Personal Training & Natural Bodybuilding-Can Aromatherapy Oils Help?

Most likely you’ve heard about aromatherapy oils before but did it ever occur to you that these essential oils could help with your mission to get the body you desire, and build muscle? It may seem like a bizarre concept, but actually it’s not as weird as you might think!

Keep reading to find out how these oils can help with testosterone production, muscles, weight loss, skin and more.

Essential oils have great therapeutic effects on our health. They have been used for hundreds of years all over the world. They have several mechanisms of action, which enables them to control almost all processes in body.

They can control blood pressure, metabolism, and levels of sugar, lipids, vitamins, and hormones. They are also effective against a variety of ailments and diseases such as obesity, acne, arthritis, insomnia and constipation. Some essential oils were found to suppress the rate of cell division in cancer.

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What are essentials oils? And what is aromatherapy?

Essential oils are commonly known as volatile oils. They are concentrated liquids extracted from certain parts of the plant such as stems, leaves, flowers or roots. They contain the true essence of the plants they were derived from. Aromatherapy is the medical use of these oils so as to benefit from the therapeutic effects of the plants from which they were obtained. When I say medical, I refer to complementary therapies. Essential oils are for example, lavender, anise, jasmine, sandalwood and camphor, and many more.

Who should use aromatherapy oils?

Aromatherapy oils or essential oils – EOs – are like supplements. They can help all of us, with a few exceptions, where there may be contra-indications, such as certain oils for pregnant women. They can aid in strengthening your body for natural bodybuilding, personal training, plus improve mental functions and help you to resist infections.

How are they used?

Actually all EOs are not the same. For example, some EOs relax and help you sleep, others stimulate brain and make you active. According to the purpose needed, you can choose the suitable oil. Here, we are going to show you how to choose the best one and how to use it.

Aromatherapy oils for personal training & natural bodybuilding

A recent study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition proved that aromatherapy oils are very beneficial for natural bodybuilding. EOs were found to relieve muscle pain associated with training due to the sprains and strains, which helps you train harder, longer, and build up your body.

The study recommended these 10 oils:
Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, Sweat Marjoram, Roman chamomile, Ginger, Sandalwood, Eucalyptus, Thyme and Juniper.

  • They are effective against muscle pain and muscle spasm.
  • They are effective against arthritis and sprains.
  • They are powerful analgesics since they directly sedate nervous system.
  • They help relax and sleep well.

Consuming 0.5 ml peppermint oil in a drink for 10 consecutive days was found to improve body performance since it increases respiratory system efficiency through increasing capacity of lungs, oxygen supply to muscle cells, and its inhibitory effect on blood pressure.

Mixing a few drops of 3 or more of these oils and using them via massage will increase blood supply to your muscles, which will relieve spasm, stress, and also help your muscles grow. I discuss this and other conditions that the oils may help further below.

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Essential oils for weight loss

According to research published at the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, it was found that some EOs help reduce weight. Here is the mechanism:

EOs liberate odour molecules. These molecules stimulate the olfactory nerve present in your nose (this is the nerve responsible for smell). The olfactory nerve sends impulses to a certain part of the hypothalamus. This part was found to be responsible for satiety or sense of fullness of appetite and emotional response to food. Some odours can stimulate this part and then your appetite increases, but other aromas can suppress it such as EOs.

Grapefruit oil contains 2 active constituents: Limonene and Citral.

Citral not only increases the metabolism but also suppresses the build-up of fats by since it inhibits formation of fats cells.

And here are the most recommended EOs for weight loss:
1- Peppermint oil
2- Fennel oil.
3-Grapefruit oil
4- Lemon myrtle oil
5- Ocotea oil

These oils improve digestion, increase metabolism, prevent water retention, suppress craving for sweets and then reduce weight. They also have anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and anti- parasitic actions.

Essential oils for skin problems

Essential oils are are highly recommended for skin care and very effective against skin problems such as acne, ageing, psoriasis and eczema.

