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If you have ever played a little too much football at the 30-year class reunion; have gone out hiking when maybe you haven’t hiked since Nixon was impeached; or have maybe just slept the wrong way, there are awesome essential oils out there that help with supporting the body’s muscular system, and helping to give […]

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If you have ever played a little too much football at the 30-year class reunion; have gone out hiking when maybe you haven’t hiked since Nixon was impeached; or have maybe just slept the wrong way, there are awesome essential oils out there that help with supporting the body’s muscular system, and helping to give your body some natural support & relief, when needed.

My last week was filled with many activities, one was hitting the gym. It was the first week after a long hiatus. It would have been a whole lot harder had I not had my go-to oil blend of wintergreen, peppermint, lemongrass and camphor oils, plus a few others. Ahhh take me away! These beautiful oils were my bff both before and after my routine. The oils also helped my peace of mind in just knowing that I could recover fast and continue with my week without crawling out of the house each day.  

Every day before I got on the treadmill, I quickly breathed in some peppermint and frankincense. It helped make me feel stimulated and ready to take on a mile or three. Then at night, because I wasn’t used to working out, I had a few restless nights. I used just a drop of lavender on my pillow and on my feet. Worked like a charm to give me that calm feeling and soon I fell sound asleep.

Finally, as I like to use essential oils in my cleaning, I take a small spritzer of lemon, melaleuca and water with me to the gym. I can spray both the equipment before and after I use them, just to help keep the microbes at bay and so I don’t bring home anything except my towel.

I also have been taking A LOT warmer baths, especially after my workouts. I just use my special concoction of Epsom salts, lavender, wintergreen & baking soda, (that way my tub is clean at the end too!)  

For my nerds out there, I did a little research for us on why wintergreen oil works the way it does with your body:

Methyl salicylate, (found in wintergreen or birch oils) was found to inhibit leukotriene C4 (a chemical messenger involved in the inflammatory response), while also demonstrating gastroprotective against ethanol-induced gastric injury in rats (Trautmann, et al., 1991). What all this basically means is that in a study on rats, wintergreen was found to help the body naturally with inflammation. What isn’t inflamed spells ‘happiness’ in my book. How about you?

Like all oils, this is one that you must always be mindful of that a handful of people are allergic to and pregnant women are suggested not to use it at all nor people with epileptic conditions. If these previously stated conditions are not existent, test a small area prior. That way you will know for sure. And with children, as well as adults in this instance, I suggest dilution with a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil. In a bath, no more than 6 drops of anything is really good if you are using a really good, therapeutic-quality oils.

I was also noticing that my enclosed shoes are beginning to get that “I’ve been going to the gym again” smell. I will be making a baking soda & melaleuca shaker to shake into those tennis shoes to make them smell fresh again and help to alleviate the bacteria that causes that odor in the first place. Everyone is happy on that one.

Because water is so very essential to life, especially when including a workout or exercise routine, I have made sure that my water intake includes at minimum 64 ounces, and I drink it with a drop of grapefruit oil. Why grapefruit oil? Grapefruit, and its’ component Limonene, was shown to affect the body’s autonomic nerves and reduce appetite and body weight in rats exposed to the oil for 15 minutes three times per week (Shen et al., 2005).  

In all of this, I just wanted to remind you that you aren’t alone in wanting to be healthy and I am here to show you that you can do it without all of the discomfort & agony. I have found a routine that works for me and the oils to support me while I do it. On that note, I am going to call it a wrap. I hear my treadmill calling…

 

For free consultations, samples or more info about how to use or purchase essential oils, please contact Shelly Berkowitz at (714) 514-3737. Shelly can also be reached via email at ahealthyresidual@yahoo.com and her website can be viewed at www.mydoterra.com/shellyberkowitz. You can also find her on Twitter @shellyberkowitz & Facebook @ A Healthy Residual

FDA Disclaimer:  The information, advice, statements, and testimonials made about the essential oils, blends, and products mentioned in this article have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The information in this article and the products listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease, nor are they intended to replace proper medical help. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any regimen with essential oils.  User submitted testimonials are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results – what works for one may not work for another.

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