. . . These 5 Essential Oils
Have you seen all the hype about Essential Oils (EOs) and wondered if it could boost your running? Maybe. There are many Essential Oils that can soothe sore muscles, reduce anxiety, and help you get a better night’s sleep.
Buy your oils from a reputable source. Sadly there really is no regulation of EOs. As you can see, so far I’ve been buying mine from DoTerra. I signed up for a Wholesale Account, and that gives me a discounts on the oils I buy. The good news is that small bottle goes a long way!
Disclaimer: I am not an aromatherapist or medical professional. Some EOs are not appropriate for everyone (or animals!). Please do your due diligence before using Essential Oils.
Do not put EOs “neat”, or undiluted, on your skin. You need to mix them with a carrier oil because they can irritate your skin if they are not diluted, or sometimes cause sun sensitivty.
The two easiest ways to use EOs is to diffuse them in your home (add them to water and then the diffuser diffuses the EOs mixed with water into your living space) and as an inhaler.
You can buy inhalers for EOs on Amazon. They’re inexpensive and small enough to fit in a pocket on the run. It’s a small metal capsule with a thick cotton wick inside, and holes so that you can open it up and take a sniff. Just soak the cotton wick, put it back inside, and inhale as needed.
You don’t have to invest in a lot of EOs to begin with, and they last a long time. My personal suggestion if you want to give EOs a whirl is to start with these four:
- Lemon (lemon didn’t make this post, but I use it all the time!)
- Tea tree (also didn’t make this post, but has so many uses)
Want some pep in your step? Then peppermint is your friend! Also helps with:
- Muscle soreness
- Tricks the brain into thinking you’re not working so hard
- Roll some peppermint on your feet to put some pep in your step
- Nausea relief
- Bug Repellent
I think most of use have heard of using lavender for sleep. Having something in your tool kit before a big race to help you relax is important. I actually use lavender oil before I go to bed every night. I use a roller ball, and I roll it on my temples (if they’re feeling tight), the back of my neck, and the soles of my feet.
Lavender is great for many other things that plague runners:
- Muscle soreness
- Reduce Allergies
- Helps relieve anxiety
- Helps relieve headaches
I mix lavender and peppermint together with a carrier oil, then apply to my feet in the mornings. Remember, peppermint peps you up, while lavender relaxes you — put together they can help soothe and pep up tired feet (or any other muscle soreness you may be experiencing).
Diffuse equal parts peppermint, lavender, and lemon to help with seasonal allergies.
Eucalyptus is well known for its ability to help you breathe easier (Vick’s Vapo rub, anyone?). It’s great pre-race, and in the days leading up to a race because:
- It’s anti-inflammatory
- Helps support respiratory health
Unfortunately, Eucalyptus is highly toxic to dogs.
Although I have Rosemary EO, it’s not one I reach for often. Researching its many benefits, though, maybe I should! I do use it in an inhaler along with peppermint and lemon — when I start feeling tired on the run I will inhale this during a walk break.
- Reduces stress levels
- Reduces mental fatigue
- Reduces muscle soreness
- Reduces tissue inflammation
- Bug Repellent
- Benefits memory
- May stimulate hair growth
I once made the mistake of diffusing vetiver (and another EO) on a long drive. Somehow it got stuck in my mind that Vetiver is good for focus. Oops! It’s actually yet another EO that is good for sleep. Yes, I actually did feel sleepier than normal on my drive back!
- Bug Repellant — especially ticks that carry Lyme Disease (I use this often on hikes)
- Reduces Anxiety
- Helps promote restful sleep
This is not an in depth study of EOs, obviously. You may find other EOs more helpful to your running (or life). It’s just a quick introduction to how EOs can support your running.
Do you already use Essential Oils?
Which EOs are your favorites (doesn’t have to be running-related)?
What do you use for muscle soreness? DoTerra’s Deep Blue Rub is another favorite of mine. I use it when I get shots I know will leave my arm sore — it helps a lot!