If you've ever appreciated a field of fresh lavender, or the scent of minced herbs and sliced limes, essential oils could be a wonderful (and powerful) way for you to promote a better workout and recovery. Essential oils are aromatic and contain intrinsic benefits from their compounds found in roots, flowers, seeds, bark and stems. Athletes can use them topically as aromatherapy or internally to promote energy, stay hydrated and soothe soreness.
If Zumba starts in 20 minutes but you can barely find the energy to grab your gym bag, try some citrus and spicy scents, which are known to bolster energy. For a little pick-me-up, try using essential oils of orange, grapefruit, lime, clary sage and/or rosemary as a room spray to inspire a natural perk.
The properties of citrus essential oils are replenishing and revitalizing. Adding a few drops of lemon or other types of citrus to bottled water can help maintain better hydration and makes your H2O a bit more exciting too. Essential oils are safe to consume if used properly — just be sure to check the dosage on your essential oils bottle, or ask a healthcare provider before using.
Essential oils contain warming properties that are commonly used by athletes to soothe sore muscles. Furthermore, certain oils also contain anti-inflammatory properties and can relieve stress and discomfort associated with pulled muscles. To make your own sore muscle reliever, try mixing essential oils of eucalyptus, cinnamon, peppermint, camphor, lavender, rosemary and/or ginger into a carrier oil, such as coconut oil and gently massage where it’s sore.