If you’re feeling tired and run down after the holiday season, try the following essential oils for an energy boost.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary is for remembrance, according to an old saying. This oil is believed to boost mental activity and to clear the cobwebs from the mind. Burn Rosemary in an oil burner when you need to write one more article but your brain seems to be getting sleepy, or whenever you need to concentrate for a long period of time.
Rosemary also energizes the body. It is a great bath or massage oil for tired muscles, it boosts circulation and it also stimulates the lymphatic system, which makes it a popular ingredient in anti-cellulite oils. Rosemary is a good oil to use whenever you’re feeling tired and sluggish. It is not suitable for people with high blood pressure or epilepsy.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil is another energizer for the mind. Like rosemary, it is believed to stimulate mental activity. These two oils are often used together in massage for tired and achy muscles. Use basil carefully as the scent is strong and the oil can irritate sensitive skin.
Black pepper (Piper nigrum)
Black pepper boosts circulation, warms up the muscles and relieves a tired and achy body. Like ginger and other spice oils, it is a good choice if you’re feeling cold and tired. It is also said to be an aphrodisiac. It is a strong oil and you only need a drop or two diluted in carrier oil.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
All citrus oils are uplifting, but grapefruit has a special energizing quality that makes it a great oil for the winter blues and for those mornings when you just want to stay in bed. Burn it in your aromatherapy burner or use it in massages and baths. Blend it with rosemary for a massage oil that is especially good for tired muscles, for fluid retention and for cellulite. Grapefruit is safe for pregnant women from the 2nd trimester onwards and in low (1% ) dilutions.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Thyme is a tonic for the whole body and a good choice whenever you’re feeling tired and run down. It stimulates the immune system and fights infections, and it is an excellent oil to use during colds and flu’s or when recovering from an illness. Use thyme in baths and massages during and after the flu.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint is one of the most stimulating essential oils. It is best to avoid it in the evening if you want to be able to sleep at night. Burn a drop or two in an oil burner or inhale a drop from a tissue. If you use it on the skin, make sure to blend it with a carrier oil to avoid skin irritation.
Read more about essential oils for energy:
Patricia Davis: Aromatherapy, an A-Z (Random House, UK, 2004)
Julia Lawless: The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils (Element Books, 1995)
Photo: Les Chatfield (Wikimedia Commons)