After a long day at work or chasing after kids, the idea of completing my training schedule or even going for a leisurely run can feel like an invitation to climb Mt. Everest. But, running isn't something I do with the goal of breaking records or being a fierce competitor. Running is something I do for my sanity; an intricate part of my self care routine. It's the 45 minutes (most days) I set aside to care only for myself, both physically and emotionally. Sometimes, when I'm exhausted and stressed, a run is the last thing I want to force myself into, even though I know deep down it's the one thing I need the most! As usual, I've put some research into natural ways I can boost my energy and revive my mental state. The following is a summary of my most tried and true methods for using essential oils and oil-infused supplements as a part of a pre-run routine.
Peppermint, Eucalyptus, & Lemon Essential Oils
are a few of the most popular energy-inspiring oils. Their fresh, clean, and vibrant aromas awaken the mind and lift the spirits, and their plant constituents lend themselves perfectly to a runner's pre-run routine by opening airways, improving oxygen intake and expelling mucus. They can be especially helpful for outdoor runners during allergy season.
"I’ve used RC since 1995 and it’s a staple oil I use with racing, recovery, and my kids. Life would be different without it. Nothing opens my lungs quite like RC."
James Lawrence, aka The Iron Cowboy
En-R-Gee Essential Oil Blend
Young Living has created a blend of oils that all share in their ability to energize the mind and body. Rosemary, Juniper, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Idaho Balsam Fir, Clove, and Black Pepper, come together to create a highly invigorating scent that improves circulation, and contains anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, and anti-spasmodic plant constituents.
This one-shot tube is crammed full of essential oils and naturally powerful ingredients that enhance cognitive function and provide a boost of healthy energy. D-Ribose, Green tea extract, Mulberry leaf extract, Korean ginseng extract, Choline (as Choline bitartrate), and Proprietary Nitro Alert™ oil blend: Vanilla oil, Chocolate oil, Yerba mate oil, Spearmint oil, Peppermint oil, Nutmeg oil, Black Pepper oil, Wolfberry seed oil, and Nitro juice blend concentrate, combine to provide a healthy jolt of plant-fueled energy to the system.
The Energizer Bunny Smoothie, Rediscovering Nature’s Essentials
2 oz NingXia Red
1 tube NingXia Nitro
1 scoop Pure Protein Complete, Vanilla
1 drop Black Pepper essential oil
1 drop Nutmeg essential oil
1 cup of Ice OR Frozen Fruit
½ cup coconut milk or water
As always, be careful to select 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils to be sure you are breathing, lathering, and consuming only the safest and purest of oils. Understanding the different Grades of Oils is paramount when learning to live an essential oil-infused lifestyle.
To read more about the oils we use in my household, read this post about why we chose Young Living Essential Oils.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Essential Oils for runners