Are you exhausted? Maybe you wake up in the morning a fog, turning to stimulants like coffee to boost your focus. Maybe you hit an afternoon slump at work, finding it harder and harder to push through your projects. Maybe you come home after work wanting nothing more than to collapse on the couch and turn on the TV.
Our energy naturally fluctuates throughout the day, but sometimes the energy “valleys” are almost unbearably low. Many factors affect our energy levels, from a high stress lifestyle draining it away to our exercise habits (or lack thereof).
The healthier we are with our diet and exercise and sleep, the more energy we will enjoy throughout the day.
Beyond implementing healthy habits into your life, you can use natural remedies to boost your energy and improve your alertness. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel rejuvenated rather than run down throughout the day? Essential oils can help!
What Essential Oils Are
Essential oils are liquids made from natural extracts like flowers, grasses, and fruits. There are hundreds of types of essential oils from chamomile to mint. Each one brings a unique aroma and unique benefits. Some oils are used for aromatherapy, some for cleaning, and others for health remedies (like soothing a sore throat).
The active chemicals in the essential oils can enter our bodies in three ways.
First, we can ingest the essential oil, such as pouring a few drops into a glass of water. There are some health concerns about ingestion that you should be aware of before using this method.
Second, we can apply the essential oil to our skin, which allows the fat soluble properties of the oil to be absorbed into the body. This usually takes about ten minutes. Some people can experience an allergic reaction, so it is important to know whether you are allergic to the oil before using.
Third, we can inhale the molecules of the essential oil so that they enter through our respiratory system and affect things like blood pressure and hormone balance.
Once the active chemicals enter our body, they get straight to work. Some oils are meant to calm us down while other oils are meant to invigorate us. Some tackle ailments as an over the counter remedy replacement while others work as ailment prevention.
Essential oils are a powerful natural tool to implement into your life. The uses go on and on, but today we are going to focus on using them for improved energy.
Essential Oils for Energy
Essential oils are powerful tools at waking us up and improving our energy. A number of great energy boosting oils are out there, but I’ve rounded up my favorite seven.
Some are meant to prevent exhaustion by prevent energy-sucking stress. Others are meant to help recoup after you feel drained. Play around with different types and methods to see which work best for you.
Basil helps boost energy by tackling stress.
Stress damages the body in many ways, including draining away our energy. By fighting stress, we can reduce its negative energy-sucking impact on our body. One powerful tool against stress is adaptogens.
Basil also causes an interaction within our brain, stimulating the regulation of hormones that help us feel energetic. It also works to fight fatigue and clear our minds. It’s a power packed little herb!
After being the staple for koalas, eucalyptus is probably best known for its cooling effect. Many store bought products use eucalyptus, such as creams to soothe sun burns or cough drops to soothe scratchy throats. Eucalyptus provides a gentle cooling effect in our body, which can help when we are low on energy.
Eucalyptus, with its cooling effect, helps stimulate our brain, reduce mental fog, and even increase blood flow to the brain. It helps wake us up and get us ready to tackle the project at hand.
Citrus scents are great at reinvigorating our senses. The oil can lower our blood pressure and improve blood circulation, which both help fight stress and increase alertness.
Peppermint oil has been used for over 200 years in ancient civilizations like Rome and Egypt in several different uses. It contains menthol, which is what gives the cooling sensation that is quite energizing.
Some people even find peppermint oil helps with issues like chronic fatigue syndrome and ADHD in terms of improving concentration and focus.
Ginger is a strong smelling scent that energizes those who encounter it. Ginger helps refresh your mind and stimulate your circulatory system, both of which help wake you up.
Lavender oil is one of the most commonly used scents in relaxing aromatherapy. In fact, some therapists even perfume their rooms with this oil to help patients feel more relaxed and at ease.
Lavender oil is full of many chemical compounds including esters, which help calm our senses. The oil can help with many issues contributing to low energy.
If you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep, your energy will suffer the next day. Lavender oil can help fight insomnia and nurture a good night’s sleep. Different studies show sleep is improved by using lavender oil.
Lavender also helps fight stress and anxiety, both of which pull from our store of energy throughout the day.
Rosemary oil works to improve your mental clarity and concentration.
Rosemary also is a great tool in stress relief. One study found smelling rosemary helps reduce cortisol levels (the hormone released in our panicked fight or flight mode). Reducing cortisol helps protect our body from the damaging effects of chronic stress.
Integrating Essential Oils Into Your Life
You can play around with different essential oils to see which work best for you. I’m a big believer in “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” so I prefer to use essential oils that prevent stress and fatigue before they occur and drain my energy. While I work, for example, I often set out lavender oil to diffuse throughout my workspace.
You can choose between the three common ways of using essential oils: oral, topical, and aromatic. Again, I encourage you against ingesting essential oils because of the health concerns.
For topical applications, you need two things to fall into place. First, the essential oil needs to be suitable for topical application (not all are, so be sure to check). Second, you need to use a carrier oil.
Carrier oils work with the essential oil for safe application, helping to prevent issues like skin irritation.
You can use a number of methods to apply the oil topically. Place a few drops of the essential oil and carrier oil into a natural shaving foam to add some energy to your morning routine. Massage the oil onto your hands, neck, or chest. Dab the oil behind your ears for a calming effect.
There is a special tool for aromatic applications known as diffusers. These help get the essential oil into the air around you, making it easy to inhale the molecules and feel the effects.
If you do not want to pay for a diffuser, you can place a few drops of the oil onto a cotton ball or tissue. Set it near your workspace or somewhere in your living area where you can smell it over and over.
You can also make an air freshener out of essential oils. Mix the oil and water into a spray bottle. Spray the essential oil throughout your room or onto your bed sheets (just be sure the oil will not dye your sheets first).
Finding Essential Oils
Many different places carry essential oils. Check your local grocery store, pharmacy, or natural store to see if they carry different options. If you enjoy online shopping, you can find a grand selection of scents.
Here at Backdoor Survival, we have two kits we love to suggest to newbies! If you want a smaller set, try the Essential 4 Pack. This comes with classics like lemon oil.
For a larger option, try the Health and Wellness Kit. This includes more options, including helpful energy boosters like lemon oil.
If you choose to buy either option, make sure you enter in the code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” for a 10% discount on your order.
Boosting your energy is just one of the many uses for essential oils. You can use essential oils as natural cleaners, illness fighters, and more! Check out our Pinterest board for tons of other suggestions and uses for this powerful all natural tool.
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Madison is a freelance writer and digital marketer passionate about health and survival. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her testing out new health strategies or studying up on survival techniques.
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