A couple weekends ago I competed in my first 10K trail race. It was also my first time ever running 10K at all. While I’ve been enjoying running 5K every week with a local run club and I workout 6 days a week, I was not prepared for this 10K race with its significant elevation gain. I did it! But I was definitely feeling the repercussions for the following week. Thankfully I’ve got my supply of essential oils to provide as much relief as possible.
That’s not all essential oils are good for either. Anyone who is physically active can gain many benefits from different essential oils for all sorts of fitness-related issues. I have put together this list of common athletic complaints alongside the corresponding essential oils. These are the best essential oils for fitness enthusiasts to remedy their troubles and how to use them.
Essential oils for fitness enthusiasts to…
Ease aches and pains – chamomile, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, rosemary
Relieve muscle cramps and stiffness – lavender, rosemary
Treat sprains and strains – chamomile, lavender
Heal bruises – arnica (cream), fennel, lavender
Combat fatigue and increase energy – patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, sage, spearmint, vetiver
Reduce excessive perspiration – cypress
Treat athlete’s foot – lavender, tea tree
Deodorize workout clothes, gym bags, and running shoes – clove, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, tea tree
Methods of Use
Topically – about 7-25 drops of essential oil to 25 mL of carrier oil for massage oil, add 5-10 drops into water for a bath, or make a compress by adding 5 drops to 1 cup water, soaking and ringing out a cloth, and placing that cloth onto the affected area
Inhalation – just for fatigue – put into the air with a diffuser, use the simple buddha’s breath method
Safety note: Children between 6 and 12 years old should use half the essential oil as for adults. Teenagers over 12 can use the regular adult concentration.
What essential oils do you use as a physical active person? Who else should I cover in this “Essential Oils for” series?