Aromatherapy has long played an important role in athletics for both the weekend warrior and the seasoned competitor in the form of sports massage. Massage is used both pre-and post workout and competition Marcus Davenport Jersey , to improve performance, speed recovery, and lessen chance of injury. Perhaps only a few athletes have known these massages are wonderful form of employing essential oils; the classic massage blends contain essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender, Marjoram and others depending on the application. For athletes, essential oils can enhance circulation, open breathing passages, reduce inflammation, and encourage healing of chronic and acute injuries seen in sport. Here we'll have a look at several popular sports massage blends, as well as other healing recipes for the healthy athlete.

Essential oils can promote the health and fitness of athletes in many ways, the most common being the pre- and post- exercise (or competition) massage. Long used by top athletes around the world, sports massage with essential oils plays an important part in warming up the muscles before exertion and removing lactic acid (thereby speeding recovery) after a hard effort. Massage formulas often these essential oils - Eucalyptus, for invigoration, circulation and opening airways; Lavender, with anti-inflammatory effects, relieves pain, relaxes spasms, and brings mental calm without sedation; Rosemary relieves pain, stimulates the mind and body, and has a warming effect on the muscles; Juniper Berry, used in the post-exercise formula, detoxifies and helps eliminate lactic acid from muscles; and Sweet Marjoram which helps relieve cramping in over-exerted muscles.

Blending your own massage formulas for pre and post exercise massages is simple - just between 10 and 30 drops total essential oils to each ounce of carrier oil (Sweet Almond, Grapeseed and Hazelnut are good choices). Generally, the more essential oil in a blend, the more stimulating it will be; lower concentrations of essential oil will be more relaxing. For pre-exercise, to warm and loosen the muscles, open the airways and awaken the mind, try eight drops Rosemary, four drops lavender and four drops Eucalyptus essential oils to each ounce of carrier oil Peppermint can be used in place of the Lavender if you're really looking to 'get going' - though if you're prone to anxiety before strenuous efforts, stick with the Lavender. Use light, quick invigorating massage strokes. For post-exercise, a little deeper massage can be performed with longer strokes toward the heart - this will assist removal of lactic acid and other metabolic waste products. Try eight drops Lavender, four drops Juniper Berry and four drops Sweet Marjoram, or, when the muscles are really over-exerted, try eight drops Eucalyptus, eight drops Peppermint and eight drops Ginger essential oil.

Essential oils can be used in baths and before and after showering as well. The same oils mentioned above can be added to a bath after it is drawn for a relaxing post-exertion soak. Be sure to add any oils to the bathwater after the bath is drawn so they do not evaporate before you get in! For showering, oils can be applied to the body 'neat' on a clean washcloth before the shower - this can be especially helpful post-exertion to support elimination of toxins - one drop each of Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus and Peppermint would be ideal for this purpose. An oil blend (in a carrier) can applied directly after a shower or bath when the pores are open. Use either a stimulatingcleansing blend or relaxing one (including Lavender, Marjoram andor Mandarin) depending on the desired result.

Sometimes the going gets a little more rough for all athletes; injuries such as sprains, strains and bruises are common in many sports. The most important prescription for any injury is rest, but most athletes, eager to maintain their hard-earned level of fitness, rarely heed this suggestion. Enter the healing support of essential oils. Many essential oils are powerful healers of skin, muscle and connective tissue. Several well-known oils have strong anti-inflammatory properties, and contain safe varieties of 'ketones' which signal the regeneration of tissue. On top of that, there's the stress-relieving 'aromatherapy' aspect, which can further enhance the healing process in nearly all cases.

For treating common bruises, strains and sprains, the most important and effective essential oil is Helichrysum. This essential oil has an incredible synergy of properties for healing of injuries accompanied by inflammation - the molecules in its makeup are pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and regenerative. It has been noted by one author as "practically a wonder cure" when used for injuries so often incurred by athletes. Further, it is an excellent choice for overall health, wellness and fitness, as there are no known side effects which can occur with pharmaceutical preparations for pain and inflammation. To use Helichrysum, simply place a small amount of the oil on the bruised area, either undiluted, or for larger areas or frequent applications, dilute to 10 or 20% in a carrier oil such as Jojoba. Relief is often quick, and injuries that may have otherwise taken many days to heal have been significantly improved in only a day or two. A blend of Helichrysum and Jojoba can also be used for chronic injuries such as tendonitis - simply massage a small amount into the affected area a few times a day.

The most common of all sports injuries are the cuts and scrapes that athletes of all ages incur. A blend of two widely available and inexpensive essential oils provides a wonderful alternative to drug-store preparations for prevention of infection and soothing relief. Lavender, the oil that began the modern aromatherapy revolution through its wound healing effects, and Tea Tree, distilled from a plant long used by Australian natives for its h . Cheap Jerseys From China   Cheap Jerseys   Authentic NBA Jerseys Cheap   Soccer Jerseys Wholesale   MLB Jerseys Online   Replica Soccer Jerseys Wholesale   Authentic NFL Jerseys China   Adidas NHL Jerseys Wholesale   Authentic NFL Jerseys China   Replica MLB Jerseys Wholesale