You'd be hard-pressed to find someone in the wellness world who doesn't rely on essential oils for relaxation and mood enhancement. Some people even add drops of these fragrant oils to foods and beverages!
Essential oils are hardly reserved for those who dedicate hours of their day to meditation. In fact, many fit people use the energy boosts and calming properties of aromatherapy to enhance athletic performance.
"Aromatherapy, when used during a workout, helps us bring our body, mind, and our intentions into the present moment, thus increasing our focus and attention on any task at hand, especially our workouts," says Tracy Griffiths, a spokesperson for the essential oil company Young Living. "Because of the physiological and emotional components of the olfactory system (how our brain processes scents), we can use our sense of smell to anchor a particular feeling to a particular essential oil. Most athletes know being in a positive and empowering mindset is crucial to a successful workout."
Here are the essentials these fit women swear by.