5 Essential Oils for an Active Lifestyle

There are so many great health reasons to stay active, but let’s face it: sometimes there are a few bumps and bruises along the way. Fortunately, essential oils can help. Here are some of the best essential oils to keep on hand for an active lifestyle:


One of the best pain relievers I’ve ever come across comes from deep within the Brazilian rainforest. It contains cannabinoids that are similar to those in marijuana but lack its mind-altering effects. In other words, it won’t make you high. It contains a potent plant compound known as beta-caryophyllene that is showing great promise in the treatment of pain, including arthritic pain. A study published in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry found that copaiba demonstrated potent anti-inflammatory activity throughout the body and also reduced the number of free radicals that tend to be involved in the degradation of joints, making it a great choice for an active lifestyle and the joint pain that sometimes accompanies it. Choose a copaiba product that is harvested by tapping the trees similarly to how maple trees are tapped to ensure rainforest trees are not destroyed for their essential oil.


Ginger is not just delicious in food, it also is a powerful essential oil that, when applied topically to the skin, stimulates circulation in the joints, alleviates stiffness, warms the muscles and joints and helps reduce pain levels. It is strong though so you’ll want to dilute it in a carrier oil. Avoid use if you have highly sensitive skin.


Lavender is great to speed the healing of sunburns and ease the discomfort they cause. Simply put a drop of lavender oil diluted in 5 drops of coconut oil or other carrier oil on burns to speed healing and ease the pain.


Marjoram oil is particularly good for easing tight muscles, which is a common issue when enlisting lesser-used muscles during and after workouts. Apply marjoram to inflamed joints to help ease inflammation. Additionally, a study published in Natural Products Research found that marjoram was as effective as DEET-based insecticides at repelling mosquitoes. It is also highly effective at repelling ticks, making it an excellent choice when your active life takes you to wooded areas. Avoid use during pregnancy or if you suffer from epilepsy.

Ylang Ylan

If your active lifestyle keeps you spending time outdoors, you’ll want an essential oil that will keep the mosquitoes and other pesky bugs at bay. But, you’ll want to skip the toxic bug repellents that smell disgusting and contain harmful DEET. Choose ylang ylang essential oil instead. A study published in the journal Parasitology Research found that ylang ylang essential oil repelled 97.1 to 99.4 percent of various species of mosquitoes. Compare that to a study published in the Journal of Insect Science that showed the DEET-based Off Deep Woods Insect Repellent repelled 94 percent of mosquitoes, Repel 100 made up of 98.11 percent DEET only had a 90 percent repellency rate, and Avon Skin-so-Soft Bug Guard which only repelled 52 percent of mosquitoes.

Using Essential Oils

There are many ways to use essential oils, including diffusing them or mixing them with water and spraying into the air for the purpose of inhalation, applying topically or ingesting. Not all oils are suitable for ingestion. So, use only oils that clearly indicate their suitability for internal use. Copaiba tends to work well when ingested but also works when applied topically.

Regardless which method you choose, make sure you select high quality, pure, undiluted essential oils. While you may end up diluting the oils yourself, most of the oils on the market are diluted in less-than-desirable oils. High quality oils cost more than the cheap varieties on the market but are worth the increased price. Many cheap varieties can also contain synthetic versions of the oils, which offer no therapeutic value and may actually be harmful. But, worse than that, many cheap oils are adulterated with solvents used during the extraction process or toxic pesticides used in the growing process of the herbs from which the oils are extracted.

After diluting the oil in carrier oil, always conduct a 48-hour patch test on a small inconspicuous part of your skin to determine whether you have any sensitivity to the essential oils. Do not discontinue any prescribed medications without the guidance of your physician. Use essential oils with caution and the advice of a qualified natural health practitioner during pregnancy.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM shares her food growing, cooking, preserving, and other food self-sufficiency adventures at FoodHouseProject.com. She is the publisher of the free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life. Follow her work.




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Martin H1 months ago

Yes, but how do these oils smell?