Peppermint Oil: Using peppermint oil for endurance May 29 2014
Recent studies have suggested that peppermint oil (Mentha arvensis) can have a positive impact on athletic performance and endurance. Peppermint oil, when inhaled and absorbed, passes the blood-brain barrier in the body and this increases the transmission of oxygen and other nutrients to the organs and muscles. This can lead to an increase in respiratory function that translates to greater stamina, longer distances, and increased lung function that allows for better physical endurance.
How to use peppermint oil to boost endurance:
For a quick and revitalizing energy boost first thing in the morning, place 1-2 drops of peppermint oil in 8 to 12 ounces of water. Add stevia or honey as desired and serve over ice for a refreshing pick-me-up. This can be repeated again several times throughout the day, during physical activity, and whenever you need a pick-me-up.
For an additionally invigorating start to your day, simply add a few drops of peppermint oil to your shower. The warm water will help diffuse the oil and the energizing scent will surely assist in revving both mind and body.
Add a few drops to a spray bottle of distilled water for an enlivening room spray and air freshener. A vapor diffuser can also be great for this—simply add a few drops of peppermint oil and let the refreshing steam take over.
Place 1-2 drops on palms, rub together, and inhale before a workout or during a mid-day slump. This can help to reduce fatigue.
Place 3 drops of undiluted peppermint oil on the base of the neck, beneath the chin and on the bottoms of the feet. This will allow for both easy absorption and inhalation to maximize benefits.
For a convenient and portable muscle rub, add 10-20 drops of peppermint oil to a small spray bottle of water. Spray directly onto the sore site and massage for several minutes.
If muscles are already sore, a pre-activity rubdown is a fantastic way to warm and prepare muscles for exercise. Rub 3-5 drops generously into muscles until a warming sensation is felt.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.
Peppermint Essential Oil - 15mL bottle
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