My New Love: Essential Oils 

Maybe I’m late to the game. I heard about how great essential oils were but I was always kind of like, “really, how good can that be?” Apparently the answer is really good. 

I am currently taking a bath with eucalyptus and peppermint oils because this sickness won’t quit. I think the worst part of it all is that I simply don’t get sick (I attribute that largely to the copious amounts of Nuun I drink on a regular basis.) So me getting sick enough to not have the energy to even take the dog for a walk is, well, stupid. 

Back to the essential oils. 

A year ago when we were going through all the separation anxiety and scratching with Dunkin, we took him to a homeopathic vet who regularly used essential oils (among other remedies), especially for calming pets down when they came to appointments. Maybe it was the acupuncture, or maybe it was the lavender oil she used, but D was always so relaxed. I bought a set of oils, which included some lavender, to use  on his itchy pits and when he was anxious over noises and storms. I never really noticed if it actually worked, though. I also never opened the other five oils I received. 

Flash forward to this Christmas and J’s mom gifted me a diffuser for my oils! I was mostly just thinking about how my home would smell nice, but not about the benefits the oils would have. We started to use the lavender to calm Dunkin down when we left the house, which in conjunction with his Prozac (yes, we finally had to go to the vet for additional help) seems to be working amazingly. Check. I’m a fan of lavender. 

Now I started to look into the other oils I have. I’m not a fan of ice baths, especially in winter training months, but Epsom salt baths? I can get down with that regularly. So I took some Epsom salt baths, then that turned into adding oils instead for relief. I’ve been fond of peppermint oil and lavender oil to relax and soothe muscles after my long runs or hard workouts. Typically I’ll shower after my long run as usual and then the following day/night, soak in a bath as hot as I can stand it with 5-6 drops of each oil. 

Does it work? I don’t know, but I sure like the way I smell and I do feel relaxed afterwards. I haven’t been hitting any crazy runs yet for cumulative fatigue, but my legs feel refreshed for almost every run.  Ask me how I feel in a couple months!

PS – a day after the bath & day of EOs, I feel fantastic, so I’ll keep doing what I do, I think. 

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Brittany

Just a 20-something homegrown Buffalo sports loving, distance running, gin drinking kind of girl.

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