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November 19, 2018

Anecdotal evidence and formal research both suggest that essential oils have many health and mood-altering benefits. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be treated as a therapeutic product. As such, make sure you are choosing high-quality oils from a reputable provider for maximum benefit and your own safety. Lower cost “fragrance oils” may smell good but are formulated differently than true essential oils and have different use instructions/safety standards.

The two most common ways to use essential oils are: (1)

  • Inhale/diffuse: Most essential oils are safe to inhale, either straight from the bottle, by using an oil warmer/burner (these use gentle heat to release vapors), or diffused by an electronic device that uses water. Oil diffusing jewellery is another great choice: these pieces include something porous (e.g., a wooden or lava bead) that accepts a drop of oil, then releases the scent over several hours.
  • Apply topically: Some essential oils can be applied directly onto your skin. Due to their level of concentration, it is generally recommended to dilute essential oils by adding 2-3 drops to a vegetable-based carrier oil before applying. Not diluting essential oils can result in skin irritation, so always be careful and make sure to read the instructions before using.

If you need a little pick-me-up in the middle of a busy day, walk away from the coffee and try one of these essential oils! Here are 5 essential oils that will help boost your energy and brighten your mood. (2, 3, 4)

Peppermint oil

Peppermint is a versatile essential oil that can be inhaled, diffused, or applied directly to the skin. (Try adding a couple drops to your shower floor after the water warms up for a burst of energy in the morning!) This oil is uplifting and energizing, has been shown to fight chronic fatigue, and improves concentration – perfect for clearing out mid-afternoon brain fog. (4)

Orange oil

Orange oil is fresh, crisp, sweet, and uplifting! It is extracted from orange peels and is another versatile energy booster that can be inhaled and diffused. (2) Combine orange and peppermint oils with water for a mood and energy boosting room spray. (3)

Eucalyptus oil

While its characteristic scent is most often associated with helping with coughs and colds, eucalyptus oil also helps stimulate brain function and improve overall energy. Eucalyptus also contains a well-researched substance – cineole – that has been shown to have healing properties. This oil is very potent so use it sparingly: a few drops in a diffuser is plenty. (4)

Rosemary oil

Rosemary oil is particularly effective for ongoing or chronic fatigue because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that there are direct connections between inflammation and fatigue, so it’s logical that reducing inflammation would boost energy! Rosemary is also thought to improve memory and overall alertness. (4)

Basil oil

Basil is a member of the mint family and has traditionally been used in cooking, healing, and aromatherapy. It is thought to relieve pain, help neutralize toxins, help regulate blood sugar, and generally uplift the spirit. This is another versatile oil that can be inhaled, diffused, or applied directly to the skin (with a carrier oil). (5)


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