Oily Living: Essential Oils for Hard Workouts

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If you’re like me, going to the gym more than twice in one week means you’re about to be sore AF for a solid four days. Gone are the times when I could endure endless hours of pom practices, skill classes, and performances with minimal pain. And that’s how I know I’m getting old! It’s cool though. Here’s how I cope on those weeks when I’m actually on top of my fitness game:

1. Cool Azul Sports Gel - This is basically the essential oil equivalent of BioFreeze, and who doesn’t love BioFreeze? Like the name suggests, it’s a cool gel that feels amazing on sore muscles or even when you’ve just been in the sun too long. It has cooling ingredients like aloe, peppermint, menthol, and wintergreen. Aside from a long Epsom salt bath, there’s nothing better than slathering yourself in this after a super sweaty workout.

2. Deep Relief Roll-On – I’ve talked about this before, but I’m going to talk about it again because it’s one of my all-time faves. Deep Relief gives you that same cooling sensation as Cool Azul, but it’s way more convenient to carry around. It’s easy to toss in your purse or gym bag, and since it’s a roll-on you don’t even have to rub it in with your hands. It already has a carrier oil in it too (coconut oil), so there’s no need to dilute it with anything. My laziness really appreciates this fact. Deep Relief also contains copaiba resin, which is really good for muscle pain, joint pain, and headaches/migraines. Fun fact: copaiba contains beta-caryophyllene – one of the main chemicals found in marijuana that gives patients pain relief.

3. Panaway – Panaway is no joke! This is what I bust out when I’m extra sore and slowly dying. Something about it just instantly gets to those terrible sore muscles like no other. Fair warning: it does have a pretty intense warming sensation – thanks to the clove oil –  so a little bit goes a long way. The directions recommend diluting it with a carrier oil (like grapeseed or coconut oil) when you apply it. When I’m really hurting I don’t even bother, but I don’t recommend doing that unless you know you can take the heat! This stuff is so powerful that I’ve even heard of pregnant women taking it with them to the hospital to tide them over till the epidural. I’m not trying to test out this theory, but that’s what the word on the street is!

What are your post-workout must-haves?


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