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Essential Oils to Combat Fatigue and Exhaustion!

Essential Oils can combat Fatigue and Exhaustion!!!! Learn how to use them to help you in your daily life! 

Fatigue and exhaustion can take their toll on both your mental and physical health.  Just about everyone experiences them at some point in their life, but people living with chronic pain or chronic fatigue experience them everyday. Since March is National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness month, I thought there was no better time to address the topic of fatigue (chronic or otherwise) and give you a few tools to help you deal with it when it strikes. Of course it’s better if you can prevent fatigue and exhaustion in the first place with a solid stress reduction and self-care plan, but unfortunately that’s not an option for everyone since you can’t prevent the effects of chronic illness. What you can do, however, is find ways to lessen the impact. Below are 5 of the best essential oils to use when fatigue or exhaustion set in.

  • Basil – is a mental stimulant. The scent can help aid concentration, sharpen the senses, and have an uplifting effect of depression. *Caution: Only a small amount is needed, it can be stupefying when over used. Less is more with this oil.
  • Eucalyptus – has many actions that can help when you’re fatigued. It stimulates the mind and aids concentration. It can also help reduce rheumatic pain (especially when paired with juniper); and reduced pain will naturally raise energy levels in the body.
  • Geranium – is the great balancer. It has an uplifting aroma and is an emotional balancer that is especially helpful with anxiety and depression (so could be very beneficial to those with both chronic pain/fatigue AND depression &/or anxiety). Geranium is also balancing to the mind through it’s stress relieving properties. It also balances the hormonal system and is therefore a great oil to use if you find yourself fatigued each month around the same time. *Can be slightly stimulating to some so best to not use this oil within 2-3 hours of bedtime.
  • Peppermint – is an excellent oil to relieve mental fatigue. *Do not use if you take or use homeopathic preparations as it antidotes them.
  • Rosemary – is a highly stimulating oil. It clears the head, aids memory, and enlivens the brain. *Don’t use this oil within 6 hours of bedtime. I’ve known more than one aromatherapist, myself included, to be wide awake at 3am because they worked with Rosemary too close to bedtime. ** Do not use Rosemary if you have epilepsy, high blood pressure, or are pregnant.

To get the benefit of these oils, all you need to do is smell them. You can use a diffusor, a moistened cotton ball or tissue in a baggie, or smell them right out of the bottle. They can also be applied to the body and worn as “perfume” if diluted (20 drops per ounce of oil or lotion used for diluting – less if you are sensitive to smells or medications or if you have sensitive skin). These oils are no substitute for taking care of yourself the way you should, but  they can be a great tool in your self-care toolbox.

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