The athlete in all of us embraces the eternal quest for optimum performance—walking that extra mile, pressing another set of squats, or holding a Warrior II pose longer than last class. Essential oils can stimulate energy pre-workout or help you relax after a challenging session. Here are 3 ways to use aromatherapy for pre-workout energy, post-workout muscle soreness, and water weight gain. We’ve included our favorite DIY recipes too!
1. Energy-Boosting Oils
For an energizing blend (and great workout motivator!), start with essential oil of grapefruit (Citrus paradisii), which has a subtle sweetness that belies its powerful metabolism-boosting properties. Then add mood-brightener and immunity builder lemon (Citrus limonum) and invigorating peppermint (Mentha piperita); the latter offers natural compounds that support respiratory functions. In addition to opening airways for maximum oxygen exchange, peppermint’s refreshing scent has also been proven to reduce perceived effort while exercising and will help you eke out a few more reps.