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Best Essential Oils For Before & After Activity

By Jo Hunt
Friday, February 23, 2018

You always follow a routine whenever you prepare for a workout. It might include choosing what clothes to wear, what food to eat, which pair of shoes to use, and so on. Before beginning your exercise, make sure to use essential oils to boost your mood and energy! They can also help prepare your muscles for the activity, allowing you to recover faster. You can choose from the following:

Peppermint Essential OilHelps with joint inflammation – Peppermint

“Peppermint has been shown to be a painkiller, and has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antioxidant effects. Those effects are useful for performance, exercise recovery, and health. Just the smell of peppermint has been shown to reduce perceived effort”.

Help burning calories and add to your drinking water – Lemon

Improved respiratory function – Eucalyptus and Breathe

“Inhaling it can support healthy respiratory function.

Prevent the onset of illness – On Guard and black pepper

Don’t let illness get in the way of your workouts!

“The long-term use of antibiotics has resulted in the evolution of multi-drug-resistant bacteria. Research published in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology found that black pepper extract contains anti-virulence properties, meaning it targets bacterial virulence without affecting cell viability, which may be less prone to the development of drug resistance.”

Best Essential Oils For After Activity

After exercise, your muscles will be tired and inflamed. This is normal, but the soreness can hinder you from enjoying the rest of the day. It may even prevent you from exercising again the following morning. Using essential oils on your muscles after each workout can help with the recovery and injury prevention.

You can follow the same method that you have done prior to your workout. Another option is to pour drops of essential oils into your bath containing Epsom salts for faster recovery. When choosing which oils to use, you have to consider the healing qualities of each one of them but here are the best of the best for post-exercise.

Deep Blue Essential Oil BlendFor help with recovery – Deep Blue and Marjoram

“marjoram and deep blue oil can help to reduce the pain associated with colds, fevers, inflammation, overexertion of muscles, toothaches, headaches and numerous other sources.”

Other inflammation fighters: Geranium, German chamomile, juniper, helichrysum, and lavender.

For soothing muscles – Deep Blue or Pine/Fir

“Pine oil is soothing stressed muscles following exercise. And is often added to baths and saunas for mental and emotional fatigue.”

Epsom salt baths & essential oils after exercise:

For your Epsom salt bath with essential oils, simply add 2-3 drops of your preferred oils into a cup of Epsom salts before tossing the mixture into your bath water. Make sure to mix well to dissolve. Soak your tired body for up to 20 minutes for maximum relaxation.

Conclusion

Essential oils have plenty to offer when it comes to relaxation and healing. You can use them to boost your mood and energy levels prior to your workout, and apply them again afterwards to encourage recovery. Exercising is essential to stay fit and healthy, but proper preparation and recovery will help you keep going.

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