Essential oils are powerful little plant concentrate…so close to water! So when it is all about keeping water inside, they surely can help. Yes, water…we are talking about fighting heat and making an effort.
As a reminder, you need water for three reasons:
- When they contract, your muscles produce heat, which leads to a loss of water.
- During physical activity (especially when intense and extended) we sweat, which means we lose water and salt.
- Finally, if the outside temperature is hot, the body temperature intensifies, leading to even more water and salt loss.
Losing water and salt can lead to dehydration, one of the main factor responsible for counter-performance, able to deteriorate the athlete’s health: muscle injuries, cramping, tendinitis, heart failure, fainting.
When your brain is not properly hydrated you cannot perceive sensations as accurately, your may lack lucidity, lose your technique and might make wrong tactic choices.
Finally, remember that losing 1% of your weight in water is equivalent to lose 10% of your strength. You don’t need to lose your strength when you compete.
So, of course, you have to get properly hydrated.
You have to drink 300 ml of water one hour before any physical activity when it is hot outside.
Do not wait to feel thirsty to drink, because thirst is the information sent from your brain telling you that you are already dehydrated.
If your effort lasts longer than one hour, use a sports drink to replenish your salt.
Here is my own home-made Gatorade which has the benefit of being completely natural and a lot less expensive
Fill up a 2-liter bottle with 1 liter of water:
- Add 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice (or grapefruit).
- 1/3 cup of honey in which you add 1 drop lemon essential oil.
- A pinch of salt.
- 2 crushed calcium/magnesium tablets.
Shake well and keep in small bottles.
Do not keep this drink in a very cool place
It is important to drink at room temperature when your body is hot, so you are not imposing too much effort on your body to adapt its temperature to this cold liquid. Generally speaking, do not drink cold. Drink warm as often as possible.
It is very important to assist your body in its temperature regulation job.
For that, here is a massage blend that involves naturally cooling essential oils as well as naturally anti-inflammatory compounds.
For 25 ml of arnica infused base oil, add:
- 5 drops Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii).
- 5 drops Basil (Ocimum basilicum).
- 10 drops lemon (Citrus lemon).
- 5 drops black.
- Spruce (Picea mariana).
Massage your back, legs and feet with a little of the blend, as often as needed, before, during and after the effort.
Palmarosa naturally cools off your body, while supporting your immune system.
Basil is a powerful antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory oil.
Lemon supports your cardiac and circulatory system.
Black spruce is a powerful tonic for nervous system and supports physical endurance.
Do try this cooling blend!
This is the kind of tools that might help you make the difference and lead you to win a race in the desert!