Using Essential Oils for Running

Posted March 22, 2016 in essential oils, running, half-marathon training, half-marathon, run, healthy living, supplements

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I started using essential oils about a year ago, and I've been amazed at how they can supplement my healthy lifestyle. 

I add a few drops of lemon essential oil to warm water every morning to help aid digestion. I rub peppermint essential oil on my temples and neck when I have headaches. I use a blend of oils meant to help relieve stress at night to help me sleep. And I diffuse a variety of oils in my diffusers at home and at work. 

But I recently began wondering how I could use essential oils to increase my performance or aid in my recovery from running. I'm currently training for a half-marathon, and can use all the help I can get! 

So I asked Sarah Sutton, a registered yoga teacher and Young Living distributor/essential oil educator, to share some insight on oils and running. 

I took Sarah's essential oils and chakras workshop last November and I've been taking her yin yoga classes. She is a wonderful teacher, very nurturing, kind and warm. So I was very excited that she agreed to share her knowledge about essential oils here on Sweet Success!

Here's what Sarah had to say…


Spring is in swing and it’s that time of the year to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air!

The sound of the birds and the warmth of the sunshine can’t be beat. Many people are ditching the treadmills for the trails in preparation for spring races.

Whether you are running your first 5k or are a seasoned marathoner, everyone can use a little extra support when it comes to a running routine. As a former marathoner, I know both the joys and challenges of training. Essential oils are a fantastic way to support your wellness and keep you on track! 

Here are some of my top picks for fitness enthusiasts, especially runners!

Peppermint Vitality Oil

Bottom line, not all essential oils are created equally! I use Young Living because of their Seed to Seal promise which is unmatched by any other line. These essential oils are 100% pure, therapeutic grade and the Vitality collection is FDA approved for dietary use. Here is why Peppermint Vitality is a runner’s best friend:

  1. Improved running performance. Scientific studies including publications by Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition support the effectiveness of peppermint essential oil on exercise performance.
  2. Digestive support. Peppermint can be used for common stomach discomforts such as pre-race jitters or queasiness on long training runs.

Add a drop of Peppermint Vitality to a vegetable capsule or glass of water before a run. Or, for post-workout relief, add a drop of Peppermint to a teaspoon of Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex (or other natural carrier such as olive oil) and apply to sore fatigued muscles and feet for cooling relief. It can also be applied carefully to the temples or back of the neck to refresh the mind.

RC Blend

While spending time outdoors can feel refreshing, it can also be a challenge for some regarding the respiratory system as the trees, grass and weeds take their toll. RC blend is wonderful for supporting the respiratory system and the immune system in a natural way. It is also has an energetic aroma to increase motivation! My favorite ways to use R.C. are inhaling directly from the bottle, applying with Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex to the chest before exercise or adding a few drops to the bathtub post-workout.

Deep Relief Roll-On

This blend is a must-have for your running bag! It comes in a convenient roll-on so you can apply directly to fatigued muscles as needed. It’s refreshing aroma will also wake up your senses if you need a boost before hitting the pavement. Runners and yoga enthusiasts alike find this soothing for post-workout discomforts. My favorite way to use this convenient roll-on is to apply to the neck and shoulders or any other spot that carries tension.

NingXia Nitro

One of the most common questions I hear from runners: What should I fuel up with during the race? Runners need something nutritious and easy to carry during long training runs and on race day. NingXia Nitro comes in a pouch perfect for your pocket and is infused with essential oils, botanical extracts, D-ribose, Korean ginseng, and green tea extract to supports alertness, as well as cognitive and physical fitness.

These are just a few of my favorites! Please drop me a note with your questions - I would be delighted to hear your running stories and offer suggestions if you are looking for ideas to oil up your run! Enjoy the sunshine!


Sarah Sutton, MAEd

Sarah discovered a love for running as a graduate assistant in the Exercise Science Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Young Living distributor/essential oil educator.

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For more info on essential oils or to order, go to bit.ly/sara-oils.

How do you use essential oils for fitness?

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