Do you get that afternoon lull after lunchtime? Caffeine is most people’s go-to fix for low energy. Coffee is great but bothers some people’s stomachs.
Caffeine-containing drinks and supplements may make it hard to sleep at night too. Wouldn’t it be great if there was something that gave you energy without bothering your stomach or keeping you awake at night?
Good news! Essential oils are a natural alternative that helps with all sorts of issues, including low energy. Essential oils smell amazing and are easy to use.
Here we’ll take a look at some essential oils for energy and how to use them.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils come from plants. The scent and essence of the plant come through distillation via cold-pressing, steaming, or water.
Oils distilled via a chemical process are not pure essential oils. When using essential oils, use only pure, food-grade oils, especially if you’re ingesting them.
Inhaling the aroma is one of the most common uses of essential oils. This is aromatherapy.
Another method for benefitting from aromatherapy is through the use of a diffuser. Fill the diffuser with water and then add a few drops of essential oil. This diffuses the scent of the oil into the air.
A third way of using essential oils is by ingesting them. Food-grade essential oils are safe for adding to foods or putting in water or other liquids.
Adding a few drops of lemon or peppermint to your drinking water makes it delicious. It also helps with energy.
Who doesn’t love peppermint? It’s the smell of candy canes, mints, and even schnapps!
Peppermint essential oil has some amazing qualities. Peppermint can even cool you off.
The menthol in peppermint that cools you off also energizes and helps with general fatigue. A few drops of peppermint in a diffuser freshens the air and helps with focus and energy.
You can also combine with a carrier oil and put it behind your ears or on the back of your neck.
Citrus oils are a wonderful pick-me-up. The tart, citrusy smell wakes and energizes. People also use grapefruit for improving their mood and boosting their immune systems.
This is another oil that works great in a diffuser or combined with a carrier oil for use on your skin. Try 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil in 6 teaspoons of almond oil applied on your skin for a great-smelling moisturizer.
If grapefruit isn’t your thing, how about orange? It’s another citrusy wake-up call. Some studies show sweet orange enhances exercise performance as well as lung function.
If you’re lacking energy, hold a couple of drops of orange essential oil in your hands. Bring your hands up to your nose and breathe deep, inhaling the scent.
Some people experience fatigue after exercise. Is it possible that essential oils can help? You bet!
At least one study shows several essential oils help reduce exercise-induced fatigue, including clove essential oil. If you love an early afternoon run but hate the fatigue that comes after, try diffusing some clove essential oil after exercising.
You can also put clove oil into almond oil and rub it onto your skin after a shower. This will revive you and moisturize your skin.
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Do you love Earl Gray tea? Ever wonder where the unique flavor profile comes from? It’s from bergamot!
Bergamot is a citrus fruit from the Mediterranean. Although full of vitamins, the oranges are sour so most people won’t eat them fresh.
The fruit is aromatic with a distinct heady flavor and fragrance. One of this fruit’s most noted uses is as the star flavor in Earl Gray tea.
Another great use is in your diffuser to refuel your energy and focus.
Eucalyptus has a bold fragrance that stimulates your mind and body and brings back your energy. This oil also helps relieve anxiety and tension which drain your body of energy.
Eucalyptus is a wonder oil since it helps with coughs and colds too. Is joint pain slowing you down and causing fatigue? Eucalyptus helps.
Try sweet almond or jojoba oil as a carrier for the eucalyptus oil. Rub it all over your body, especially the skin around your joints.
Is your circulation sluggish causing fatigue? Ginger helps with circulation and blood flow which improves brain function. Better blood flow to the brain helps with energy too.
Ginger also helps with muscle fatigue, giving you more energy. Do you have trouble with indigestion and nausea? Ginger is also great bumping up your immune system.
Try a drop of ginger essential oil in a cup of tea or a few drops in a diffuser. Make sure when you’re ingesting essential oils that they’re food-grade oils.
Cinnamon is another essential oil that’s great for boosting your energy. Like ginger, it boosts your circulation and improves blood flow.
Cinnamon also smells great, providing you a quick pick-me-up for your middle-of-the-day doldrums and fatigue.
Mix cinnamon oil in your favorite carrier oil and put a few drops on your wrist. Breathe in the aroma and feel your senses come alive.
Seven Essential Oils for Energy
Try all seven of these essential oils for energy and see which works best for you. From peppermint to cinnamon and everything in between, these oils are a great pick-me-up when you’re feeling low on energy.
Try adding a few drops to your favorite carrier oil and rubbing it on your body so the scent stays with you wherever you go. If you’re in the house, add a few drops to a diffuser and surround yourself with the invigorating scent.
You can even put a few drops in your favorite drink! Whatever method you choose, these oils are sure to energize you.
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