ESSENTIAL OILS & YOUR WORKOUT
By Jane Sandwood, Guest Blogger
One under utilized way to incorporate essential oils into your life is in your pre/post workout routine. When used appropriately, the right essential oils can make your workouts healthier and more effective. The key is knowing which oils to use for your desired results. Explore three ways that essential oils can take your fitness routine to the next level.
The use of essential oils goes all the way back to 3500BC, when Egyptians first uncovered the many uses of these healing oils. From powerful anxiety relief to cold relief, there are dozens of practical, daily uses.
FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Staying fit and healthy is made even easier with the use of specific essential oils. If your goal is to lose weight, be sure to reach for ginger oil, grapefruit oil, cinnamon oil, and/or lemon oil. Ginger oil has been shown to improve digestion and reduce inflammation, which supports your weight loss goals. Grapefruit oil is exceptional for helping efficiently break down fats, and to boost your metabolism.
Additionally, cinnamon oil is fantastic for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, whereas lemon oil works to burn fat in the body. To harness the benefits of these oils, you can either use your desired blend in a diffuser, or you can mix a few drops of your preferred oils with a carrier oil (e.g. coconut oil, almond oil) and apply to the skin.
FOR AN ENERGY BOOST
Feeling a bit sluggish before your morning workout? Want to have even more energy than ever before? No matter what your reason, essential oils can quickly boost your energy levels pre-workout.
Diffusing or topically applying invigorating peppermint oil, orange oil, rosemary oil, lemon oil, and/or grapefruit oil are your best options.
Some specific benefits of each oil are as follows:
peppermint oil improves overall energy levels
orange oil enhances productivity and motivation
rosemary oil is a known stimulant
lemon oil aids focus
grapefruit oil encourages a steady release of energy throughout the body
FOR CLEANING YOUR WORKOUT EQUIPMENT
Did you know that free weights in a gym can have 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat? Or that 70% of the germs found on workout equipment in gyms can be harmful to humans? If you want to stay healthy while working out, it is crucial to disinfect equipment before use. Certain essential oils have been shown to have powerful antibacterial properties.
Use oils such as thyme, peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus to create a potent disinfecting spray. Depending on the oils you choose to use, you can find various spray recipes online or try one of these the next time you use an exercise mat.
ESSENTIAL OILS ARE ESSENTIAL
Improving your fitness and wellness routine is simple when you use the correct essential oils. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, boost your energy levels, or naturally clean workout equipment, there are essential oils that can help you achieve your goals.
Jane is a professional freelance writer and content manager with over 10 years’ experience across many fields.
Her particular interest & passion includes issues relating to fitness and nutrition.
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