My husband and I, both middle aged (me 40, him 38) have decided to train for a 5K. We are both former collegiate athletes and have mostly stayed in shape since college doing Crossfit, MMA training, tennis, swimming, running and such However, the past three or four years – not so much! Life really got in the way of our fitness and we decided it was time to take it back!! But, the body hasn’t been as willing as the mind! Slowly but surely, we are improving our running and fitness level.
Our son also is an athlete. He plays competitive baseball, football and basketball. And like most athletes, he is looking for an edge as he goes after his goals of playing sports in college. We use oils in a variety of ways on a daily basis, and have begun using oils specifically for our athletic and fitness goals. Now, essential oils for athletes are no magic pill, they do offer amazing support for your goals in a natural way!
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. The compounds protect the plant – they ward off predators, help with pollination & generally keep the plant strong. Those properties also make these oils beneficial to us in a pure & potent form. They are extracted from the plant and distilled into what we know as an essential oil. These oils are 50-70 times more powerful than the plants & herbs themselves!
There are over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds currently identified, the nature of each varies from plant to plant. The specific ratio of aromatic constituents found in an essential oil are what gives it specific benefits., which can vary depending on the time of day, season, geographic location, method and duration of distillation, year grown, and the weather.
This variance is why the essential oil you choose is so important, so that you get the benefits you are looking for. I recommend a therapeutic grade oil that incorporates rigorous testing to ensure purity and potency. I personally use and trust dōTERRA essential oils for this purpose.
Essential Oils for Athletes?
Essential oils can be a great natural tool for athletes. Depending on the essential oil you choose, the benefits include:
- Promoting healthy respiratory function and clear breathing.*
- Immune Support*
- Boost energy & focus
- Reduce muscle & joint discomfort*
- Promote digestive health.*
However, remember that nothing replaces putting in the work in training to achieve your performance, strength, or body comp goals. Essential oils and natural supplements are a natural tool to help support your body to maximize your training.
Top Essential Oils for Athletes
There are quite a few essential oils and related natural supplements that support many different areas of training and athletic performance, I’ll go over the top essential oils for athletes. These are especially great for athletes with endurance goals (runners and triathletes) and anyone involved in regular strength training & outdoor activities.
I use peppermint essential oil almost daily. Each drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. In a study published in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, subjects used .05ml of peppermint oil in a drink, consumed each day for ten consecutive days. At the end of the study, the total work performed by the test subjects was increased by 51% and their time to exhaustion increased by about 25%.
- Deep Blue
The Deep Blue oil and rub are amazing on sore muscles after a hard workout. It provides a comforting sensation of cooling and warmth to problem areas. The Deep Blue rub is also the choice of massage therapists and sports practitioners – including NCAA Division I sports teams. I apply it both before and after running and it helps with keeping my legs loose and then with soreness afterwards! It’s great for bruises, sprains and strains too!
- On Guard
No one likes to get sick, but it’s especially important to pay attention to immune support for athletes. Intense training takes a toll on the immune system, so extra support can be the difference between getting sick or not. doTERRA On Guard is actually a blend of several different essential oils, which creates an effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support.*
Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities, lavender also helps reduce anxious feelings.* This can be great before a hard workout or the night before a stressful event! Rest is so important for athletic performance – don’t neglect this area of your training!
This is another blend of several essential oils, which helps maintain feelings of clear airways and easy breathing. I found this to be a great blend for outdoor adventures, as I apply it before my runs in the hot North Carolina summer. The feeling of open airways at is always great when working hard.
- Wild Orange
Have you ever wanted a boost of extra energy to get going or stay motivated? You can diffuse this essential oil for an energizing and revitalizing aroma before and during a workout. In addition, it contains powerful antioxidants* and can be added to your water to support a healthy immune system.*
If you’re already drinking hot lemon water each morning, you’re going to love the added benefits of lemon oil. Squeezing lemon into the water gives us the benefits of the fruit, by adding lemon essential oil you get the potent benefits from cold-pressing the lemon peel.
Lemon essential oil naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion.* If you have a sensitive stomach, this is a great way to calm a nervous stomach. In addition, it also supports healthy respiratory function.* If your sport or passion takes you outdoors, lemon essential oil also assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
For more information on essential oils for athletes or how to order your doTERRA athletes kit; visit http://www.mydoterra.com/beehappyessentials or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org