Have you ever had a subtle whiff of something and found yourself feeling more awake, more positive, or even excited? The power of scent is often overlooked, but is continually receiving more attention thanks to essential oils and their growing popularity. However, essential oils come in handy for a lot more than freshening up a room, in fact they might freshen up your morning or sluggish 3:00pm slump by providing a healthy, natural energy boost.
Besides the benefit of the smell alone, many essential oils have healing properties that stimulate the body, creating a sort of head-to-toe vibrancy extravaganza. Ease your reliance on caffeine drinks or get some quick fatigue relief with these five energy-promoting essential oils and suggestions on how to use them to rev up your day (some of them may surprise you!).
The scent of grapefruit is especially beneficial in the mornings, which is why it is seen included in products such as body washes and scrubs. The zingy aroma is both unexpected (stimulating the brain) and highly activating of the skin, the perfect addition to your morning routine.
Besides the kick that you may need to get skipping in the early hours, grapefruit oil is also believed to enhance concentration and improve mood. This comes from the aroma and its stimulating effects on certain hormones that uplift the mind.
To Use: Enjoy grapefruit in the morning by using it in a lukewarm shower. Add 10 drops to a natural, scent-free body wash and apply liberally to skin. Or, for a highly refreshing and gentle body scrub, add 6 drops to a cup of baking soda and use as an exfoliant during your shower 3-4 times a week.
Peppermint oil is effective in providing a boost because of the way it stimulates multiple senses, thus causing your body to come more fully awake. The highly concentrated oil extracted from plants has a natural energizing impact on the entire system. It is strongly believed to have a particularly high influence on concentration and to aid in prepping the body and mind for exercise.
Besides giving you that energy boost before your workout, peppermint oil is also useful for sinus relief and digestion. It’s a must-have for your essential oil collection.
To Use: Peppermint oil is one that might be best utilized by inhaling directly. I recommend simply opening the bottle and giving it a light sniff. Alternatively, if using high-grade, organic oil, try mixing it in your favorite morning smoothie or post-lunch water bottle. Always check each individual bottle to ensure that the oil is safe for digesting.
While many think of more commonly used oils such as lavender for energy, lemon may be more effective. Essential oil experts sing praises about its ability to improve concentration, lift the spirit, and improve mood.
When consumed or applied topically it is also known to relieve the body of toxins, thus providing a full-body pick-me-up. It is among the more economical oils on the market to toss in your bag and keep handy.
To Use: Lemon is one of the most versatile oils and works well in blends and in almost all popular applications. For an instant pick-me-up, place 2 drops on your hands, rub together, and enjoy. It is also particularly refreshing when added to a foot bath at the end of a long day.
Kick the caffeine by enjoying coffee in its concentrated form, or at least as an occasional alternative to the afternoon latte. Coffee is one of the most recognizable scents in the world because of its smell that is so highly potent that many stimulating benefits can be derived by use of the oil on its own.
Just like coffee itself, coffee oil is loaded with antioxidants. Take away the fat and sugar that many people add when drinking coffee, and the benefits may be even greater when utilizing the oil instead. It is also believed to relieve muscle pain and inflammation.
To Use: Because it is highly concentrated, coffee oil should never be ingested or applied directly to the skin. Instead, try using it in a homemade sugar scrub that the entire family can enjoy, or inhale directly from the bottle.
Although most well known for treating nausea, the extracted oil of a ginger plant is also highly effective as a full-body rejuvenator. While the root may be just what your digestive system needs, the oil might be the elixir your mind is craving. Known to aid in feelings of confidence and ward off loneliness, you may find this oil unlocking potential you never considered.
Not quite convinced? Did you know that ginger is considered an aphrodisiac? It’s mentioned as far back as the Kama Sutra for it’s amor-aiding properties.
To Use: most people find that because of its strong smell ginger works well in a blend, particularly with citrus oils. Try mixing a few drops with some grapefruit or lime oil in a diffuser or homemade essential oil spray. Use in the morning hours for a refreshing, uplifting boost.
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Janice Formichella is a freelance writer, proofreader, and break-up coach living in Melbourne, Australia. Originally from Arizona, she enjoys women’s history, outdoor fitness, and a great green smoothie. You can follow her on Instagram at Janiceonthemove or read about her working from home adventures at JaniceFormichella.com.
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