Did you know that essential oils may help to improve your athletic performance? Research shows that peppermint oil may improve athletic performance, such as improved hand grip, vertical jump, standing long jump, visual and auditory reaction time, heart rate variability, as well as lung capacity and blood lactate. Inhalation of peppermint oil has also been shown to improve quarter-mile run time and push-up performance. In addition, peppermint oil may also improve GI health and the immune system.
There are also some amazing blends, such as PanAway and Deep Relief, that can be applied topically to help soothe sore muscles and joints. Copaiba oil also has some strong anti-inflammatory properties that can help with joint pain. Essential oils also have the ability to enhance and promote specific emotions – if you need some extra motivation during your training, or if you need a hit of energy or positivity, essential oils could help you get to where you emotionally and psychologically need to be in order to really achieve your goals.
Essential oils can also assist your health and wellbeing outside of the gym. All health issues – physical, emotional and spiritual – can be supported by the potency of essential oils. You will be amazed at how effective pure essential oils can be!
We choose to use Young Living Essential Oils. All YL oils are 100% therapeutic-grade, and have been tested by third-parties to ensure the highest of quality. They are a very ethical company, and are the leaders of modern day essential oils.
If you would like to learn more about essential oils, please contact Filipa on 0408 707 249 or firstname.lastname@example.org She will assist you with any queries, and can also organise an info session with you where you can sample the oils first-hand and discuss the therapeutic-benefits of essential oils.
You can purchase the oils directly through us at retail price, or we can help you sign up as a Wholesale Member which will allow you to receive 24% off all Young Living Essential Oils products (as well as accumulate ‘shopping points’, and be eligible to receive 3-monthly FREE oils, diffusers, and more!). There are no sign-up or cancellation fees or lock-in periods, and you are free to cancel your membership at any time.
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For more info about essential oils from a fitness perspective, this is a great article. And here is a blog post about some of our own personal experiences with essential oils.
Here are some research articles to back up the benefits of essential oils:
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Choi SY, Kang P, Lee HS, Seol GH. Effects of Inhalation of Essential Oil of Citrus aurantium L. var. amara on Menopausal Symptoms, Stress, and Estrogen in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Evid-Based Compl Alt Medic. 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/796518
Diego MA, Jones NA, Field T, et al. Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness and math computations. Int J Neurosci. 1998;96:217–224.
Elson CE, Underbakke GL, Hanson P, et al. Impact of lemongrass oil, an essential oil, on serum cholesterol. Lipids 1989;24(8);677–679
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Keshavarz AM, Behboodi MZ, Taghizadeh Z, et al. Lavender fragrance essential oil and the quality of sleep in postpartum women. Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2015;17(4):e25880
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Kim I-H, Kim C, Seong K, et al. Essential Oil Inhalation on Blood Pressure and Salivary Cortisol Levels in Prehypertensive and Hypertensive Subjects. Evidence-Based Compl Alt Medic. 2012 doi:10.1155/2012/984203
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Matsubara E, Fukagawa M, Okamoto T, et al. Volatiles emitted from the leaves of Laurus nobilis L. improve vigilance performance in visual discrimination task. Biomedical Research. 2011;32(1):19-28
Meamarbashi A. Instant effects of peppermint essential oil on the physiological parameters and exercise performance. Avic J Phytomed. 2013;4(1)72-78
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Oh JY, Park MA, Kim YC. Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs. Toxicol. Res. 2014;30(4):297-304
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Sayorwan W, Siripornpanich V, Piriyapunaporn T, et al. The effects of lavender oil inhalation on emotional states, autonomic nervous system, and brain electrical activity. J Med Assoc Thai. 2012;95(4):598-606
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Watanabe E, Kuchta K, Kimura M, et al. Effects of Bergamot (Citrus bergamia (Risso) Writh & Arn.) Essential Oil Aromatherapy on Mood States, Parasympathetic Nervous System Activity, and Salivary Cortisol Levels in 41 Healthy Females. Forsch Komplementmed. 2015;22:43-49