In this post I’m going to share how an athlete can use essential oils to increase their performance, decrease sport-related injury and inflammation and boost their immune system.
You don’t have to have an elite athlete in the house to get the benefits of these oils. Maybe your kid plays soccer, does little athletics, or plays netball. Perhaps you live with a fella who goes to the gym or plays football. These same oils apply!
For any reference to internal or ingestion, this is for adults only. All application should be topical or aromatic (diffuse) for kids.
I’m currently in New Zealand with my husband Cam, who is riding the entire length of both Islands to raise money for Canteen. All 2500kms of it, in the middle of Winter, in a place where the wind comes straight from Antarctica and the mountains are famous for having some of the best snow-boarding in the world.
Cam has officially (well for this year anyway) ‘retired’ from his cycling career, where he rode for the InForm cycling team. And if ‘retiring looks like riding 200kms a day then hey, who am I to argue.
Physical preparation for this trip has seen Cam:
- Riding 6-800kms a week for the last 6-8 weeks
- Follow the Wim Hoff method of breathing, meditation and cold therapy
- Follow an anti-inflammatory diet rich in collagen, fats and functional foods. (such as this fermented cashew cheese or this lemon curd slice)
- Supplement his diet using high end nutrients
Here’s how Cam uses the doTERRA products while in training and execution of this epic ride.
1. Easy Air (Breathe) Essential Oil (respiratory blend):
Aromatically – I can’t claim that these oils will heal you from illness, however Cam experienced what we may call a positive ‘coincidence’ with the doTERRA Easy Air respiratory blend. He was suffering from Sinusitis quite badly – it was affecting his cycling season – began diffusing Easy Air beside his bed each night, and his sinusitis disappeared.
He was also doing ‘steams’ using Easy Air (popping a few drops in a bowl of boiling water and a towel over his head and inhaling deeply for a few minutes).
Cam gives himself a moustache using easy Air oil before he takes off on his ride. (He may be known to put it UP his nose as well, but this is entirely up to you!)
You can also apply a few drops to the chest and neck area, diluted with fractionated coconut oil and breathe in the aroma. The menthol content is cooling and helps open the airways. This blend is also amazing for those with asthma, bronchitis, congestion, colds and other sinus issues.
How does it work?
doTERRA Easy Air maintains feelings of clear airways and easy breathing while minimising the effects of seasonal threats. The peppermint oil can help the relaxation of bronchial smooth muscles, increase in the ventilation and brain oxygen concentration, and decrease in the blood lactate level mean that athletic performance can be increased.
2. Frankincense Essential Oil:
Ingestion – One drop under the tongue each day
Topically – Diluted with fractionated coconut oil and rubbed onto sore muscles spots every few days or across the back/over the lungs.
How does it work?
Helps Relieve Inflammation and Pain.
Frankincense can be useful in helping prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue and has been shown to significantly reduce levels of dangerous and painful inflammation, making it a natural treatment option for pain-related conditions that affect the muscles, joints and tendons. Frankincense is also a strong immune boosting oil.
Emotionally, frankincense oil is wonderful
3. Ice Blue:
Topically – Diluted with fractionated coconut oil and rubbed over pretty much every major muscle group (besides THAT one because OUCH, hehe) on a daily basis.
Keep these ideas in mind for any sort of joint, muscular or even nervous pain, damage or dysfunction. Ice Blue can be applied directly to the skin or within a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, for young or sensitive skin. Start with one drop to 1-3 tsp of carrier oil and increase as needed.
Precautions: Deep Blue contains some seriously potent oils. It’s important to dilute this oil well and never use on children. Using Deep Blue Topically My favourite ways to use Deep Blue essential oil include: Massaged into sore muscles to relieve chronic tension from stress or physical injury or physical effort.
You can also mix with frankincense to enhance Ice Blue’s affect, with a drop of added wintergreen, or with a drop of added white fir or cypress (both also beneficial to joint and muscle issues).
How does it work?
provides targeted comfort to tired and sore joints and muscles.
This blend is going to smell like and remind you of a Dencorub or Deep Heat (but without the toxic nasties). This is a blend of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus. These oils have analgesic (pain-relieving), inflammation soothing and relaxing. This amazing oil is going to give you some muscle-soothing h.e.a.t too!
4. Lemon Oil
Ingestion – I make Cam’s overnight bircher with a drop or two of lemon oil in it so it tastes like lemon cheesecake in the morning.
Aromatically – We will diffuse this in the room Cam is training in if indoors. As it removes airborne pathogens, it’s a great one to travel with also as you may be staying in hotel rooms.
Topically – With any chest congestion a great way to combat that is to mix 1 drop each of lemon, peppermint and OnGuard oil into coconut oil, and apply to the chest and neck. I’ve brought all with me. (I carry coconut oil in ziplock bags and simply swipe out of it a tsp at a time for things like this). This trick works wonderfully to help Cam if he starts to need support to combat illness settling into his lungs!
How it works.
Immune Support – Lemon oil can support lymphatic drainage and help your overcome a cold fast, mix it with coconut oil and rub it on your neck. Lemon oil contains d-limonene, a powerful cancer fighting antioxidant. Studies suggest that regular lemon essential oil usage can help regulate our energy stores and play a role in preventing disease and cardiac dysfunction.
5. OnGuard Essential Oil
Ingestion – Cam pops a drop of OnGuard under his tongue each morning.
Producing the oil from clove buds concentrates clove’s eugenol, the main active ingredient of clove. Eugenol calms inflammation. Clove’s flavonoids also contribute to the high ORAC level of the essential oil. As an anti-oxidant, clove oil is one of the highest known edible anti-oxidants in the world.
Topically – Dilute 2-5 drops into 10ml carrier oil and apply to the soles of the feet.
Please note that all of these oils can be found in our two most popular enrolment kits, the Home Essentials Kit and our Essentials Collection.
6. Lifelong Vitality Pack
I had to include this one even though they are not strictly oils because they have played SUCH a big role in Cam’s preparation and daily supplementation for wellness.
Cam has been using the Lifelong Vitality Pack since March this year. I personally had such an incredible experience taking them (which I wrote about here) that I bought him his own and he’s been taking them ever since. Increased energy, increased output, decrease in injury and degeneration.
There are three different supplements within the trio.
dōTERRA Alpha CRS+® Cellular Vitality Complex is a proprietary formula combining potent levels of natural botanical extracts that support healthy cell proliferation and lifespan with important metabolic factors of cellular energy.
dōTERRA xEO Mega® Essential Oil Omega Complex is a unique formula of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and a proprietary blend of marine- and land-sourced omega fatty acids. Omega fatty acids help support healthy joint, cardiovascular, and brain health; help support healthy immune function; and have been shown to help mediate a healthy inflammatory response in cells.
dōTERRA Microplex VMz® Food Nutrient Complex is an all-natural, whole-food formula of bioavailable vitamins and minerals that are deficient in our modern diets. The formula includes a balanced blend of essential antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, and an energy complex of B vitamins presented in a patented glycoprotein matrix.
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