How Athletes Use Essential Oils


dōTERRA offers high-quality, bio-available supplements that give your body the clean nourishment it needs. 

Topical Relief

Apply before exercise to increase blood flow. Use after exercise to ease muscle stiffness.

Clean Living

Toxin-free choices for lifestyle products you use every day help you live as clean as possible. 


dōTERRA' Lifelong Vitality supplement system is the backbone of any supplementation program. This set features Omega 3 essential fatty acids, highly bio-available vitamins and minerals, and an antioxidant/cellular renewal supplement that energizes and keeps you feeling your best.  

dōTERRA also offers a range of specialty supplements to help each person fine-tune their nutrition for their specific needs. 

Deep Blue Polyphenol offers a powerful, natural way to relieve inflammation. Mito2Max is formulated specifically for athletes, packed full of energy co-factors like acetyl-l-carnetine and alpha lipoic that work to produce energy naturally, on a cellular level. 

No artificial stimulants, and no fairy dust either.

Muscle Support & Relief

Whether you’re warming up for an intense workout or trying to recover afterward, it is important to take care of your muscles. Massaging essential oils with warming or cooling properties to areas like the legs, feet, arms, shoulders, back, and neck provide soothing comfort to muscles.

Some essential oils with warming properties include:
  • Frankincense
  • Wintergreen
  • Clove

Some essential oils with cooling properties include: 
  • Cardamom
  • Peppermint
  • Deep Blue Soothing Blend

You can apply essential oils before your warmup or stretching routine to help prepare your body for physical activity. When you’ve finished a workout, you can massage them in again to soothe your tired muscles.


Hydration is key to overall health, but it’s especially important before, during, and after a workout. Because our bodies lose water when we sweat, it’s vital to replenish the body with water and stay hydrated. Dehydration will weaken your body and can even lead to serious health issues.

Turn plain water into a refreshing, flavorful beverage with the addition of essential oils. Citrus essential oils like Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange and Bergamot  can add a tasty, invigorating flavor to your water. Consider adding a few drops of an oil to your water before a workout to help make sure you get the hydration you need.  

Clear Breathing

One of the most important elements in a successful workout is the ability to take clear, deep breaths as your heart rate increases. If your breathing is limited, it’ll be difficult to get enough oxygen, and you’ll notice decreased performance during your workout. To maintain feelings of clear breathing during your workout, try using essential oils that are known to promote feelings of clear airways. Consider applying essential oils like Eucalyptus, Peppermint, or Easy Air to your chest and neck before a workout to create an invigorating vapor and promote feelings of clear airways. 

Participants did more push-ups, ran faster, and showed a trend toward stronger grip strength in the peppermint odor condition than in the non-odorized control condition.

—Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 2001, 23, 156-160

Resting & Combatting Fatigue

Your body needs time to recuperate, and a lack of rest between workouts can lead to injuries from overworking the body. By using essential oils with calming and relaxing properties, you can ensure that you get proper rest before your next workout. Here are a few ideas for using essential oils to promote rest and relaxation, as well as fight fatigue between workouts. 

Essential oils like Lavender or doTERRA's Serenity Restful Blend help create a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom, that is conducive to sleep. 

You could also combine a few drops of a soothing essential oil like Balance blend, Roman Chamomile or Lavender with some Epsom Salts to create a relaxing soak that will calm the body and relax the mind.