The Best Oils for Athletes

by tracey

Essential oils can help with every ailment from sore muscles to cuts and scrapes. In honor of the 2012 Olympic Games, we’ll take a look at the essential oils the Olympic athletes can use to care for their overworked muscles and sports injuries during the games.

The best ways to soothe sore muscles after an intense workout include massage, soaking, and exposure to certain oils that increase circulation and relieve pain. Black pepper oil contains properties similar to aspirin, but is completely natural and can be used topically. To increase circulation and avoid the build-up of lactic acid that comes from intense workouts, athletes can soak in eucalyptus, rosemary, or lavender oil.

Many of the athletes enjoy massage following a competition or during their intense training. Massage is relaxing and reduces some of the stress and pressure associated with competing in the games. There are also physical benefits of massage and it is an effective method for relaxing muscles and soothing the pain that comes from intense training. Oils such as sandalwood and chamomile can be used in a massage to increase the physical benefits. The pleasant, soothing scents also make it easier to relax.

The 2012 Olympic Games feature the world’s best athletes competing with one another. If you are an athlete with Olympic aspirations or you simply enjoy the challenge and competition of competing in sports, essential oils can help you maintain good health and perform at the top of your game.

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