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It’s no secret that runners are always looking for a better way to
recover and improve their overall wellbeing. Essential oils are a
toxic-free and chemical-free way to treat common ailments runners face,
from sore muscles to sunburns. The essential oils listed below can help
relieve some of the more common problems among them.
For sunburns, applying lavender oil directly via cotton ball for the
first 24 hours is recommended. After 24 hours, a 50/50 ratio of lavender
oil to a carrier oil, such as almond or coconut, can help to heal and
moisturize the burn.
Place lavender oil directly on a blister to help healing two to three times per day. If possible, keep uncovered.
A mixture of 2-3 drops of tea tree oil and 2-3 tablespoons of coconut
oil can help heal the most delicate areas that may chafe. If the scent
of tea tree oil is too much for you, 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil
mixed with 2-3 drops of frankincense and lavender is also a good mix to
heal. Apply either mixture three times daily.
With antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties, combine
6 drops of tea tree oil (Melaleuca A), 3 drops of lavender and 1 oz of
carrier oil (olive, coconut, almond) and apply two to three times per
day to the infected area with a Q-tip or cotton ball.
Sore Achy Muscles
For a post-workout rub, combine 8-10 drops of peppermint oil to
2 tablespoons of carrier oil (almond is recommended) and apply to
muscles. A beneficial post run bath recipe to help aid recovery is a
50/50 mix of epsom salts to peppermint oil put directly into bath water.
Diffuse peppermint oil or inhale a few whiffs before you head out on
your run for a lift in your step. You can also add a few drop of
peppermint directly into your running shoes to invigorate your feet.
Orange oil can also be added to your pre or during workout water for a
pick me up. You can also diffuse before your run. Mix with peppermint
oil (2-3 drops of each oil) with a carrier oil and apply to temples and
back of neck before you head out the door.
A few drops of lemon oil added to water can help boost the immune system and detoxify the body to help fight off colds.
Diffuse lavender oil to help you fall asleep despite the pre-race
jitters and stresses of life keeping you awake. Roman chamomile is also
known for its relaxation properties and can be diffused to help as a
sleep aid as well.
To apply oils topically follow these steps:
1. Read the directions on the label of the oil. It is usually
recommended that an oil be diluted with a carrier oil before applying
directly to skin.
2. Tip the oil bottle and put 2-3 drops directly onto the palm of
your hand if applying directly to the area or to a cotton ball. If you
have put the oil into your hands, rub your hands together in a circular
motion. Once the oil is applied to the area, massage oil into skin in a
circular motion with your hand.
3. If mixing with other oils or a carrier oil, follow the recipe.
After blending, put mix onto a cotton ball or directly into hands. Apply
and massage oil into skin in a circular motion with your hand.
Have you ever used essential oils for common ailments?
What oil and what ailment was it for?
Any tips you have relating to this article? We'd love to hear it.