Acquiring fitness and staying fit requires a good state of health, which is accomplished by a positive mind and maintaining a strong body as well as a serene spirit.
Aromatherapy oils are perfect aids for maintaining and improving a healthy body mind and soul, and using essential oils for this purpose is the perfect accompaniment to a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Attention also needs to be placed on a healthy diet and exercise, as well as sound sleep as these are the pillars of good fitness. Drinking plenty of fresh water is always advised for optimal metabolism.
Maintenance of a Healthy Body
During exercise there is a build up of lactic acid in the muscles and strain is often placed onto joints, tendons and ligaments. Aromatherapy oils can be used to detoxify this acid buildup in the joints and muscles and to improve circulation. This promotes fresh oxygen supply and toxin removal.
Rosemary, ginger, eucalyptus and cajuput are just some oils that can be used for stimulating circulation which also have anti- inflammatory properties. These oils warm muscles and joints and can be applied before a run, cycle or gym workout to prepare muscles and joints especially in the early morning in winter. Peppermint and menthol (extract from peppermint) have a cooling effect on muscles and joints so applied after exertion will help strained muscles and joints.
Essential oils prepared in the form of creams, gels or sprays can be massaged onto limbs and body before, during or after exercise to minimize stiffness, and maximize performance. Oils are quickly metabolized in a lean healthy body and have a quick action.
If you’re a runner or cyclist, our Sports Roll On relief has been especially formulated with added menthol and arnica
Maintenance of a Healthy Immune System
Eucalyptus is mucolytic and helps to rid the airways of dryness, and to trap infectious particles that are then coughed out. Tea tree has well known anti-infectious properties against bacteria, microbes and fungi.
Allergies are also well treated with aromatherapy. Less is better than more in these cases so minute amounts are sufficient for immune improvement. It is best to use diluted essential oils in a base oil or gel on and around the respiratory system to help ward off infections. In the Middle Ages small bags of herbs worn hanging on the chest (called tussie mussies) were commonly used as immune protectors and boosters.
Try our Sinus Combo to boost or maintain your immune system
Maintenance of Feet
Taking care of your feet during training us so important. Regular foot massages with enriched creams or oils will stimulate circulation, soften rough skin and provide relief for these often abused appendages.
Peppermint foot cream is the ultimate foot soother. Massaging your feet is akin to massaging your whole body, based on reflexology principles, so regular foot soaks and massage is very healing. Best absorption of aromatherapy oils is through the feet so any mixture applied for a desired effect will give positive results.
Exfoliate, massage and moisturise your hardworking feet with our Foot Care Range
For dealing with stress and to promote healthy sleep cycles, camomile, lavender, neroli and geranium are some of the best essential oils to use. Citrus oils are known as the “happy oils” and are well known for improving one’s mood and outlook.
Bathing or massaging with these oils, alone or as combinations can help with soothing stress and improving sleep. These oils may also be inhaled by using them in a traditional burner, tissue or other infused inhaler. Smelling these oils is how the mind and soul are soothed.
Stay calm and take your anxiety down a notch by using our Stress products to calm, balance and restore.
Peppermint, lemon and rosemary are mentally stimulating oils which are useful before a cycle, gym routine or run where focus and concentration are required. Dab a drop of oil onto gloves or wrist band to inhale during performance.
Try the Focussniff inhaler for improved concentration
Please remember that with aromatherapy use less rather than more.
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