Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Essential Oils That Relieve Fatigue (fatigue)

Essential oils can either relax or energize you, depending on the oils you choose. Use relaxing scents such as lavender and clary sage in baths and massages to help you unwind after a stressful day and to promote a good night's sleep. Use stimulating essential oils such as basil, rosemary, and peppermint in cool baths or footbaths for a quick boost of energy.

Lavender has relaxing and restorative properties for the body and the psyche. It helps to relieve fatigue that is related to emotional tension and also eases muscle aches caused by physical exertion. Lavender has a floral herbaceous fragrance with balsamic under­tones.

Clary sage is deeply relaxing and helps to relieve fatigue by calming an overly active mind and by enhancing adrenal function. It also helps to relax tense muscles and promotes restful sleep. Clary sage has a musty, deep, sweet scent.

Basil has an uplifting effect on the psyche and pelps to dispel mental fatigue. It also enhances the function of the adrenal glands. Basil has a warm, sweet, spicy scent.

Rosemary is one of the most potent and balanced essential-oil stimulants for both the mind and the body. It enhances the func­tioning of the adrenal glands, helps to overcome fatigue, and also improves mental clarity. Rosemary has a strong, herbaceous fra­grance with mint and camphor undertones.

Peppermint is energizing and invigorating and is excellent for relieving mental exhaustion and physical fatigue. It has a potent, minty scent, and because it is so strong, should be used only in small amounts (no more than three drops in a bath).

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