You know those 5-Hr Energy commercials that prey on our reality that we all crave a bit more energy (well, except the Husband, maybe… I don’t think he needs another gear)? Well, I’m a sucker for those. That “two o’clock feeling” gets me every time.
So yes, I hit the coffee pot again after lunch. And we often take the afternoon away from our various work to go for a run, hike or bike ride, all of which really helps to invigorate me. Nevertheless I was thrilled in my recent studies to find a recipe of essential oils that can give me the burst of energy I need in a natural way.
On a recent groggy day, as my second cup of afternoon coffee wore off, I had a strong desire to nap and nothing more. I decided to take a break and take a shower. Grabbing a wet washcloth, I added the following essential oils to the washcloth:
- Rosemary Rosemarinus officinalis 15 drops
- Lime Citrus aurantifolia 10 drops
- Neroli Citrus aurantium var. amara 4 drops
- Peppermint Mentha piperita 2 drops
Rosemary’s therapeutic actions assist emotionally for a “lack of concentration, exhaustion, and mental and/or physical fatigue.”
Lime is a “refreshing all-over body splash.”
Neroli is “a wonderful antidepressant essential oil, renowned for its uplifting aroma, which counteracts an absence of cheerfulness or diminishing functioning activity.”
Finally, Peppermint is very intriguing because it is known as an adaptogenic oil. It can sedate or stimulate depending on what is needed, a pleasant addition to the Morning Revive blend.
As I breathed deeply into the washcloth the scents overcame me. I decided to place the washcloth over my entire nose and do some deep breathing exercises so that the scents became slightly overpowering to me. I took five deep breaths and then released entirely out of my lungs. At the conclusion there was a noticeable difference in my mood. I instantly felt uplifted and awake. My energy level did seem to be elevated in such a simple, natural aromatic fashion.
I am excited to know that I have an alternative to a sluggish mood. I am glad that in lieu of coffee that just a few essential oils blended together on a washcloth can provide the energy revival that is required to get me through the afternoon.
Try it for yourself and let me know how you like it!