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Can Essential Oils Increase Energy? 

By Jodi Cohen

A bottle of "vibrant blue oils" labeled "energize" rests atop a bed of smooth pebbles with a backdrop of green foliage and flowers in soft daylight.

Essential oils offer a natural way to increase physical and mental energy. Research has shown that essential oils keep your body and mind focused and energized throughout the day by  affecting various biological factors in the body including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function that can return the body to optimal balance and energy levels.

When inhaled or topically applied, essential oils can directly influence areas of the brain that control feelings of tiredness and stress, helping you to feel more awake, focused, and energized.

Essential oils have been shown to increase circulation and blood flow to the brain. For example, essential oils can help relax and improve the health of your blood vessels. This helps more blood circulate through them, improving your circulation and increasing brain oxygen levels in the process. When inhaled, oils directly communicate with the brain, which in turn signals the body to respond with elevated energy levels.

Essential oils can be used to help your veins contract, stimulating blood flow which helps increase energy, boost memory and ward off fatigue.  Essential oils may help reduce some of the buildup of triglycerides that can form and restrict blood flow. Essential oils can also be used to improve lymphatic system functionality which can help flush out toxins and reduce inflammation of the blood vessels, improving blood flow throughout the body.

What’s more, essential oils that are high in a component called sesquiterpenes—including cedarwood, vetiver, spikenard, sandalwood, black pepper, patchouli, myrrh, ginger, and frankincense—may help oxygenate your brain. Sesqueterpines are carbon chains that do not contain oxygen molecules but seem to pull oxygen in. This may be one reason why essential oils high in sesqueterpines increase oxygen levels in the brain when inhaled or topically applied to the skin around the head.


Essential Oils to Increase Energy

Essential oils can Improves your body’s vitality and energy.  Energize is formulated from the following essential oils that are designed to reduce fatigue and help you feel energetic throughout the day.

Spearmint: Mint oils are highly stimulating and energizing.  Spearmint oil encourages a sense of focus while simultaneously uplifting mood.  Inhalation of spearmint essential oils was found to improve lung function and athletic performance in a 2016 study.

Additional studies found that spearmint essential oils enhanced mental energy, improving learning and memory.

Birch: Birch essential oil, extracted from the bark of both the White Birch and the Silver Birch trees, is a natural stimulant. It helps to stimulate the nervous, circulatory, and endocrine system.  This helps increase oxygen levels and trigger the release of hormones that boost blood sugar levels and energy.  Inflammation can also contribute to mental and physical fatigue.  Research demonstrates the anti-inflammatory benefits of the extracts of birch bark.

Birch essential oil also help improve blood circulation, boost warmth, and increase energy and vitality.

Peppermint: Peppermint essential oil contains high concentrations of the property menthol which works to alleviate fatigue and stimulate concentration. Research found that peppermint essential oil can provide a quick energy boost, alleviate fatigue, improve focus, and eliminate brain fog.  According to a study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, peppermint essential oil enhances energy, alertness and memory.

Research also shows that peppermint essential oil helps alleviate fatigue and improve exercise performance.

Myrtle: Your thyroid plays a critical role in the health of your metabolism.  Myrtle is an adaptogenic herb that can stimulate an increase or a decrease in thyroid activity.

Essential oils work like adaptogenic herbs to help the body adapt to stress. Adaptogens support better brain-gland communication, which becomes impaired under adrenal fatigue by improving the signals between the brain and the adrenals. If you are tired, adaptogens will increase your energy. If you are anxious and stimulated, essential oils will produce a calming effect.

Myrtle essential oil has been found to normalizing thyroid hormones which in turn supports healthy energy levels. Myrtle essential oil also supports healthy nerves which reduces energy drains like stress and anxiety.

Lime: Citrus essential oils, including lime, help boost energy levels and increase focus. Lime essential oil is uplifting and stimulating to the brain. It helps refresh a tired mind, relieve apathy, anxiety, and nervousness, clear thought and aid concentration.

Black Pepper:  Black pepper and its active compound piperine has been found to enhance circulation, increasing blood flow to your digestive system, which helps boost nutrient absorption. This means that your cells are better able to utilize nutrients and healing remedies when piperine is added, so much so that it is often added to supplement formulations to enhance the effectiveness of the supplement.

Dr. Datis Kharrazian found that adding black pepper to his supplement formulations increased the absorption from two to four hundred percent. It also contains copious amounts of limonene, a naturally occurring terpene that can help dissolve cholesterol that can clog veins and congest blood flow. . Piperine helps stimulate digestive enzymes, enhance digestive capacity, increase absorption in the intestines also and significantly reduce gastrointestinal food transit times.

Piperine has been shown to improve brain function in animal studies, perhaps due to its brain oxygenation properties. Piperine was found to improve memory in rats, allowing them to repeatedly run a maze more efficiently than rats not given the compound. In another rodent study, piperine extract seemed to decrease the formation of amyloid plaques, which are dense clumps of damaging protein fragments in the brain that have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Sage: Sage essential oil works as a general stimulant, activating the nervous system and the adrenal glands that produce energy stimulating hormones that help increase levels of alertness. Research found that sage essential oil improved cognitive functionality, memory and mood.

Nutmeg: Nutmeg essential oil can help with concentration and memory skills. It contains the natural organic compound myristicin—a component that can help enhance cognitive power and restrain growth of certain enzymes in the brain that are responsible for Alzheimer’s. Nutmeg can be a very stimulating essential oil that helps relieve stress, anxiety, and fatigue.  It can be especially helpful in supporting focus and motivation by stimulating the functions of the sensory nerves. Nutmeg also supports adrenal function and helps increase energy to help overcome nervous fatigue and relieve chronic fatigue syndrome.

Geranium: Geranium essential oil supports energy through its anti-inflammatory and antidepressant properties. Geranium oil contains the chemical constituent Eugenol which helps support healthy blood flow and energy. Geranium oil also calms brain inflammation that can contribute to fatigue.  Research demonstrates geranium oil’s impressive anti-neuroinflammatory effects.

Additional research found rose geranium essential oil as safe anti-inflammatory drugs.

German Chamomile: Contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce brain inflammation and support higher energy levels. Chamomile was found to support healthy levels of the energy hormone cortisol.

Chamomile can also boost mental energy and mood.  Research found that Chamomile can be supportive as a “clinically meaningful antidepressant” and  have anxiolytic, or anxiety reducing,  activity.

Myrrh: Myrrh essential oil has a warming and stimulating nature that helps promote healthy blood circulation and boost energy. Myrhh contains the active compounds terpenoids and sesquiterpenes which have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and energy supportive properties that help relieve apathy and lack of incentive or energy.


How to Use Essential Oils to Boost Energy

Inhalation is the most effective method for using essential oils to boost energy.  You can inhale Energize directly from the bottle.  Just hold the bottle under your nose for 3 or 4 breaths.  This can help promote deep breathing, which in turn oxygenates the brain and paves the way for an increase in energy levels and alertness.   You can also add a few drops of the blend on a tissue and sniff it when needed.

You can also apply it topically.  We recommend 1- 2 drops on temples, heart, liver (right front), pancreas (left front), and glands.

Energize also makes a great spritzer.  Mix a tablespoon of vodka, 12 ounces of distilled water, and 30 drops of Energize essential oil blend in a spray bottle. Shake well before use.

To aid with energy, apply 2- 3 times daily or as needed during particularly fatiguing moments. Put a few drops on a tissue and have it close, where you can smell it, when you start to feel out of control.


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About The Author

Jodi Cohen

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.