Daniel Cordua, L.MT.
We often use various types of stimulants throughout the day in order to keep ourselves alert, present, happy, and generally feeling good. In the West, caffeine in its various forms is one of the most popular stimulants: coffee, tea and soda are used widely. Sugar, in combination with caffeine or on its own, is also used (and abused) as a source of quick energy. Both of these stimulants only give us short bursts of energy that, unfortunately, wears off quickly and often lead to energy crashes. Additionally, these pick-me-ups often create cycles of dependency - wanting more of the stimulant once it wears off. These cycles can create roller coaster rides of vitality alternating with sluggishness.
Working as a massage therapist, I have often used essential oils as a way to shift the mood, intent, feeling, and energy of a massage. I find that it can be just as powerful to use essential oils during our daily routine as a means to sustain my energy. These oils can safely energize you without the “comedown” of more mainstream stimulants… and as a benefit, their energetic shifts are actually more varied and subtle. Below is a list of my favorite oils and how their properties can energize your daily grind!
To promote more “active” energies:
• Alertness: Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Rosemary
• Assertiveness: Basil, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Ylang-Ylang,
• Concentration: Basil, Lemongrass, Lemon, Rosemary, Frankincense
• Confidence: Cypress, Fennel, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Cloves
• Performance: Bay, Bergamot, Frankincense, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender, Jasmine
• Self-esteem: Jasmine, Geranium, Cedarwood, Sandalwood
Other emotions and energies:
• Creativity: Bergamot, Lemon, Frankincense, Neroli, Rose, Jasmine, Cloves
• Happiness: Orange, Rose, Jasmine, Ginger, Cloves, Cinnamon, Geranium
• Joy: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Lemon, Orange, Bergamot
• Restfulness: Lavender, Geranium, Clary Sage, Neroli, Sandalwood
• Self-Awareness: Cypress, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Coriander, Cloves, Sandalwood
It is easy to use these oils during the course of the day - Just apply them to the wrists and/or neck (as one would apply a perfume or cologne) and have a sustained source of whatever “energy” of choice. Or, simply “take a whiff” - give the oils a smell here and there throughout the day. You can switch up the type of oil to change with the time of day and mood desired!
To truly experience the full range of energies these oils provide, I recommend experiencing an essential oil massage. These massages truly immerse the client in the many moods of the oil via the physical, emotional and energetic openings that occurs during a bodywork session. Schedule your appointment now!
Daniel Cordua (LMT, RYT) is a certified massage therapist and yoga teacher living and working in the great city of Philadelphia. He provides massage therapy and bodywork out of Six Fishes Healing Arts. His interests and specialties include deep tissue massage; therapeutic stretching and bodywork; triggerpoint; breathwork; connections of the body, mind & spirit; and healthy, holistic living.