Peppermint, Wild Orange, Rosemary, InTune®, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Citrus Bliss®, Elevation
In the world of sports, essential oils have many benefits for athletes. A university with an NCAA Division I athletic program now works with doTERRA to receive instruction on essential oils and the AromaTouch® Technique. All of their campus training facilities have implemented doTERRA products into their training and physical therapy approaches with impressive results.
To help the trainers understand the benefits of doTERRA products, the university welcomed more information and training on essential oils. The trainings focused on oils such as Deep Blue®, doTERRA Breathe™, Lemongrass, White Fir, Lavender, and doTERRA On Guard®. doTERRA shared tips with the full staff of athletic trainers about how to dilute for sensitivity with Fractionated Coconut Oil, and the uplifting benefits of diffusing essential oils. The trainers, in particular the Coordinator of Football Performance, were impressed with the idea of first working oils such as White Fir and Lemongrass deep into the tissue with manipulation, and afterward applying the Deep Blue Rub.
Another significant challenge many athletes face is howto manage stress effectively. Balancing the emotional and physical demands of a taxing schedule can be tricky for students. The trainers had a particular interest in learning about the AromaTouch® Hand Technique to help relieve some of that tension. Samples of Lavender and other oils were also given to the trainers. One trainer shared, “Athletes often ask us for something to help them relax and sleep better. It’s not something you might always think about when dealing with sports. And I’m happy to be able to offer an athlete a natural solution first.” As they began to use the products, many trainers came back with questions about how they could better benefit from the products, not only to help those who already had problems, but also how they could use them to keep their athletes healthy.
Not surprisingly, Deep Blue® is now a favorite of most of the athletes, from the gymnasts on the balance beam to the football players on the field. The runners especially love Deep Blue rub to quickly get the relief and support they need. They quickly feel the powerful effects of Deep Blue and it helps them to keep going during training and therapy. The head trainer for the track team says, “When they put on the rub, they feel the warmth for a long time. This helps our athletes feel better physically and mentally.” One football player added, “Deep Blue works so well! I use it before and after my workouts and it helps me finish my workout strong.”
During the initial product training session athletic trainers asked about the benefits of diffusing essential oils aromatically. Once trainers started setting up their Aroma Lite diffusers with a blend of doTERRA On Guard® and doTERRA Breathe™ in the training rooms, athletes and trainers alike noticed a big difference in the smell and positive atmosphere. One trainer in particular came back after a recruiting trip and immediately noticed a change. He says, “The football training room has never smelled so good—I had to know what had changed.” Once he found out that the diffusers made the difference, he asked if there was any way he could get three diffusers for his home. Other trainers also implemented what they were learning at home—the head football trainer even uses the hand technique and Lavender to help his daughter relax and get a better night’s sleep.
From the outset trainers were anxious to learn about the safety and benefits of essential oils, knowing that when they can pass along the benefits of a powerful, natural product to their athletes it makes a real difference. Over time, the trainers’ confidence in essential oils has grown as they have used the products themselves and seen the performance of their athletes improve. The Director of Sports Medicine says, “I love the changes I am seeing with all our teams as they continue to use the products and learn more. We’ve seen a difference in the general atmosphere of our training rooms and our athletes are experiencing the benefits of essential oils thanks to doTERRA. The effect isn’t something I had expected but I’m very pleased with the result.”
Tips To Improve Athletic Performance Pre-and Post-Workout
PRODUCTS USED: White Fir, Lemongrass, doTERRA Breathe™, Lavender, Deep Blue®, Deep Blue rub, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Aroma Lite diffuser, AromaTouch® Kit, doTERRA On Guard®, and doTERRA Breathe Throat Drops.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Essential Safety Tips:
Citrus oils contain a unique category of photosensitive compounds called furocoumarins, so it is important to avoid exposure to sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV light for up to 12 hours after topical application of these oils.
More is not always better! Essential oils are very potent, so a little goes a long way. Start with 1–2 drops and then increase the dosage as necessary.
Dilute, dilute, dilute! Dilution in no way diminishes the efficacy of essential oils and offers many benefits that can enhance your application experience. Conduct a simple sensitivity test when trying a new oil by applying a small amount of essential oil to an inconspicuous area. Check the spot each hour for several hours to ensure no sensitivity has occurred.
Other Effective Methods of Topical Application:
Using essential oils aromatically can influence you in a myriad of ways. Traditionally, aromatic usage has been aimed at improving a person’s mood. A better and more stable temperament can have countless benefits on your life, every single day. Direct inhalation of do - TERRA’s Elevation or Citrus Bliss first thing in the morning can help you wake up and motivate you to take on the day’s tasks. Diffuse essential oils with distinct top notes such as Eucalyptus and Basil throughout the day to keep you productive at work. A quick breath of Peppermint can give you the boost
to make it through a tough workout. Diffusing Lavender or Vetiver at night, or adding a few drops to your pillow, can help you prepare for the restful sleep you require to get through the ensuing day. Using essential oils aromatically
can be the boost you need to get through the normal stresses of day-to-day life.