On the topic of exercising, and getting ready for the 5K, I thought it would fit to talk about how essential oils and herbs can support us in that endeavor and actually increase our benefits!
Here is a list of what you can do :
Blast Fat with adding any of these oils to your water or make a body oil with one or more: Pink Grapefruit, Orange, Red Mandarin or Lemon. All of these help breakdown and dissolve fat including cellulite.
Peppermint – a great pre-workout rub. Just mix a couple drops of peppermint with a couple drops of message oil (Grapeseed or Jojoba) and massage into the muscles that will be used the most during that days workout. It does a good job of loosening the muscle up and prepping it to work hard.
Rosemary – Put a drop on the bottom of each foot about 20 min before your workout. This will encourage your lymphatic circulation and ridding itself of waste.
Ravensara – Strengthens the lungs. Put a drop on the bottom of your foot or on your chest before and after workout. Making it easier to breathe and keep lungs on the same playing field as the rest of the body.
Cayenne – take a capsule ( or 2) before workout. Will increase core heat as well as keep heart healthy and nourished for working hard.
After your workout is through, right before you move into stretching use the following oils:
Peppermint/Lavender – Keeps the muscles limber, and the lavender helps to repair the tissue for a quicker recovery time.
If you happened to injure yourself, strain a muscle or experience muscle soreness you will find these aides to be beneficial;
Fysical TheraP – a blend of oils known for their analgesic abilities. Apply one or 2 drops to area and massage gently in.
Lemon Grass – has an affinity for ligaments, tendons and other connective tissue. Apply one or two drops to area and gently massage.
Dr. Christopher's BF&C ointment – Rub on any area that may be in pain or injured. Works miracles when mixed with essential oils. (I use it and Fysical TheraP on my knees when they are sore and it only lasts a minute!)
You can mix any of these oils with message oil to make a complete before/after workout body rub that you use everyday to keep your muscles and body toning and feeling great!!