Essential oils for pre- and post-workout

One of my favourite ways to use essential oils is as part of my work out routine. I might be a bit of an oil nerd, but I find it super exciting that there are natural ways to improve your performance and help recovery. While there are a bunch of oils you can use (and people respond differently to oils, which is both amazing and a little frustrating :)) these are the ones that work for me:


Ever have those days where you just can’t be bothered? You know you should go to the gym, or for a run and you’ll feel great afterwards, but it’s easier to find 10 million excuses why you can’t? On those days, I use a blend of peppermint and citrus oils, aptly called Motivate. It is SO GOOD. Don’t ask me how it works, but if I roll some of this on, or even just sniff it straight from the bottle, it immediately peps me up and makes me more willing to make some effort. PS, it also works if you’ve just had an awful night’s sleep, or have hit the 3pm slump at work! :)

During my workout

I find I always forget to breathe properly during exercise, so end up out of breath before my muscles are tired. To help combat this, I put a few drops of an oil blend called Easy Air on my chest before I start my workout. It contains a mix of  Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon, Ravensara and Cardamom essential oils. I find that I can always push a bit harder if I use this one. I find it particularly useful for a cardio workout, like running or boxing.


I’ve made my own roller ball mix of lemongrass essential oil and and oil blend called Ice Blue, which I mix with fractionated coconut oil. Ice Blue contains Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus and is specifically designed to help sore muscles. I roll my blend on after exercise, but I also use it when I have a sore neck or shoulder (something I get fairly frequently from sitting at a desk all day!)

Other essential oils that may be beneficial for your workout include peppermint, marjoram, lemon and a blend called Balance.

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Please Note: I am not a doctor, I am only sharing my own experiences with essential oils. If you have an illness or health condition, you should see a trained health professional. The information on this website is for informational purposes only.