Organized sports Many individuals choose to get their exercise by playing organized sports. Whether you are a professional athlete, or like to get together for pick-up games with your friends, you can use essential oils to help enhance your experience. Once you have identified which essential oils have soothing, warming, cooling, invigorating, or uplifting properties, it is easy to use them during the preparation and recuperation stages both before and after a game or practice. While the needs of athletes vary based on the sport, most athletes will need something to help motivate and energize them before a game or practice, and something to help them to relax and recuperate after. This is where essential oils come in handy. So whether you play basketball at the park, tennis after school, or golf on the weekends. Essential oils can become your key to smooth pre-game preparation and post-game recovery. Here are a few ways that any athlete can use essential oils during practices, workouts, and games. • Diffuse essential oils in the locker room before a game to promote uplifting, energizing, or motivating feelings. • Apply cooling essential oils to the chest before a game to help promote clear airways and easy breathing. • Apply soothing essential oils to the feet after a long practice or tournament to soothe the legs and feet. • Use calming, soothing, or warming essential oils for massage after a game or practice to help your body recuperate. • If you like to soak in a hot or cold bath after a game, consider adding a few drops of an essential oil to the water. Use essential oils that are soothing to enhance your post-game bath experience. • Place a few drops of Wintergreen on a cotton ball and place in your gym bag. Wintergreen’s strong scent will work to mask any odor.