Do you wake up in the morning craving a few Zs? Do you sometimes suffer from the “late afternoon blahs?” There are so many reasons why our energy sometimes tends to lag at key moments in the day: adrenal fatigue, lack of quality sleep, stress, or aspects of a more serious condition can all play a part. Instead of downing that second (or third) cup of coffee, however, why not get energized with essential oils instead? Here is a rundown of our “Top 5” essential oils for energy!
5 of the Best Essential Oils for Energy
Feeling sluggish? Try a drop or 2 of one of these essential oils!
#1. Peppermint – Peppermint (as well as spearmint) has the ability to uplift as well as energize. This is a perfect essential oil to use if you are suffering from mid-afternoon “brain fog” or are just feeling a little blah. It contains high levels of menthol and has been shown to fight chronic fatigue as well as improve concentration. It can also help with the fatigue caused by slow digestion or overeating.
Try this: Rub a few drops of peppermint oil diluted in a carrier oil directly on your temples for instant refreshment! Be careful to keep it away from the eye area.
#2. Lemon – Lemon oil is right up there with peppermint as one of the most uplifting and energizing of all the essential oils. In fact, all citrus oils, including grapefruit and orange, can make this claim. They are often used together as a super-charger in diffusers or applied topically (dilution is recommended).
Citrus oils can elevate the mood and lift the spirits. All citrus oils, and especially lemon oil, contains healing antioxidant terpenes such as limonene. Lemon has also been associated with decreased blood pressure and can help to support a healthy liver − leading to less toxicity and more overall energy for you!
Try this: You probably know that a tall glass of lemon water first thing in the morning can help hydrate and alkalize your body. But did you also know that you can replace that lemon slice with 1-2 drops of high quality food grade lemon essential oil and have the same effect? In fact, using lemon essential oil in your morning water can not only give you a lift for your day but can protect your teeth from enamel damage associated with the acid in lemon juice. Bottoms up!
#3. Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus oil is typically associated with help with respiratory healing but it can also stimulate the brain and improve energy levels. Eucalyptus contains cineole, a substance with documented healing qualities and over 1,000 research studies to its name! Eucalyptus has been shown to support the body when healing from many chronic diseases, including neurological conditions that can affect mood as well as energy levels.
Try this: Eucalyptus oil should never be used internally, but it can make a great diffuser oil if used in small amounts. Simply put a few drops on your diffuser filter and allow the refreshing menthol molecules in eucalyptus to uplift you and anyone who walks in the door.
#4 Rosemary. First of all, rosemary is not just a super-antioxidant; it is a super super-antioxidant. According to the USDA, its ORAC antioxidant capacity is comparitable to goji berries! That fact alone makes it a super anti-inflammatory as well. Like eucalyptus, the effect it can have in supporting a healthy immune response can have profound effects on energy levels.
Studies such as those conducted at the University of Calgary have found direct biological and neurological connections between inflammatory diseases and fatigue responses. Rosemary has also been shown to help improve memory, balance hormone levels, and improve alertness as well.
Try this: Rosemary essential oil is an ideal oil to add to food, especially meats such as grass-fed chicken, for an extra savory experience. Just be sure it is top quality and food grade rosemary essential oil. Always look for the “supplement information” label on any essential oil to know that it can be ingested.
#5. Frankincense – Frankincense is often called the “Holy Grail” of essential oils. Indeed, it was thought to be a holy substance in Biblical times. Today, the ways in which it can help you create balance and vitality in your life are too many to name here! Frankincense’s gift when it comes to lifting energy is in the way it can gently balance the nervous system. Its effect is not as instantly noticeable as peppermint or citrus, but it can be subtly long-lasting.
If you suffer from the lethargy and low energy that often comes with hormonal imbalance or depression, or if you sometimes have bouts of anxiety, then frankincense may just become your “go to” essential oil. Studies have shown that the oil “massages” the limbic system and this can have an effect on soothing the nervous system overall.
Try this: Remember that a little goes a long way when it comes to frankincense. Rub it in diluted form on lymph node areas or use it in a diffuser for gentle invigoration. If you use a food grade frankincense oil internally, one or two drops under the tongue should do the trick to soothe, balance, and uplift your mood.
How to Use Essential Oils
One of the amazing things about using essential oils for health and well-being is the diversity of options for using oils. Whether you breathe in an oil through a diffuser or in facial steam bath, apply it topically, or ingest a food-grade essential oil (which all Organixx Essential Oils are), the beauty of these oils is that their aromatic essence can enter into your system quickly.
Essential oils are comprised of very small particles that are able to break the blood-brain barrier, which is why people have found them so supportive for mental clarity and emotional well-being for centuries.
As a rule, less is more when it comes to how much to use, especially if you are using top quality essential oils. Just 2-3 drops in a diffuser, on key areas of the body (mixed with a carrier oil), or under the tongue can do the trick. Also try Organixx Essential Oils mixed with jojoba or another gentle massage oil for the ultimate in relaxation and invigoration!
Essential oils available from Organixx are among the highest quality essential oils available to consumers. They are made with indigenously sourced plants retrieved from the world’s best sources.
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