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Using Essential Oils For Energy

January 04, 2018

Many people use stimulants like caffeine, energy drinks, or sugar to combat fatigue.

Yet, this only worsens the problem, especially if you’re already in “burnout” or going through an energy crash.

First off, if you’re dealing with ongoing fatigue, make sure you’re improving your diet, getting plenty of rest and learning to handle stress better.

These steps are critical to recovering and re-energizing your body.

Second, you can use essential oils to revitalize your energy. We tend to think of essential oils and aromatherapy for relaxation.

Yet, specific essential oils can boost energy, and help you stay alert and active through a long day.

Aromatherapy can center you if you’re feeling scattered, and can even sharpen memory and brain activity.

How Essential Oils Work For Energy

Molecules from essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream through the nose, where they influence the olfactory nerve and brain.

Research shows the essential oil of rosemary in particular can improve your ability to remember tasks.

A blend of rosemary and lavender has been found to significantly decrease stress in nursing students taking exams.

Essential Oils for Energy

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis):

Rosemary is a key oil for memory and mental acuity. It’s a great choice for students preparing for exams, and for people who struggle to keep track of their daily “to do” list.

Rosemary has circulation stimulating activity and can help “wake up your brain” if you’re feeling sluggish.

Early tests with rosemary also show good results for helping to calm and orient people with dementia.

You can simply add 2-4 drops to a diffuser or a hot bath and enjoy the benefits.

Lemon (Citrus limonum):

The essential oil of lemon is one of my personal favorites for a noticeable energy and mood lift.

Lemon oil counteracts anxiety and tension, which drags down your energy. It has a mild stimulating effect for fatigue, and has gentle antimicrobial and detoxifying effects for minor colds and flu.

Just add 5 drops into 10ml of jojoba oil, and dab on your temples and wrists a few times a day.

You can also add a few drops of lemon oil to a diffuser, shower gel or bath for a refreshing, stimulating effect.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale):

Spicy ginger is a warming oil, great for enhancing circulation and body energy. (Fatigue is sometimes caused by poor circulation or stagnancy in the body.)

Diluted ginger oil is widely used topically to relieve arthritis aches and pains, and to increase energy.

It has anti-inflammatory effects, and is a great choice for people who are convalescing from an injury. (Do not apply on broken skin. Wait until healing is underway.)

I recommend using just a few drops in a hot bath, foot bath, or massage oil for energy and pain relief benefits.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi):

Similar to lemon and other citrus oils, grapefruit essential oil encourages a more positive mood and higher energy.

It’s especially good for fatigue related to hangovers or mild depression.

Grapefruit oil is considered one of the best aromatherapy oils to aid weight loss. The scent alone seems to naturally suppress the appetite.

Grapefruit oil is also an excellent detoxifier for the lymphatic system. (Poor lymph flow contributes to low body energy and cellulite.)

Add a few drops to a carrier oil like almond oil or coconut oil, and apply on areas where you need support (typically the hips and thighs). You can also use grapefruit oil in a diffuser or in a hot bath.

Peppermint (Mentha pipereta):

The essential oil of mint awakens the mind, refreshes the body, and improves concentration.

Peppermint essential oil is very stimulating to the senses, and can really help if you’re trying to cut back on caffeine or sugar and need a natural energy boost.

You can add 2 drops to a bath, diffuser, or natural shower gel and feel the effects immediately.

If you have IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), peppermint oil can help ease spasms and minor discomfort. Add 1 drop to an herbal tea. Drink 1 cup, 1-2 times a day, or use it diluted in an abdominal massage oil.

Long Term Energy Balancing

If you have long term or severe fatigue, it’s important to address the cause to get relief.

Rest and recuperation time is often necessary to get back to feeling 100%.

Wherever you are in your journey, you can use essential oils as effective energy balancers.

Choose high quality essential oils and use them diluted only as directed.

A little goes a long way with essential oils. They are extremely potent plant medicines. Use them with care, respect, and guidance for the best results.


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