According to the well-known structures and mechanisms of action of EOs, they were found to:
1. Act as natural antibiotics since they have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
2. Act as a natural skin barrier. They form a protective layer above skin, which protects the skin from free radicals in the air, and the harmful sun rays.
3. Be effective against warts since they contain very powerful anti-viral properties.
4. Smooth, moisturise and nourish skin.
5. Prevent skin ageing since they increase turnover of skin cells (rate of cells regeneration), increase blood supply to cells and reduce wrinkles.
6. Increase healing rate of pores, wounds, scars and burns, and tighten skin.
7. Treat acne because of their dual action on bacteria and regulation oil production.
8. Lower cortisol level in blood to normal limits. Cortisol is mainly responsible for skin defects.

And here are the best oils listed according to the conditions they may help with:

For skin problems:
Oils are used topically after being diluted with carrier oil. Dilution should be done till a maximum of 5% which means that you add 1ml of the carrier oil, equating to 20 drops, for each one drop of the essential oil. .

For Aging:
Use Tangerine, Ylang-ylang, Patchouli, or Sandalwood.

For Acne:
Use Frankincense or Geranium.

For Oily Skin:
Use Orange, Bergamot and Geranium.

For dry and chapped skin:
Use Geranium, Myrrh, Roman or German Chamomile

For combination skin:
Use Patchouli, Lavender and Bergamot.

For breakouts and blemishes:
Use Melaleuca Alternifolia (extracted from tea tree but it differs from tea plant that is used to make green and black teas), Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli

For red marks and dark spots:
Use Lavender, Lemon and Frankincense.

Aromatherapy oils for muscles, weight loss and more..:

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For testosterone production

In Europe there have studies which show that if you inhaling the essential oil – Clary Sage – this oxygenates and stimulates your brain, which then releases LH (luteinising hormone) which is for testosterone production.

For relieving muscle pain, spasm or arthritis:
Add 0.5 ml of peppermint into a glass of water, mix will and use it for 10 days.

Or

Mix a few drops of 3 or more of the specified oils, equating to 2-3 drops for each. Dilute the mixture with carrier oil such as Kukui Nut oil, Sweet almond oil or Olive oil. And then combine the mixture with massage either after exercise or at stressful times. It also will be very effective, if you add the mixture to your bath.

Here are those oils again:

Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, Sweat Marjoram, Roman chamomile, Ginger, Sandalwood, Eucalyptus, Thyme and Juniper.

For weight loss:
Place few drops of Peppermint oil in a glass of water before each meal, or inhale it.

Or

Add 7 drops of grapefruit oil into 2 litres of water. Shake well and drink before meals. Grapefruit has a nice taste. Use it daily as a substitute for juice.

Or

Start with 1 drop of Ocotea oil under the tongue, two times per day for one weak. Then double the dose.

It is also recommended to combine two or three of these oils. Then keep using them for 2 months at least. Then you will see the results yourself.

Diabetes – those with diabetes can use Ocotea because of its anti-diabetic effect.

Those with epilepsy should avoid fennel since it may trigger seizures.

 

Special warnings before use:

– Make sure that you use pure EOs and not the adulterated, cheap ones.

– Essential oils are concentrated. They should be diluted at first.

– Using concentrated oils may cause severe irritation.

– Orally used EOs should be diluted with water.

– Topically applied EOs should be diluted with carrier oils.

– Make sure that you don’t have any allergic reaction against the specified EOs by doing the allergy test.

– Place light layer of the EOs on your arm and wait to see the results.

– Some oils may pass placenta or secrete in milk. If you’re pregnant or lactating woman, make sure to talk to your physician or     pharmacist about the oils which you use.

– EOs should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal, or in open wounds.

Essential oils are like any other drugs which should be used properly so as to obtain the benefits and to avoid their side effects. Ensure you check with your medical practitioner or a qualified aromatherapist before using.
This article is NOT intended to be used as medical advice.

Co-author and researcher – Pharmacology expert – Ezat Mohammed El-Dkak

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