Stimulating Essential Oils
It’s no secret that aromatherapy is a great way to relax and relieve nervous tension. But sometimes clients come to us complaining of pain, but oils with a sedative effect are not suitable for them: for example, after a session they immediately need to work. Then stimulating essential oils come to our aid.
In addition, their effects will be most welcome when working with clients suffering from arthritis. These oils have a pronounced aroma, they improve blood circulation, remove body waste products, warm and give strength – their therapeutic properties are great for use in sports massage!
Essential oils with a stimulating effect no less than relaxing. Basil, laurel, birch, black pepper, cloves, eucalyptus, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lemongrass, peppermint, pine and rosemary oils are excellent for relieving pain in muscles and joints.
Stimulating essential oils can be mixed with sedatives – this way you can create a blend with balanced effects or emphasize certain properties of some oils. The effect of the resulting mixture will directly depend on the choice and ratio of stimulating and relaxing oils that make up its composition.
For example, a mixture of lavender oil, rosemary and basil is more invigorating than a mixture of lavender, rosemary and sandalwood oils. Or, for example, when creating a mixture for sports massage (lavender, rosemary, juniper), you should take into account that the ratio of four drops of lavender oil to one drop of rosemary oil and one drop of juniper oil will give you a more pronounced relaxing effect than a mixture of two drops of lavender oil, two drops of rosemary oil and two drops of juniper oil.
The first mixture will go well for massage after training or competitions, and the second, as it stimulates better, is suitable for massage before physical exertion. When choosing oils before an aromatherapy session, the properties of each mixture, as well as its aroma, should be taken into account.
Since stimulating oils are very strong and can cause irritation (especially if your client has sensitive skin), they should be diluted strongly before application (i.e., either add less drops or take more base).
Now we will tell you about the six most popular essential oils with relaxing effects.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) helps to cope with headaches and migraines, disorders of the upper digestive tract and stimulates the respiratory system. Basil improves blood circulation and reduces the concentration of uric acid in the blood. Thanks to these properties, basil oil helps with joint pain, as well as with cramping and muscle pain. In addition, basil oil stimulates the senses and promotes clarity of thought – remember this when you are doing a relaxing massage to a client who wants to get rid of joint pain and just relax, but after the session he needs to maintain concentration: for example, he will have a meeting, an exam, competitions, etc.
Laurel (Laurus nobilis) improves appetite and digestion, and also helps the liver and kidneys. Together with juniper oil, laurel oil is used for rheumatism, sprains and muscle pain. This oil promotes resorption of hematomas, fights inflammation and prevents the formation of scar tissue. In addition, this oil is great for head massage – it helps get rid of dandruff.
Birch essential oil (Betula lenta) invigorates, relieves pain, and also has a light diuretic effect. This oil removes uric acid accumulating in the joints, which is why it is often used in the treatment of arthritis. In addition, birch oil helps fight rheumatism, muscle pain and stimulates sweat glands, helping the body get rid of toxins. Birch essential oil contains a high concentration of methyl salicylate, which in its properties is similar to the well-known pain medication – aspirin.
Long use this oil is not worth it – it is very strong. Do not forget that such oils must be diluted.
Black pepper oil (Piper Nigrum) has a pronounced stimulating effect, it invigorates, gives strength and uplifting. This oil helps to cope with pain and tension in the muscles (especially after hard training), as it dilates blood vessels and improves blood circulation. Black pepper improves digestion and increases the efficiency of the lymphatic system, which, as we already know, helps to eliminate toxins from the body. Like many other essential oils with a stimulating effect, black pepper oil helps to warm the muscles before exercise. It, like birch oil, should be used for a short time and in small doses.
Clove oil (Eugenia carophyllata) is a natural antibiotic and a mild aphrodisiac, which also helps digestion.