by Sumedha Rewar
Essential oils have been used by sportspersons and athletes to get better health and performance. Aromatherapy massage is used in pre and post workout procedures to lessen the injury chances, speeding recovery and improve performance. There are many natural extracts used as ointments for curing sore muscles. Essential oils can be used to keep the athletes fit by performing their best in all the aspects.
Essential oils can help in the promotion of health and fitness in athletes and sportspersons. The body preparation for stretching the body (pre and post exercises) can strengthen the muscles and help you in bringing the best out of your playing efforts.
Essential oils have been used by the sports persons from a long ago as an important warm up and muscular strengthening sessions. Most commonly, the essential oils like Eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, Juniper Berry, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Almond, hazelnut and Grapeseed are very helpful in preparing the exercising formula. These oils have anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, spasm control, mind and body relaxation, detoxification, mental calmness and many other effects on the body.
DIY Essential Oil Preparation
You can blend the mixture of pure essential oils to prepare your own mixture of sports oil which suits you the most. 10-30 drops of essential oil(s) are blended with one ounce of carrier oil to get the right effects.
An essential oil in the blend will result in the stimulating essential oil formation. Lower concentrations are preferred as those are more relaxing. Use light strokes in the pre-workout sessions and deeper massaging for the post-workout processes. To open up your body, it is advisable to use Eucalyptus (4 drops), Lavender/ Peppermint (4 drops), Rosemary (5-6 drops) in an ounce of carrier oil to do pre-workout massage.
Post exercise oil blends can be made by adding Lavender (7-8 drops), Eucalyptus (6-8 drops), Juniper Berry (3-4 drops), Sweet Marjoram (3-4 drops), Ginger Essential Oil (7-8 drops) and Peppermint (5-6 drops). Use deep massaging strokes towards heart for detoxification of the metabolic waste products from the body.
Showers and Baths
Essential oils can be used for pre and post exercising modules in the forms of showers and baths. You can use the above oils in the similar proportion and choose the ones giving you the most relaxing results. For shower process, the massaging of oils to the body followed by a warm shower would be helpful. The metabolic wastes from the body will be exerted and the muscles will gain strength. It is also preferable to use the essential oil blend by applying the oil after steam or shower as the skin pores get opened for easy absorption. It depends on your activity and body status to choose the stimulating or relaxing blend for massage.
Therapeutic Oils for sportspersons
Essential oils have therapeutic values and it goes far beyond the warm up and cool down sessions. The healing properties of oils are required for curing sprains, twists, bruises, scrapes and other troubles caused while playing. Many oils have strong detoxification and anti-inflammatory action. It even regenerates the tissues and relieves the body from unwanted stresses (physical and psychological).
Bruises and strains can be treated even by the synergistic molecules consisting of Helichrysum oil. It is the everlasting oil used for treating sprains, twisted joints, and hemorrhages. It is a wonder cure and applied in the ratio of 1:10 with a carrier oil for the therapeutic effects. Physiotherapists use a small amount of jojoba for curing the chronic injuries on the affected areas.
Fitness experts and active athletes often get hurt with abrasions and minor cuts. Essential oils can get the excellent results for such wounds for its soothing and antiseptic effects. Lavender (for soothing) and tea tree (antiseptic) in equal ratio can be used as all-around skin healer. The pure oils can be directly applied to scrapes and cuts after cleansing the wound. You can change the ratio as per your body’s requirements.
Essential oils can improve the overall health and fitness of any athlete. It can relax you after strenuous training and guarantee top performance for the upcoming activities. The sports persons are susceptible to illness and other physical issues. The blend of eucalyptus, tea tree, thyme, lemon, niaouli and peppermint oils can activate your immune system. The oil can be applied all over the body for the best effects. The body becomes strong from inside and keeps the diseases away.
There are numerous applications of aromatherapy to support health, performance, and fitness of any athlete. The variations of blends are explained in a way such that they can be used as per the individual needs at the moment. Your research and experimentation are required to find out the most effective combination to improve your health, fitness and boost your competition spirit.
Sumedha Rewaris an expert in aroma-therapy and has experience in sharing valuable information for Reiki and Yoga articles as well. She is eager to know about the newest trends in the market and researching about them in the best way. Her experiments in essential oils with the scientific study have motivated her towards sharing the valuable information for the same.