Life can be exhausting. Between deadlines at work, family responsibilities and anxiety, sometimes you just need an energy boost.
Aromatherapy has become increasingly popular to combat your moments of fatigue or low-energy. Research shows that aromatherapy affects heart rate, blood pressure, and even your stress levels. Aromatherapy directly influences areas of the brain that make you feel tired and stressed. Additionally, combining the benefits of aromatherapy with the benefits of facial steaming can be a powerful way to energize your body and mind and give yourself a little pick-me-up when you're feeling down.
However you accomplish your aromatherapy, these 8 essential oils will help you to feel focused, energized, and prepared to take on your day.
There’s a reason peppermint is one of the best-selling essential oils. Even just one sniff of this minty scent will leave you feeling rejuvenated. In addition to fighting fatigue, peppermint is used for clear breathing and good digestive health.
Rosemary oil contains cineole, an effective energy boosting agent. In a study done in 2013, 20 healthy adults claimed they felt 30% more mentally refreshed and 25% less drowsy compared to smelling a placebo oil. Rosemary also helps digestion, breathing, and nervous tension.
The smell of cinnamon is normally associated with the holiday season, but its oil is perfect to maintain a healthy immune system and metabolic function. It can immediately boost your energy and mood due to its warm scent. Due to its high content of cinnamaldehyde, it can irritate skin or eyes if directly applied to your skin. Purchase a facial steamer or dilute the cinnamon with a blend of other essential oils that are soothing to the skin.
Lemon is an instant mood booster. It is commonly used in alleviating pain, stimulating the immune system and even to lose weight! When compared to other oils used in aromatherapy, the citrus scent of lemon is very effective in causing an anti-stress effect. Use oil in your cleaning products or on your skin for a natural boost.
5. Sweet Orange
The citrus of Orange is really good at enhancing most essential oils and is used in most energy enhancing blends. The naturally sweet aroma is perfect for deep focus studying and relaxing, but also even just to motivate you to get off the couch and get you in the mood to go do something active! Orange also supports healthy immune function and is a powerful cleanser.
Grapefruit is one of the more popular oils used in aromatherapy because of its natural benefits of stress release and digestion improvement. You can even use grapefruit essential oil to treat oily hair and skin. The powerful citrus kick that the grapefruit provides is just what you need when your energy levels are low to give you a natural pick-me-up.
7. Ginger Root
Ginger root is not as common as other essential oils on this list, but it has a spicy smell similar to cinnamon. Ginger root is mostly known for its power in alleviating nausea, improving digestion and easing migraines. If you feel your focus lagging in the late afternoon, ginger root is just the natural solution to get you up and moving again.
Just because Bergamont is used in massage therapy, does not mean it does not help you conquer fatigue. Bergamot is sourced from the peel of a citrus fruit and is effective in lowering stress and purifying skin.
Recommended oil blends for an extra kick (best used in combination with a facial steamer):
- Orange/Lemon/Peppermint blend
- Peppermint/Rosemary/Orange blend
- Grapefruit/Cinnamon/Lemon/Orange blend
- Lemon/Ginger root blend
- Bergamont/Lemon/Orange/Grapefruit blend