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If you are feeling depleted, essential oil aromatherapy can be a gentle and safe way to rejuvenate your energy and invigorate your senses. Essential oils are typically blended into and applied with a thicker carrier oil (such as grapeseed, jojoba, almond, or other massage oil). With this method, you can massage the oil into your feet, behind your ears, or along pulse points on your arms and legs.
Essential oils also can be inhaled (air therapy) much the way one inhales the aroma of a good meal. Hold the bottle a few inches below your nose and breathe deeply. Another option is to use an aromatherapy diffuser. Try this method when you are not able to use massage. It is also a great technique to use around the house, at your desk, or after a long drive.
These uses of essential oils are believed to stimulate the brain centers that are active in regulating hormones, including those that affect emotion and energy levels. The oils listed below are just a few that are recommended for boosting alertness, elevating mood, and restoring balance when you feel fatigued.
There are so many essential oils companies to choose from that it can be difficult to know where to buy quality essential oils.
I personally have chosen Native American Nutritionals as the company I buy my family’s essential oils from. I did research and found that they are organic and are grown where no pesticides, herbicides or harmful chemicals are used. No solvents are used, no adulterating (no heating, blending, adding or further distillation of oils) and they are reasonably priced. Scientific testing has shown that this company produces very pure oils
Energy-boosting oils can be blended or used individually. Remember, these oils are stimulating, so you would not want to use them within a few hours of going to sleep.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) helps relieve anxiety and pent-up energy.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has a stimulating fragrance that can boost motivation when you feel sluggish.
Lemon/Lime (Citrus limon/Citrus aurantifolia) are energizing, cleansing scents that can help dispel worry and clear emotional confusion.
Peppermint/Spearmint (Mentha piperita/Mentha spicata) both can awaken mental activity and help relieve fatigue. Spearmint has a sweeter, less medicinal scent than peppermint.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) helps calm anxiety and boost mental alertness.