4 Ways Essential Oils Can Help Your Workout
You may already use essential oils when you’re feeling anxious or have a cold, but it turns out that keeping them in your gym bag is just as good of an idea as keeping them in your home. A few drops might be exactly what you need to get in more reps, beat your personal best runtime, or even make it to the gym. Why?
Since essential oils come from living things—plants, trees, and flowers—they actually have a lot of the same electrolytes as humans. Here are 5 ways essential oils can help with your workout plan.
1. Make Workouts Actually Happen
Sometimes we have to make time for working out, and that time could be before or after a long day of work. If you feel tired or lazy, you can use an essential oil to help motivate you. Citrus oils (Grapefruit, Lemon, Tangerine, or Orange) can help you feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and energized — perfect for a pre-workout boost. Essential oils take about 30 minutes to fully be absorbed into the body, so put on a few drops at least an hour before heading to your workout
2. Soothe Sore Muscles
Since essential oils are absorbed deep into the tissue they’re amazing for alleviating aches and pains. “Eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender are all good for that. They soothe the muscles by going in and actually relaxing the nerve impulse—and some essential oils, like capsaicin, can literally stop the pain signal.
3. Better Lung Function
As you workout, your breathing quickens as the workout intensifies. Roll-on Eucalyptus or Peppermint essential oil to clear nasal passages, giving you a breath of fresh air.
4. Go Harder
When people think of essential oils, often the calming ones are the first to come to mind—soothing scents like lavender or chamomile. But don’t be fooled—the right one can transform you into beast mode. In one study, 10 athletes used peppermint essential oil for 10 consecutive days. Even just one day into the experiment, they had increased oxygen and blood flow—and they PR’d on the treadmill, running faster than before.