Essential Oils for Post-Hike Recovery
When I think of essential oils I always thought of lavender and peppermint, the most used ones in our house for DIY scrubs and aromatherapy. So that’s why when fellow IG-er and essential oils guru, Alina Rinato (you may know her from Rinato Family Adventures on Instagram) reached out to give me a sampling of her favorite Young Living essential oils (as well as the diffuser), I was super excited to learn more. I am sharing a few of my favorite things I learned about them and how they have been a part of our post-hike recovery regimen.
All the smells
I absolutely loved how each oil was unique from the next–each bottle had its blend or name on the front as well as what its usage was. While I haven’t tried any of the dietary ones yet, we did use the oils which we paired with the diffuser. The smells lasted for a few hours and the mist of water infused with the oil could be smelled throughout my house. I had no experience using an actual diffuser and this one was simple to put together, fill up with water, and added drops of selected oil.
Let the relaxation commence…
One of the only things we think about after our hikes or any outdoor play is snacks, food, and drink. Ok, that’s three. If it’s not food, then it’s finding ways to veg out and completely relax. Relaxing after a hike may look like peeling off all the layers, dumping them into the nearest hamper, and basically doing nothing but snuggle time while low-key vibes permeate the room. We started adding in the lavender essential oils into the diffuser and our relaxation mode went up a few notches. We felt calm, especially our youngest who was sitting quietly and snuggling on the couch.
Get rid of the funk
What I certainly have enough of in my house: Dirty socks for days. We hike hard and when start to peel off those layers when we come home, the first of the layers is always socks and shoes because you guessed it, we are a no socks and shoes kinda house complete with mud-caked, dirt-filled shoe bins and shelves at each entrance. One of the things I loved about the Frankincense was its ability to really cleanse the air and purify it of all the rank smells that flood in. It didn’t leave an after-smell like how scented candles give, rather just swallowed them all up. I did use too much the first time (frankincense has a bold smell) and got a headache –a common occurrence and I just used a couple drops less than usual and it went away the next time.
I’ve always been open to using essential oils as a supplement to our alternate methods of healing, self-maintenance, and home care routines. I am glad that as a family, I got no negative feedback about the smells or overall feelings we had after diffusing them into our space. I’m feeling grateful that we have a new method that we can use after spending time outdoors and one that I feel comfortable sharing with others.
Be sure to check out Alina et al and their love of essential oils over at Rinato Family Essentials. Do you use essential oils in your after-hike regimen, or other? If you have, please share them with us below.