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Best Essential Oils For Before & After Exercise (Improved recovery, increased fat burning and more)

Exercising is good for the mind and body, but muscle pain or soreness can happen and the feeling is definitely annoying. Any discomfort felt in the body can interfere with your daily routine. Luckily, essential oils have tons of healing properties to offer and they can help you get the most out of your workouts. They do not only help you relax, but also provide a non-invasive way of helping you recover faster from exercise. You can use these oils before and after every workout, and this guide will teach you how to do it.

Best Essential Oils – Before & After Exercise

Best Essential Oils For Before Activity

You always follow a routine whenever you prepare for a workout. It might include choosing what clothes to wear, what food to eat, which pair of shoes to use, and so on. Before beginning your exercise, make sure to use essential oils to boost your mood and energy! They can also help prepare your muscles for the activity, allowing you to recover faster. You can choose from the following:

Helps with joint inflammation – Peppermint

“Peppermint has been shown to be a painkiller, and has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antioxidant effects. Those effects are useful for performance, exercise recovery, and health. Just the smell of peppermint has been shown to reduce perceived effort”. Source

Help burning calories – Lemon

“Lemongrass essential oil gives energy and supports weight management. It contains high levels of citral, a compound that supports the production of heat (known as thermogenesis) in the body when consumed. This helps you burn more calories and get a more effective workout. Four to six drops of Lemongrass essential oil applied to your skin or feet before your workout also helps to ramp up energy and endurance.” Source

Improved respiratory function – Eucalyptus

“Inhaling it can support healthy respiratory function, in a spray bottle can help with cooling the body {hello summer training!}.” Source

Prevent the onset of illness – black pepper

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“The long-term use of antibiotics has resulted in the evolution of multi-drug-resistant bacteria. Research published in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology found that black pepper extract contains anti-virulence properties, meaning it targets bacterial virulence without affecting cell viability, which may be less prone to the development of drug resistance.” Source


Best Essential Oils For After Activity

After exercise, your muscles will be tired and inflamed. This is normal, but the soreness can hinder you from enjoying the rest of the day. It may even prevent you from exercising again the following morning. Using essential oils on your muscles after each workout can help with the recovery and injury prevention.

You can follow the same method that you have done prior to your workout. Another option is to pour drops of essential oils into your bath containing Epsom salts for faster recovery. When choosing which oils to use, you have to consider the healing qualities of each one of them but here are the best of the best for post-exercise.

For help with recovery – Marjoram

“marjoram oil reduces the pain associated with colds, fevers, inflammation, overexertion of muscles, toothaches, headaches and numerous other sources.” Source

Other inflammation fighters: geranium, German chamomile, juniper, helichrysum, rose and lavender.

For muscle relaxation – Juniper

“Juniper essential oil is great for relieving muscle pain and spasms related to nerve pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Regularly using this treatment will also help alleviate nerve pain.” Source

Other oils for muscle relaxation: Marjoram, lavender, and rosemary.

For soothing muscles – Pine

“Pine oil is soothing stressed muscles following exercise. And is often added to baths and saunas for mental and emotional fatigue.” Source

For regeneration and muscle repair – Rosewood

Relieves pain. Rosewood oil is a mild analgesic (not as strong as other herbal oils) that can help alleviate headaches, toothaches and muscle and joint pain. Source

Others that help: juniper, eucalyptus, lemongrass, orange, cedarwood, and geranium.

Epsom salt baths & essential oils after exercise:

For your Epsom salt bath with essential oils, simply add six drops of your preferred oils into a cup of Epsom salts before tossing the mixture into your bath water. Make sure to mix well to dissolve. Never ever add the oils directly into your bath as they will just float on the surface. Soak your tired body for up to 20 minutes for maximum relaxation.


Essential oils have plenty to offer when it comes to relaxation and healing. You can use them to boost your mood and energy levels prior to your workout, and apply them again afterwards to encourage recovery. Exercising is essential to stay fit and healthy, but proper preparation and recovery will help you keep going.

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About the author


Thank you for reading my article! I am Holly Nunan, a mother of three daughters aged four, six and eight. I'm an Exercise Physiologist with a passion for exercise, fitness, raising healthy children and natural and alternative remedies. I have a simple mission to help each reader that comes to our website to take away one new piece of healthy information that they can immediately apply to their life. If I've helped you find that today, it's mission accomplished!