Fatigue tends to hit us at the most inconvenient times: When you still have three hours left on your work shift, while you’re studying for a school exam, or worse yet, when you’re trying to enjoy a break from work or school. So how do you fight fatigue when it creeps up on you? You could try an energy drink. But maybe you don’t want a mega-dose of caffeine. Have you ever considered using aromatherapy? There is evidence to suggest you can fight fatigue with rosemary essential oil.
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses essential oils for therapeutic reasons. People who practice aromatherapy boast about its countless number of uses, everything from elevating your mood to curing insomnia. The key to true aromatherapy is using the essential (naturally extracted) oils of plants, flowers, and herbs and not artificially created fragrances.
Why is rosemary essential oil good for fighting fatigue?
If you break down the chemical composition of rosemary, you find it has a high percentage of an oxide called 1,8 cineole. This chemical has been linked to increasing cerebral blood flow, which can help fight fatigue. In fact, a 2010 study published by the Journal of The Neurological Sciences found people with chronic fatigue have decreased cerebral blood flow. Does this mean rosemary can cure chronic fatigue? No, but at least there is some scientific evidence to show the potential of rosemary essential oil to fight fatigue.
How do I use rosemary essential oil to fight fatigue?
The best and quickest way to use rosemary essential oil for fatigue is through inhalation. Add a drop of rosemary oil to a cotton ball and inhale once in each nostril when feeling fatigued. Another more convenient option is to make a personal inhaler with rosemary essential oil. Then you will have a portable fatigue fighter with you at all times. Personal inhalers may last up to two to three months.
Bottom line, does it work?
I personally don’t have issues with fatigue, but I did a single person case study for my aromatherapy course using rosemary essential oil. The subject had fatigue issues, especially after work. I made her a personal inhaler with rosemary essential oil and gave instructions to inhale in each nostril when feeling tired. By the third day of use, the subject reported her rosemary inhaler “actually kept me up.” She is still using it one month later with success. Of course, results may vary from person to person.
(Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. If you have chronic fatigue syndrome, please speak with your primary care provider before trying aromatherapy. People who suffer from seizures should NOT use rosemary essential oil. Rosemary may also cause a temporary increase in blood pressure.)