scents you choose to breathe in, you can feel happy, healthy, active, vibrant, sleepy, or sexy. They recently came out with a few new scents that are supposed to make you feel as though you are in a forest, by an ocean, or on a mountain. This is all based on the science behind essential oils, and the idea that by combining different oils, your body and mind react to them in certain ways via your olfactory senses.
I decided to try two; one was zen, an obvious choice, which is supposed to help with anxiety. This comes in a little lavender pen and contains the oils of frankincense, orange, and ylang ylang. You can read more on their website about the science behind each fragrance, but basically all these scents combined are meant to help one manage anxiety and stress.
The second one I tried was happy, because, who doesn’t need a little more happiness in their life? This comes in a gold color, and contains fennel, thyme, and vanilla. I actually wished it just contained vanilla, because the thyme is a little strong. However, I guess I can always purchase a bottle of vanilla extract and carry that around!
Here are my general thoughts on the product:
Monq is expensive.
It’s $20 USD for one diffusor, minus shipping. They do offer packs of all seven varieties, or custom packs where you can pick your favorites, but those will still run you $69-$169. This is a lot harder to afford than, say, refilling my anxiety medication, which is around $6 per refill. Plus, the “pens” are not re-usable.
Monq doesn’t last long.
The website says it’s good for 200-250 gentle breaths, lasting around 3-4 weeks. However, everyone breathes differently, so it all depends on how frequently you use it. For me, I took about 3 breaths a day for the zen one, and two breaths a day for happy. Each lasted for barely 2 weeks, so that was a bit disappointing.
I feel weird using it in public.
This is more of a personal gripe, but there have been times where I definitely wanted to take a puff of “zen” before a big work meeting, but felt shady about using monq at my desk (or even taking it to the work bathroom). I also didn’t want any of my coworkers to see me using it in my car or on my walk to work. Unfortunately, a lot of people have opinions on smoking and vaping, and unfortunately, I do care a lot about what these people think.
Monq is not a replacement for anxiety medication.
Now, Monq doesn’t claim to be a replacement for medication, but I think I got my hopes up after watching all these YouTube videos, where others review the product and say that now, they barely reach for their anxiety meds. So I say, if you’re looking for something to replace medication, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for just a little extra help, then monq can be right for you (great, now I sound like a medical commercial).
Monq smells good.
It doesn’t necessarily taste good, but it does smell nice. This made me think of just purchasing the essential oils on their own, and dabbing some on my skin like perfume.
Monq does make you feel better, if only for a little bit.
I didn’t really notice any immediate or long-lasting effects after using my Monq, but it did make me feel a bit calmer. It doesn’t have the same effect like Xanax would, but if you don’t want the heavy medication, use Monq and just give it some time. If anything, it helps you focus on your breathing and makes you stop whatever you’re doing at the moment in order to absorb the smells. It directs your anxieties to a physical object, which I like. Also, it gives me peace of mind just knowing I have something to make me feel better in my purse or pocket.
Monq is portable.
While I do feel uncomfortable using it in public, I like that I can take it around with me in my bag or wallet. It also doesn’t require any plugs or batteries.
Monq’s Customer Service is amazing.
After using zen for a few days, I noticed it was starting to wear off. I emailed customer service on the Monq website, thinking I had just received a defective device, and they gave me a voucher for a new one at no cost. I thought this was very considerate- they obviously put a lot of care into their products and their clients.
While I had high hopes for a while that this would be my new miracle substitute for medicine, it didn’t quite turn out that way. Monq is nice, but it is not a cure. However, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the power of essential oils, and for alternative ways to aid anxiety. I only wish that it lasted longer, and was a bit more affordable.
Bottom line: Give Monq a try. Everyone is different, and it might work amazingly for you! For me, it wasn’t worth the hype, but they are a growing company, and do seem to listen to their customers. I’m hoping they come out with reusable diffusers soon that last longer, and are hopefully less pricey.
Do you have any recommendations for products that help with anxiety?
Hugs and Fishes,