by Deborah Metzger,
The Courier News and Home News Tribune, July 7, 2009 and on MyCentralJersey.com
It seems like every day there’s a new drink introduced that promises hours of endless energy — but also inundates our bodies with tons of sugar, caffeine and chemicals and guarantees a crash once the sugar and caffeine wears off.
Drinkers of these energy beverages be warned: in the United States, these energy drinks have been linked with reports of nausea, abnormal heart rhythms and even emergency room visits.
But, I get it. We are people who don’t get enough sleep, who work too much, who don’t always eat right — we need more energy and we need it now. So, it got me thinking about a way to boost our energy without harming ourselves: aromatherapy using essential oils.
Aromatherapy has been used therapeutically for centuries. It uses liquid plant materials (aka essential oils) to affect a person’s mood and/or health. Scientific evidence supporting aromatherapy is growing and encouraging.
Have you ever heard someone say, “Just the smell of orange juice helps me open my eyes in the morning?” That’s because citrus scents, such as orange, lime and grapefruit, are known to help boost energy and overcome feelings of tiredness, revitalizing and stimulating the mind.
Spicy scents, such as basil, ginger and tea tree, also are known to help ward off fatigue by invigorating the nerves and sharpening concentration.
You can easily incorporate essential oils and aromatherapy into your daily routine — or use them as back up on the days that you need it. Add two drops of the energizing essential oil of your choice to each 1/2 cup of body wash or shampoo (mix thoroughly).
You can simply use the products in your shower as you would normally and enjoy. Taking a bubble bath instead? Just add six drops to a tablespoon of bubble bath and stir into your warm bath water. Take a deep breath and soak in the benefits of the essential oils.
You can even create your own environmentally friendly room spray to liven up your home: add 30 drops of your favorite energizing essential oil to 12 ounces of bottled water in a spray bottle.
Shake well and spray as needed. Use in places beyond the living room — your office, your car, your kid’s playroom. Well, maybe not your kid’s playroom (they don’t really need more energy, do they?).
You need to use caution when deciding which essential oil products to use. At Princeton Center for Yoga and Health, we carry Young Living 100 percent therapeutic grade oils. Unfortunately, some sub-therapeutic oils are diluted with toxic substances and the oils actually can take those substances deeper into the body.
Why deal with caffeine jitters and unhealthy stimulants when you can use gifts right from Mother Nature?
Essentials for the summer
Want to ward off insects while enjoying some outside time? Combine six drops peppermint, six drops tea tree and nine drops citronella and dilute using 20:80 essential oil: organic/pure vegetable or massage oil ratio. Apply to skin as needed.
Forgot to protect yourself from the bugs? Combine two drops thyme, 10 drops lavender, four drops Eucalyptus radiata and three drops German chamomile. Dilute using 50:50 essential oil: organic/pure vegetable or massage oil ratio. Apply to bite or sting two to four times a day.
When you’ve had too much fun in the sun, but not enough sun block on to prevent sunburn, apply lavender (can use just a few drops of the oil directly to the skin, or dilute 50:50 essential oil: organic/pure vegetable or massage oil ratio blend) three to six times a day.
Lavender as it has been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects; the fragrance is calming, relaxing, and balancing — physically and emotionally. It also can be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and other skin irritations.
Kids sure can be adventurous in the outdoors during the summer — and so can adults. Sometimes, that can lead to scraps and cuts. Combine one drop of clove and four drops of lavender; dilute using 50:50 essential oil: organic/pure vegetable or massage oil ratio. Apply two to six drops on location one to four times a day.
Deborah Metzger is the founder and director of Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, 50 Vreeland Drive in the Skillman section of Montgomery. More information is available by visiting www.princetonyoga.com or Young Living.