I’ve often talk about how essentials oils can help with energy.
And there’s a good reason for that. It’s something that is a constant battle for me. No matter what chronic illness you deal with, you understand what I’m talking about.
My days have been super full lately, so when I sit down to work in the evening my brain is ready to shut down. There are definitely some nights when nothing helps, when it’s just been one of those overflowing days (like when the grands are here) However-- I do have a few tricks up my sleeves. Essential oils are amazing for boosting energy.
Something that I’ve found extremely beneficial for energy and focus is utilizing my diffuser. Aromatic use of essential oils is a powerful tool for supporting production of energy hormones – and much more. Ready for some science?
When we inhale an essential oil, the odor molecules stimulate the nerves of the olfactory membrane. This triggers electrical impulses to olfactory bulb in the brain with in turn transmits impulses to the limbic system of the brain. What does the limbic system control? Heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance – the response to the essential oil aroma stimulates the release of hormones that can balance and support healthy physiology and behavior. The limbic system also can activate the hypothalamus, our “master gland” that acts as our hormone & neurotransmitter control center.
Because essential oils are amazing, they have the ability to directly stimulate the limbic system AND the hypothalamus. It allows us to see benefits in lower stress levels, more balanced moods and emotions, AND increased energy and focus.
So what are my go to essential oils to help with fatigue?
All citrus oils are great for boosting energy and motivation levels. Lime just happens to be my favorite of all the citrus oils.
Frankincense is my first oil love. It’s been the oil that made the most difference in my life. Frankincense shines when it comes to boosting energy is in the way it gently balances the nervous system.
3) Black Pepper
I often use Black Pepper topically in the winter time because of its circulatory support to help keep my fingers and toes warm. Diffusing will give your energy a boost or soothe anxious feelings.
Peppermint is an amazing energy booster. It’s been especially helpful for waking me up during late night drives. It’s great for mental focus. Studies have shown that when peppermint is used in the classroom, grades improve. (Spearmint is another good one that is slightly milder than peppermint)
Basil oil stimulates the adrenal glands, and does a great job at reducing mental fatigue. It blends amazingly well with my fav, Lime.
When I diffuse oils for energy, I combine a total of about 5 or 6 drops. It’s fun to experiment with different essential oils that smell good AND improve energy and focus. If you'd like to learn more about the oils I prefer to use, check outthis article.
Here are a couple of my favorite combos:
3 drops each Spearmint and Lime
2 drops peppermint, 3 drops black pepper
2 drops each basil, black pepper, and lime
There are endless combinations of essential oils you can use in the diffuser to increase energy and focus. The added bonus is that your house will smell fab without any of the artificial crap in most smelly-goody stuff. If you've got a chronic illness and would like to get started with oils, check out my free Essential Helps for Spoonies
Do you have go to helps to increase your energy?