How Essential Oils Can Help You Stay Energetic Whole Day
A lack of energy, or fatigue (chronic tiredness), can be an unfortunate side effect of our busy modern lives, and we sometimes need a bit of extra energy to deal with stressful situations, or to be successful in more mentally or physically challenging endeavours. When we are placing increasing mental, emotional, and physical demands on ourselves and our bodies, we can sometimes find that we are ‘running on empty’. Whilst good nutrition and adequate rest are of course essential, we can still sometimes find ourselves growing tired throughout the day, and some individuals suffer from a more persistent or chronic lack of energy, or fatigue. Certain essential oils used in aromatherapy applications can be excellent natural ways to boost energy, and are easily integrated into everyday life and practice.
How Essential Oils Can Help
It is important to remember that essential oils cannot replace or be used as a substitute for true bodily energy, which can only be supplied through food and rest. However, there are several common essential oils and essential oil blends that can support and stimulate adrenal glands; this is where cortisol is produced, which essential to a balanced is sleeping and waking cycle, and enables the generation of energy from food.
Essential oils blends used to help restore depleted adrenal glands (particularly effective is an equal blend of pine (pinus) and spruce, diluted in carrier oil) should be applied to the area of the kidney, so that it is absorbed in the adrenal gland region. One good technique is to mix a ‘morning blend’ of essential oils for use in aromatherapy – some people use this in place of drinking caffeine, as a much healthier way to give them a bit of a boost to start their day. In many people, strengthened adrenal function through the application of essential oils can reduce or entirely overcome their reliance on artificial energy sources, such as coffee and/or energy drinks.
Which Ones to Try?
Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus), one of the oldest natural medicinal substances known to man, and a traditional Australian folk remedy that is still widely used today, all across the globe, has a pleasant, stimulating, and bright aroma. Eucalyptus can be diffused, added to a humidifier or steam inhaler, or applied topically. When inhaled, it is known to provide energy far more quickly and effectively than caffeine.
Eucalyptus does have a very strong scent, which will tend to dominate in essential oil blends, but if menthol scents aren’t your preference, there are a number of other essential oils that also act as invigorators. Cardamom (elettaria cardamomum) oil, rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) oil, juniper (juniperus) oil, and lemongrass (cymbopogon) oil all help to stimulate locus ceruleus of the brain, encouraging the secretion of noradrenaline, thus increasing energy. Perhaps after your morning shower you could try a body oil or lotion containing peppermint (mentha piperita) and cedarwood (juniperus virginiana), for a boost of mental and physical energy. Inhalation of bergamot (citrus bergamia) oil has also been shown to reduce stress, fatigue, and anxiety, which are commonly interrelated.
If massage is your preferred aromatherapy practice, a combination of basil (Ocimum basilicum) oil and black pepper (piper nigrum) oil is particularly effective for relieving fatigue. Where mental fatigue is an issue, basil oil can also be inhaled, or applied topically to the forehead. Sage (salvia officinalis) and rosemary have also been found to have similar effects, as both are mental stimulants, and aid clarity, motivation, and focus.
Tiredness can also be caused by hormonal imbalances, so essential oils that act as hormone regulators, by stimulating the hypothalamus, may also help to combat fatigue and overcome a lack of energy. Regulator essential oils include bergamot, frankincense (boswellia), neroli (citrus aurantium), rosewood (dalbergia nigra), and geranium (pelargonium).
Always Get Enough Rest!
Ultimately, though, whilst energy can be boosted using essential oils in daily life, a persistent lack of energy or fatigue can only be remedied by sufficient nutrition and sleep, and a doctor’s advice should always be sought to ensure there is no underlying condition. To aid a restful and rejuvenating night’s sleep, which is the most effective means of increasing energy levels, try an essential oil blend that includes oils that have a sedative effect, such as chamomile (matricaria chamomilla), orange blossom (citrus sinensis), or lavender (Lavandula) oil, to stimulate the release of serotonin, enabling you to relax and restore.
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