Essential Oils for Energy & Motivation to Exercise
By Caryn Gehlmann
I don’t think there’s anyone out there who doesn’t know about the benefits of regular exercise. But it can be hard to find the motivation to do it. Don’t give up! Essential oils can help you find the energy and motivation you need to get off the couch and enjoy all the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of a regular exercise routine!
This summer I was busy training for a local half triathlon at Southern Oregon’s Lake of the Woods Tri-Sport Weekend. It’s one of the highlights of my summer, but finding the energy and motivation to train, especially on hot summer days can be challenging.
I want to share a few of my favorite essential oil blends and single essential oils for energy and motivation that help me and others keep our exercise routines fresh and exciting.
Peppermint essential oil is a great wake-up call if you like to exercise in the morning. It can clear away any mental fog and sluggishness. It’s also great for promoting healthy breathing — which of course is important when exercising!
Application tip: Try misting it on your skin before your workout. Mix 10-40 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting the mist into the eyes.
Feeling a little negative about your workout? For many, lemongrass instantly helps put them in a better frame of mind. It’s also a great essential oil for muscle aches, muscle fatigue, and stiff joints.
Application tip: On your way to your workout, place 2-4 drops of lemongrass essential oil on a cotton ball or tissue. Put it in your pocket (or even your bra) where you can inhale the aroma or tuck into the air vent in your car if you’re driving to the gym.
Rather than reaching for another cup of coffee, which can be dehydrating before a workout, try e3’s Revitalize Blend of essential oils to help you wake up. The bright citrus aromas of mandarin, grapefruit, orange sweet and bergamot create a cheerful blend universally loved.
Application tip: Mix 10-20 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil. Apply to pulse points, such as inner wrists, behind your knees, or the backs of your ankles.
This essential oil blend has a lot of the scents we already mentioned, including citrus and lemongrass, to uplift your spirits, renews your energy, and reminds you of your goals. If you’re working a bit harder than usual with your exercise routine, or perhaps training for an event, this is a great blend to help you stay motivated.
Application tip: Make a chest rub by mixing 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion. Apply to your upper chest and upper back to appreciate the aroma.
It’s hard to get motivated to workout when you have joint pain. But you probably have discovered that “motion is lotion” so you want to keep moving. This conundrum can be addressed with e3’s Joint Relief blend. You can use both before and after exercising, gardening, or other physical activity to ease pain, stimulate circulation, and reduce inflammation.
Application tip: Joint Relief comes as a roll-on which makes for easy, convenient, and safe topical use. Throw it in your purse, pocket, or gym bag and you’ll have it wherever and whenever you need it.
These are my favorite essential oils for energy and motivation that keeps me excited about my workout routine. But of course, everyone is different! I encourage you to experiment with different aromas and pay attention to how your body and spirit respond. Would you like to learn how to “listen” to your nose? We invite you to take advantage of our free gift to you — our ebook, Listen to Your Nose – An Introduction to Aromatherapy. You’ll also receive a coupon for 20% off your first order.