Whether mentally or physically, there are times when we can all get run down, exhausted and fatigued, or just unable to think straight anymore. As humans we are all guilty of doing more than we have energy for sometimes, and pushing our limits.
Instead of reaching for that sugary energy drink that will just make you crash again an hour later, or (another!) cup of coffee that will keep you up or night try a natural energy booster instead.
A quick energy boost
Here I have listed my favourite essential oils for a quick energy boost and pick-me-up at any time of the day. You can mix your favourite with a little almond oil to carry around with you, and rub on your temples, wrists, back of the neck or ear lobes. Or just inhale the scent for a few minutes to feel their effects:
Peppermint oil has a sharp, minty scent, great for waking you up first thing in the morning or mid afternoon
Ginger oil has a strong, spicy scent and a warming effect when rubbed onto the skin. It is great for increasing blood circulation round your body, which in turn increases the blood flow to your brain improving cognitive function and helping you to focus.
Orange & Lemon
Both Orange and Lemon oil have a lovely refreshing citrus scent that immediately clear your mind and give you an uplifting feeling and renewed sense of energy and purpose.
Black pepper oil had a strong, spicy and very sharp aroma. It also a oil that has a warming effect in contact with the skin. It can reduce feelings of lethargy, and fatigue both mentally and in the muscles.
Juniper oil is refreshing and slightly woody scented, and a great detoxifying oil. It is cleansing for both the mind and spirit. It is a good oil to use for when you are feeling emotionally drained.
Rosemary Oil is a lovely herbal, warm aroma and can be used as both a physical and mental stimulant. It is both uplifting, and energising.
Long term energy boosters
For a more long term management to reduce fatigue, exhaustion and even adrenal fatigue, try adding these things into your daily routine:
Chia seeds are full of iron and essential omegas all essential nutrients your body needs to boost your energy levels and keep you alert.
They are so easy to add into your diet. Just add a spoonful to a smoothie or sprinkle on your morning breakfast. Or you can try a yummy chia pudding dessert such as this one.
Vegetables provide you with so many vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Start adding vegetables to a morning smoothie if you struggle to eat them throughout the day. Lots of leafy greens such as spinach and kale, carrots and beetroot mixed with just half an apple and coconut water is still sweet and yummy enough that you won’t even notice it’s vegetables!
Ps. Making your own smoothies ensures they don’t include all the hidden sugars and preservatives from shop bought smoothies. Which can do more damage than good
Staying hydrated is hugely important to keeping your body and mind working properly and at its optimum. Our bodies are mostly made up of water! Feeling tired or aches is one of the first signs of dehydration.
Drink lots of water throughout the day – 6 pints is the daily recommended average amount, but if you’re exercising too ideally it should be higher.
You can also add a glass of coconut water (naturally flavoured with lemon and honey if you wish) into the mix. Coconut water is not only a great way to stay hydrated, but it will also replace essential electrolytes you sweat out throughout the day.
This vitamin is especially important if you are vegetarian or vegan as vitamin B12 is most commonly found in meat. B12, also know as the energy vitamin, is essential for your body to produce happy healthy red blood cells and energy.
Green tea is a perfect substitute to coffee as an energy booster. Because it’s all natural you don’t get any of the energy crashes once it wears off, and no processed ingredients or stimulants to keep you up at night!
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants. These help your body fight toxins and cell damage, as well as lots of anti ageing and free radical fighting properties. If you want even more benefits from green tea you can also try Matcha green tea. A more concentrated, powder form of the tea leaves.
Adaptogens are a unique class of powerful healing herbs that work with your body to deal with its stress response and naturally relieve stress.
Specifically these are Indian ginseng (Ashwagandha), Rhodiola rosea, Holy basil, Panax ginseng, Licorice root, and what are called cordycep mushrooms – reishi, shiitake and maitake.
They all deal with the hormones released by your bodies natural stress response; cortisol. High levels of cortisol released over a period of time affect your nervous system, lead to chronic exhaustion, and problems with your thyroid. This can lead to burnt out adrenal glands and adrenal fatigue.
Adaptogens work by balancing, restoring and protecting the body, working to restore normal physiological functions.
Slowing down, living more mindfully, and being more selective with your time is the best antidote to a busy over worked system. But when that isn’t always possible I hope that a combination of these herbal, all natural energy boosters can help you.