They can completely recharge your entire day…
Let’s face it. Life is exhausting. What with the demands of our families, pressures at work and a better half who snores, it’s not surprising that we find it a struggle to get out of bed some mornings, or regularly hit a mid-afternoon energy slump. And then wonder why we are always feeling so tired…
There’s no one quick fix for instantly increasing your energy levels - your diet, exercise program, stress levels, sleeping patterns, emotional state, and even medications - can all play a part. But there is one often overlooked player that can be of enormous help in boosting your energy - essential oil.
A big plus is that essential oils get to work immediately. One whiff, and within seconds you will feel the difference. These little powerhouses of energy can quickly calm you down and soothe your ragged nerves, and then lift you up and refocus your mind.
Different oils will give you different benefits. You can kickstart your day with enthusiasm, reduce energy-sapping stress when the pressure becomes too much, or opt for a quick pick-me-up when you need to be more alert and focussed. And by helping you sleep better, essential oils make you feel more energized the next morning.
So, when tiredness and fatigue become overwhelming and you’re in desperate need of a quick energy boost, here’s how essential oils (and a few other tips) can improve your day…
ENERGY BOOSTING ESSENTIAL OILS:
Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon
Your alarm went off way ‘too early’ this morning. You could have easily had just one more hour of sleep. So you hit the snooze button to grab a few more minutes of shut-eye. Only to be rudely awakened 10 minutes later feeling worse than when you first woke up.
Little did you know that the snooze button is a big energy-zapper. Those extra few minutes are not enough time to get any restorative sleep, so it’s best to get up right away when the alarm clock rings (note for tomorrow morning).
In the meantime, you’re feeling like a zombie, with zero motivation to get going. Step one: drag yourself out of bed. Step two: blast yourself with a cold shower. Step three: inhale an energy boosting essential oil to lift your mood and give you the oomph you need to get-up-and-go.
Wild Orange Essential Oil:
Uplifting to mind and body, refreshing, invigorating, encourages creativity, promotes a positive mood.
Grapefruit Essential Oil:
Uplifting, refreshes your mind, relief from mental fatigue, boosts mood, invigorating.
Lemon Essential Oil:
Invigorating, clears your head, enhances mood, warming, promotes energy and alertness.
Inhaling an essential oil is by far the most effective way to get it working quickly – either a quick sniff out of the bottle, or sprinkle a few drops on a cotton ball for a quick whiff and go. If you’re not partial to cold showers and opt for warmer water, you can also sprinkle a few drops on the sides of the floor (or wall) to envelope yourself in the stimulating aroma.
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ESSENTIAL OILS THAT PROMOTE DEEP SLEEP:
Lavender, Chamomile, Frankincense
A good night’s sleep is an enormous part of feeling energized during the day. Your body and mind use all that valuable snooze-time to re-energize and rejuvenate so you can bounce back with renewed energy and alertness the next morning. But what happens if you struggle to fall asleep? Or you’ve been tossing and turning all night?
The first stop is to check those all-important sleep hygiene habits. Create a sleep sanctuary - darken the room, keep the temperature between 60-67 degrees, ban all electronics (blue light stimulates the brain), and kick out the cat. And aim for a solid 7-8 hours snooze. Just know that if your partner is a restless sleeper or sets the alarm before you, you may not be completing the sleep cycle you need. So, if it’s realistic, they may need to go the same way as the cat (even if only for a while). Otherwise preserve your sleep (and sanity) by using separate blankets and renegotiating your wake-up time.
The last stop on your way to sleep heaven is inhaling an essential oil to help you relax and unwind before you quickly drift off into dreamland.
Lavender Essential Oil:
Sleep-inducing queen of essential oils, calming, balancing, sedative, promotes a sense of well-being.
Chamomile Essential Oil:
Calms nerves and restlessness, relaxing, tranquilizing, soothes emotions, eases frustrations, improves inner harmony.
Frankincense Essential Oil:
Relieves irritability, eases stress, balances emotions, grounding, creates inner peace.
Make a warm bath infused with 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil or lavender bath salts part of your go-to-sleep routine. Or diffuse one, two or a mix of all three of these essential oils for an hour before you go to bed. Otherwise, simply spray your pillows with a lavender linen spray to help you nod off quickly.
