How to Use MONQ Essential Oils Before and After Your Workout

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Pre-Workout Pump and Post-Workout Gains with Essential Oils

Sometimes, having the energy to get in a workout almost every day is difficult. And even if you aren’t a competitive athlete, being able to exercise harder and for longer can still be beneficial.

Whether it be eating a snack high in carbs, taking supplements, or using pre-workout, pre-workout energy boosts and post-workout muscle-builders are high in demand. Consider incorporating essential oils before and after your workout to increase energy, decrease soreness, and provide a range of other health benefits.

Pre-Workout Essential Oils

Even the most dedicated athlete will have days when they just can’t be bothered to go to the gym, and days when they are struggling to perform. They might wrestle with a lack of motivation, low energy, or feel mildly congested from a cold.

At times like that that, a great option is to use essential oils to make the initial process of getting started a little bit easier. There is a lot of evidence that demonstrates that essential oils boost immune system function, improve performance, and soothe sore muscles and joints.

Increasing Energy with Peppermint Essential Oilworkout

According to research by Abbass Meamarbashi and Ali Rajab into the effects of peppermint on exercise performance, the oil can have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and vasoconstricting effects. Though the oil was not found to have a long-term impact on performance, in the short term, inhaling peppermint essential oil helped improve nasal airflow, which consequently improved the flow of oxygen to the muscles and the brain.1

There have been similar studies conducted on the use of topical essential oils, with one study on women with fibromyalgia finding that the women experienced a moderate increase in physical function from using essential oils while exercising.2

lemon treeBoosting Respiratory Function with Lemon and Eucalyptus Essential Oils

Another great benefit that can allow you to achieve better workouts is boosting your respiratory function because it will enable you to breathe better throughout each workout which can limit exhaustion rate. Along with this, it will allow you to provide more oxygen to your muscles, which can keep your workouts going longer.

The best essential oils for respiratory support include cardamom, cypress, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, and frankincense essential oils. A few minutes before exercise, try applying a couple of drops of peppermint essential oils to the chest to increase oxygen flow. Alternatively, take some of these scents with you to the gym with a portable essential oil diffuser like Healthy, Active, or Vibrant MONQ.

Supporting Immune System Function with Turmeric and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oils

Something that could potentially keep you away from the gym would be getting sick. The best way to avoid having to rest up and get better would be to use essential oils as a means to boost your immune system function. This can keep you fully active and avoid long recovery times, which can completely ruin your motivation and gains in the gym.

There are a variety of essential oils that can help provide a significant boost to your immune system but some of the most effective are turmeric, cinnamon leaf, and marjoram essential oils.

sleep qualityImproving Sleep Quality with Sleep MONQ

Another factor that may be contributing to your lack of energy is the inability to get a good night’s sleep. Many people suffer from an inability to get the kind of rest needed to fully recover each day. When you don’t get the rest that is required, it can be very difficult for your body to go through the necessary repair cycles you need to recover from your workouts.

As a result, when you’re sleep deprived, you will simply not get the kind of performance that can deliver desirable results in the gym. By using essential oils to improve your ability to sleep better, you will maximize your energy levels each day and decrease your recovery time, allowing for more effective daily workouts.

Some of the best essential oils for improving sleep quality are lavender, clary sage, and ylang-ylang, all of which can be found in the Sleepy diffuser, alternatively, add a few drops of the bottled Sleepy blend to a room diffuser for longer-lasting exposure to these essential oils.

Post-Workout Essential OilsActive MONQ Essential Oil Diffuser In Hand

After your workout, you will most likely want to try something that is anti-inflammatory, relaxing, and rejuvenating. The rosemary in Active diffuser certainly fits the bill in that respect, and the chamomile in the Sleepy diffuser will help you to relax as well, which can be quite useful after a difficult workout. Another option to help you settle back down after a high-energy workout is the Zen diffuser, which includes sweet orange and frankincense. After you’ve settled in, try using some of the essential oils highlighted below to recover and make progress after your workout.

lavender fieldReducing Inflammation with Lavender and Eucalyptus Essential Oil

One of the biggest contributing factors to not wanting to workout is soreness. By using essential oils with analgesic compounds, you will be able to minimize the pain associated with working out and recovering from hard workouts.

Some of the best essential oils for faster recovery of muscles are lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oil. In fact, there have been several studies that have shown lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to help minimize inflammation throughout the body.3

Stimulating Weight Loss with Grapefruit and Ginger Essential Oilsgrapefruit

Believe it or not, some essential oils can help increase weight loss, one of which is grapefruit essential oil which acts as a lymphatic stimulant and diuretic. It is known to help minimize cravings that you might otherwise experience throughout the day, which can get you in trouble when it comes to being able to achieve optimal weight loss.

Another effective essential oil that can be used to assist with your weight loss goals would be ginger essential oil, which has been shown to reduce sugar cravings and improve digestion.

Conclusion: Importance of Having a Routine

A large part of athletic performance comes down to psychology. You can train your body to get stronger and have more endurance, but pushing the limits of your performance are things that are both physical and mental.

Coming up with a diet and exercise plan that works for, all while making sure that you’re keeping your body in peak shape—taking time to relax, keeping your energy levels up, recovering from your workouts—is the key to getting the most out of your workout.


Taylor James

By Taylor James

Taylor is an aromatherapy enthusiast who’s favorite use of essential oils is through a portable diffuser created by MONQ. In her spare time you can find her enjoying nature whether it be on a lake or in a forest.

Favorite MONQ blend: Forest

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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