Endurance athletes For endurance athletes who are used to long hours of training, essential oils can be a useful part of preparation and recovery. Endurance athletes push their bodies to the limit and often need help keeping their muscles loose, their joints strong, their feet and legs in optimal shape, and their minds sharp. Chapter 2 features a list of some of the best essential oils for soothing muscles—these are important oils to keep on hand if you are a runner, cyclist, or endurance athlete. Applying essential oils to your legs and feet before and after a training session can help keep your body loose and at peak performance. before or after a long run. • Dilute Cinnamon with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil and create a warming massage • Ginger is soothing and supports healthy, flexible, resilient joints • Frankincense promotes healthy joint mobility and function, and can provide soothing support throughout the entire body* Try any of these essential oils (or a combination): Roman Chamomile Peppermint Lavender Rosemary Ginger Clove Lemon Black Pepper In addition to keeping muscles loose, runners and endurance athletes are often concerned about their joints—particularly runners, because of all the impact their body takes during a run. You can use essential oils with soothing properties to help you Hot water Epsom salt Baking soda Lemongrass + Basil + dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil You will need: Peppermint Cypress + Bergamot + dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil After a long run or ride, your feet will need some rest and recuperation. If you like to soak your feet after a race, marathon, or training session, consider adding essential oils to the mix for ultimate relaxation. Rosemary + Black Pepper + dōTERRA® Fractionated Coconut Oil doTERRA ® Essential Oil Foot Soak You might consider combining a few of the best essential oils for soothing muscles along with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil to help the effects last longer. Here are a few good combinations that are useful to apply before and after a long training session: Instructions: Combine the hot water, a handful of Epsom salts, and a few scoops of baking soda into a tub big enough for your feet. Then, add a few drops of your essential oil of choice (or several oils), and soak your feet for relaxation and relief. Fresh feet: To keep your running shoes smelling fresh, place a few drops of a refreshing essential oil like Peppermint, Lemon, Wild Orange, Grapefruit, or Lime on a dryer sheet and slip into your shoe overnight to help dispel any unpleasant odors.