• 5 Essential Oils for Fatigue & Exhaustion

    Chronic pain and fatigue

    Fatigue and exhaustion can take their toll on both your mental and physical health.  Just about everyone experiences them at some point in their life, but people living with chronic pain or chronic fatigue experience them everyday. Since March is National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness month, I thought there was no better time to address the topic of fatigue (chronic or otherwise) and give you a few tools to help you deal with it when it strikes. Of course it’s better if you can prevent fatigue and exhaustion in the first place with a solid stress reduction and self-care plan, but unfortunately that’s not an option for everyone since you can’t prevent the effects of chronic illness. What you can do, however, is find ways to lessen the impact. Below are 5 of the best essential oils to use when fatigue or exhaustion set in.

    • Basil – is a mental stimulant. The scent can help aid concentration, sharpen the Rosemary essential oilsenses, and have an uplifting effect of depression. *Caution: Only a small amount is needed, it can be stupefying when over used. Less is more with this oil.
    • Eucalyptus – has many actions that can help when you’re fatigued. It stimulates the mind and aids concentration. It can also help reduce rheumatic pain (especially when paired with juniper); and reduced pain will naturally raise energy levels in the body.
    • Geranium – is the great balancer. It has an uplifting aroma and is an emotional balancer that is especially helpful with anxiety and depression (so could be very beneficial to those with both chronic pain/fatigue AND depression &/or anxiety). Geranium is also balancing to the mind through it’s stress relieving properties. It also balances the hormonal system and is therefore a great oil to use if you find yourself fatigued each month around the same time. *Can be slightly stimulating to some so best to not use this oil within 2-3 hours of bedtime.
    • Peppermint – is an excellent oil to relieve mental fatigue. *Do not use if you take or use homeopathic preparations as it antidotes them.
    • Rosemary – is a highly stimulating oil. It clears the head, aids memory, and enlivens the brain. *Don’t use this oil within 6 hours of bedtime. I’ve known more than one aromatherapist, myself included, to be wide awake at 3am because they worked with Rosemary too close to bedtime. ** Do not use Rosemary if you have epilepsy, high blood pressure, or are pregnant.

    To get the benefit of these oils, all you need to do is smell them. You can use a diffusor, a moistened cotton ball or tissue in a baggie, or smell them right out of the bottle. They can also be applied to the body and worn as “perfume” if diluted (20 drops per ounce of oil or lotion used for diluting – less if you are sensitive to smells or medications or if you have sensitive skin). These oils are no substitute for taking care of yourself the way you should, but  they can be a great tool in your self-care toolbox.

    Do you have a different essential oil that you use to combat fatigue or exhaustion? If so, I’d love to hear it. Just leave a comment below. And while your there, why not share this with all your peeps in social media land? There are even handy share buttons to make it one-click quick.

3 Responses so far.

  1. I use peppermint all the time. I don’t understand what you mean by “Do not use if you take or use homeopathic preparations as it antidotes them.” Can you clarify what homeopathic preparations are so I can be sure I’m using it correctly. Thanks!

    • Michelle Doetsch says:

      Great Question Carolyn! Homeopathic preparations come in several forms, the most common being the small round “pellets” that are placed under the tongue to dissolve; they usually come in a tube with a dispenser built into the cap, but some naturopathic and homeopathic doctors offer them in very small jars without a dispenser. If you’re taking an oral homeopathic you’ll likely know that it’s homeopathic. But homeopathics also come in topical creams, gels, and ointments and you may not realize that they’re homeopathic. For those, you’d need to check the label – topical homeopathics should say “homeopathic preparation” (or something similar) somewhere on the label. The most common topical homeopathics sold here in W. Michigan are arnica (for sore muscles and bruises), calendula (for minor cuts and burns), and thuja (for warts). In addition to not using peppermint oil if you’re using a homeopathic preparation, you’ll also want to store them separately just to be safe as I’ve heard of cases of antidoting when they were stored together.