We work hard to live a life of health and wellness. We eat our fruits and veggies, drink lots of water and get in some sort of physical activity each day. Some of us hit the gym hard; lifting weights and running on that treadmill for 2 hours. Some of us take a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood. The key to living a healthier lifestyle isn’t necessarily being in the gym 20 hours a week or only eating salads. It is balance. It is taking that first step, sometimes literally, and sticking with it. Step it up! Work harder than you have before (challenge yourself). Cut out one thing from your diet. Keep it simple. Essential oils, just like certain foods, can help get you pumped up and ready for your workout. They can keep you going with an energy or focus boost and offer many post-exercise benefits. Whether you are continuing on or just beginning your wellness journey essential oils are a beneficial addition to your fitness routine. Who doesn’t want to reap the benefits of optimized workouts, improved energy, endurance and stamina and reduced muscle aches?
You can purchase essential oils in most health food and grocery stores and on that big online retailer’s website, BUT it is important to do your research. What is the company’s commitment to the purity and quality of their oils? Do they grow their own plants? Are pesticides used? What is the testing process after the oil is extracted? Know where you oils come from! Only purchase 100% Pure, Therapeutic Grade oils and be sure they are safe for consumption.
Here are a few oils or products you can start incorporating into your health, wellness and fitness routine today:
- Lemon: Add lemon essential oil to your water. This is an easy place to start, as lemon can benefit in boosting metabolism, supporting digestion and flushing the body of toxins. Lemon essential oil is extracted from the rind of the lemon. Our body’s pH balance is vital to ideal health. We are at our best when it is slightly alkaline and Lemon essential oil has an alkalizing effect. Perfect! Lemon essential oil also contains d-limonene, which is a natural compound found in the peel of citrus fruits. It is a powerful antioxidant. It has many antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. D-limonene is known reduce appetite and therefore help with weight management. Lemon is also a natural detoxifier and can assist with digestion. Put two drops into a glass of water first thing in the morning and start of your day hydrated; a very important part to wellness. A drop of Lemon essential oil cost right around one penny, doesn’t spoil and produces less waste than whole lemons.
- Peppermint: Add peppermint to your water to stay hydrated and support digestion. Peppermint oil will keep you alert, focused and energized througho