Top 6 Essential Oils for Your Workouts

I never leave home without my essential oils. In fact, there’s not a day that goes by in which I don’t use them for something in my life.

As you might know, nature has a lot to offer when it comes to tools we can use to take care of our bodies.  If you’re an active person – runner, yogi, triathlete, mountain biker, or you’re into staying fit and ready for all the adventures life brings – then you probably have some challenges when it comes to feeling your best.

Let’s face it – as an athlete or fitness junkie, you’re often pretty hard on your body!  You run trails that make you feel like you’ve been tossed and thrown about, and you go through training sessions that leave you a bit stiff for a couple days.

I have muscle aches and stiffness, dips in my energy, sleep challenges, and seasonal issues that have put me on a search for nature’s solution to these issues. That’s when I discovered essential oils.

There are so many reasons to incorporate essential oils into your life, but here I’d like to share the benefits of essential oils when it comes to training and workouts.

Discover how you can use #essentialoils before your next #run or #workout for more energy, ease, and less aches: @JenniHulburt

Top 6 Essential Oils for Athletes


Wake up your senses and get a natural energy boost with Peppermint! In this study, taking Peppermint essential oil internally was shown to improve respiratory function and exercise performance. I also use Peppermint internally to promote good digestive health.

After a hard training session or race, I’m sure you have some sore muscles and joints. I love Peppermint for soothing the aches, especially in a doTERRA blend called Deep Blue – Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus. It’s perfect for a soothing massage after a long workout (or after long hours on the computer).

How to Use It:

  • Rub Peppermint or Deep Blue on your fingers, wrists, shoulders, and neck, or apply on feet and knees before and after exercise.
  • Diffuse Peppermint when feeling fatigued or low on energy
  • Take Peppermint internally to promote healthy respiratory function and clear breathing
  • Apply Peppermint to neck and forehead with Lavender to relieve feelings of tension




Lavender has a long list of benefits. It has been widely used for its relaxing qualities, but it’s really all things “calming” as it soothes occasional skin irritations and reduces appearance of skin imperfections. Apply a couple drops of lavender diluted with fracionated coconut oil to cuts or scrapes (or chafing!) to soothe and support repair.

Lavender can help ease feelings of tension in the body, so add some to your bath water to soak away stress after a hard workout.  Do this before bed for a more restful sleep, or add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or the bottoms of your feet. This study showed it actually helped improve sleep and mood!

How to Use It:

  • Diffuse it while you sleep
  • Apply to skin irritations, sunburn, or tense areas
  • Add to bath water or mix with water and mist onto pillows and bedding.


Melaleuca has an herbaceous, green aroma.  It’s best known for its purifying qualities, which make it useful for cleansing the skin and home surfaces, purifying the air, or promoting healthy immune function. I frequently use it on skin irritations to soothe the skin. Took a hard fall on the trail? Melaleuca to the rescue! Apply a couple drops diluted with fractionated coconut oil to the area to support repair.

How To Use It:

  • For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area (dilute for young or sensitive skin).
  • Add 1–2 drops to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps to support healthy immune system function.
  • Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.
  • Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keeps nails looking healthy.
  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.


This essential oil opens your airways and allows for easier breathing like no other oil!  It can actually boost the immune response simply by inhaling.  You can try adding a couple drops of Eucalyptus to your chest for easier breathing, or add 5 drops of Eucalyptus and 5 drops Peppermint to a 2 oz. spray bottle filled with water to help cool the body during summer training!

Eucalyptus also has purifying properties that can be beneficial for the skin, for cleansing surfaces, and for cleaning the air. I love the fresh scent of Eucalyptus, and if you need to wake up the body for a race or training session, take a couple drops in your hands and breathe deeply over the nose and mouth.

One of the blends I love using before a workout is doTERRA’s Breathe essential oil blend – peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, melaleuca, ravensara, laurel leaf, and cardamom. It’s the go-to oil for those with respiratory issues.  The Breathe blend was one of my husband’s first experience with these essential oils, and he was hooked. You can read about that story here.

How to Use It:

  • Combine with Lemon and Peppermint in a spray bottle and use it to wipe down surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom.
  • Make a cooling spray with 5 drops of Eucalyptus and 5 drops Peppermint to a 2 oz. spray bottle to help cool the body during summer training.
  • Before or during a workout (or even while showering) place a few drops in the hands, place over nose, and inhale deeply to invigorate and promote vitality.

Wild Orange

Sweet, fresh, citrus – wild orange essential oil is cold pressed from the peel and known for its energizing aroma! High in monoterpenes, Wild Orange possesses stimulating and purifying qualities, making it ideal to support healthy immune system function when seasonal threats are high. Hard workouts can take a toll on your body at a cellular level, but Wild Orange contains powerful antioxidants that help maintain overall health.

I love to diffuse wild orange for an afternoon pick-me-up, and purifying the air. It’s wonderful when combined with other essential oils like Peppermint or Basil.

Wild Orange is part of doTERRA’s On Guard blend – a proprietary essential oil blend which provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support. On Guard can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function and support healthy cardiovascular function. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner!

How to Use It:

  • Use Wild Orange or On Guard in an all-purpose spray to cleanse and purify surfaces.
  • Add a drop to your water every day for a burst of flavor and to promote overall health.
  • Diffuse to uplift mood and energy levels and to freshen the air.
  • For an energizing boost, dispense one to two drops of Wild Orange in the palm of your hand along with equal parts Peppermint and Frankincense. Rub palms together and inhale deeply from palms, then rub on the back of neck.


Basil is one of my favorite oils for feeling more refreshed. It has a spicy, yet herbal aroma known to reduce anxious feelings. Use it before a big race to help you relax and focus. Basil provides great benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application to help reduce feelings of tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck. I diffuse basil (with 2 drops each of lemon, basil, and peppermint) to promote focus and a stress-relieving experience.

Basil also acts as a cooling agent for the skin, and may help ease monthly feminine discomfort. It also supports the adrenal glands, which could use a boost with the added stress of hard workouts or long runs!

How To Use It:

  • Diffuse to promote a sense of focus before a race or workout.
  • Massage with a couple drops of peppermint and carrier oil on back of neck for a stress-relieving experience.
  • Take a drop internally to provide soothing support during menstrual cycle.
  • Apply 2-3 drops diluted with a carrier oil, to your low back, to support adrenal gland function.

These six oils are a great place to begin if you’re looking to support your body naturally as an athlete. I hope you’ll consider bringing them into your life!  For more information on choosing and using essential oils, click here.

If you need help choosing the right oil for you, or if you’d like to get your own starter kit (like the Athlete’s Kit pictured below!) click here or contact me. 

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*The statements in this post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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