I need to praise the power of Mother Nature as she has given us everything we need on this planet to thrive. Essential oils are the immune system of the plant and are considered to be mankind’s first medicine. Essential oils are the aromatic volatile oils coming from plants or plant parts (roots, leaves, flowers, seeds, resin, shrubs, and more) penetrating our cells to increase oxygen uptake, improve absorption of nutrients, enhance longevity, and help your body to detoxify. Usage includes applying topically, inhalation, or as a dietary supplement. All of the body’s systems can benefit from using essential oils.
The athlete can benefit from the use of therapeutic grade essential oils as there are no side effects that pharmaceuticals have. Essential oils, “the life blood of the plant,” can help in bringing balance to the body systems disrupted from travel (such as digestion, sleep), overuse injury and inflammation, and a variety of stressors.
Athletes are constantly dealing with bumps, bruises, and managing all sorts of acute injuries on a daily basis. Recovery is the name of the game and maximizing recovery time is necessary to consistently maintain an elite level of performance. Incorporating therapeutic grade essential oils into your lifestyle will bring nothing but positive results. Some of these oils have the power to help relieve inflammation and pain when applied topically with a carrier oil like jojoba, olive, hemp or coconut, when applied neat (undiluted). Other essential oils, when inhaled, have positive psychological effects that can help manage stress, anxiety and even depression while other oils help you sleep. These oils are very potent and concentrated plant matter that can help anyone, especially the athlete. See the list of therapeutic grade essential oils below and their functions. Note that many specific oils can be used for many different conditions.
Copaiba Thyme Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree)
Lavender Peppermint Roman Chamomile
Nutmeg Wintergreen Clove
Lavender Cedarwood Vetiver
Valerian Roman Chamomile Sandalwood
Marjoram Orange Grapefruit
Peppermint Lemon Lemongrass
Ginger Anise Tangerine
Fennel Spearmint Clove
Lavender Roman Chamomile Sandalwood
Frankincense Basil Bergamot
Lemon Grapefruit Ginger
Peppermint Vetiver Helichrysum
Clove Wintergreen Copaiba
Idaho Balsam Fir Lemon Lavender
Muscles and Bones:
Basil Peppermint Lemongrass