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ESSENTIAL OILS TO SHARPEN THE MIND:
Rosemary, Peppermint, Sweet Basil, Eucalyptus
You’ve reached 7pm and are feeling physically exhausted. You are snappish and irritable, and your mind is all over the place. And you’ve forgotten where you left the car keys. You haven’t run a marathon. Your day hasn’t even been that stressful. You’ve just had a very full and busy schedule. And all you want to do is curl up in front of the TV with a glass of wine…
The physical tiredness you feel at the end of the day has more to do with mental exhaustion than anything else - when you find you’re totally unable to focus and concentrate. Mental fatigue hits us when the sheer volume of tasks and activities we’ve taken on exceeds our ability to handle it all. Too much to do in not enough time. Too many decisions, distractions, and demands. With no time to stop and take a breather.
Except it only takes a moment in the midst of your busy day to sniff an essential oil and quickly sharpen your thoughts to bring back that much needed clarity and mental energy.
Rosemary Essential Oil:
Ultimate brain booster, mental clarity, alertness, rejuvenating, stimulates memory and attention, relieves stress, instant mood uplifter.
Peppermint Essential Oil:
Invigorating to mind, body and soul, stimulating, motivating, improves alertness and concentration, energy booster.
Sweet Basil Essential Oil:
Expansive, energizing, uplifting, mood changer, sharpens the senses, relieves nervous exhaustion.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil:
Rejuvenating, invigorating, mind stimulator, improves focus, stress reliever, increases mental clarity, boosts energy.
Taking a huge whiff out of the bottle would be enough to help you sharpen your focus and see things more clearly. Or rub 2 to 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil into your palms and then take a deep breath. You can also try dabbing a few drops on your wrists when you find your energy lagging. Otherwise add a few drops to a steam diffuser whenever you feel things are getting out of control.
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ESSENTIAL OILS TO RELIEVE STRESS:
Lavender, Rose, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang
Do you have kids? And what about a job? Or both? Then it’s a sure-fire thing that at some stage you’ve had a whole bunch of worries - and the stress and anxiety that goes with it. There’s always something going on, coming up, or that constant chatter in your head about what you should be doing - but never seem to get to. We live our lives at such a dizzying pace, it’s no wonder that we collapse with exhaustion at the end of each day.
Stress is inevitable. But how we react to it is not. The next time you feel a mini panic attack coming on, just take a few deep breaths. While this may sound like one of those boring clichés, it turns out that there’s a whole lot of science behind it. Most of us feel overwhelmed and drained of energy because we’re not breathing deeply enough. And this means that not enough oxygen is flowing through the body and the brain. So taking those deep breaths is directly connected to feeling more vital, grounded and in control.
And when deep breaths are combined with calming essential oils known to quieten your mind and slow down that rush you are feeling, you can quickly de-stress, soothe those nerves and restore your get-up-and-go.
Lavender Essential Oil:
Calming and relaxing, promotes inner peace, reduces stress, soothes restlessness, irritability and panic attacks.
Rose Essential Oil:
Sense of peace, tranquillity, well-being, boosts self-esteem, promotes feelings of joy and hope.
Bergamot Essential Oil:
Refreshing, uplifting, eases fatigue, stress relief, reduces worries and despair, boosts energy and mood.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil:
Promotes relaxation, soothes fearfulness, sense of calm, sedative, encourages cheerfulness, courage, optimism.
Inhaling is especially good if you are freaking out as it’s the fastest way to get into your system. For full body relaxation, rub a couple of drops of oil into your feet as well as your wrists when you find your stress levels rising. Or if a tension headache has hit, rub 1 to 2 drops of lavender essential oil into your temples. And for the ultimate in stress release, grab a lavender infused massage oil and opt for a restoring body rub and feel your energy surge.
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Mental and physical exhaustion are the ultimate energy-zappers. But tapping into the incredible power of essential oils all day long can have an enormous impact on your mind and body when you are feeling dog-tired and drained.
A quick whiff and you can have an energetic start to your day, banish overwhelm and refocus your mind, bust that debilitating stress, and re-energize your body and brain after a good night’s sleep. Essential oils can make all the difference between being exhausted and disorientated and a productive, energy-filled day.
Find it difficult to believe? Just try sniffing some peppermint oil - it’ll instantly perk you up!
If your fatigue is serious and persists you should get it checked out by your doctor. It could be a sign of an underlying, but treatable, heath condition like anemia, thyroid hormone dysfunction or a gastrointestinal disorder.
There's a difference between an essential oil or simply an oil, which is basically a perfume. If a label does not clearly state that it is an 'essential oil,' then it is not a pure oil and should not be used as suggested.