I have fallen in love with essential oils. There is a soothing blend of oils that, when used on the major muscle groups before a workout, can make a big difference in stamina and recovery. This blend of oils includes Wintergreen which is 99% methyl salicylate giving it cortison-like properites, Camphor Bark which helps with pain and inflammation, Peppermint and Blue Tansy that are both cooling and anti-inflammatory, Blue Chamomile is documented as an aid for arthritis, Helichrysm improves circulation and reduces inflammation and the Chinese have used Osmanthus for ages to reduce phlegm and improve blood flow. Sounds like a lot I know, but it takes so little of each precious oil to make a huge difference.
Put 10-20 drops of this soothing blend in a 2 oz. glass spray bottle filled with Witch Hazel. Shake well and spray on the big muscles that are going to get a workout. Remember to get your back as well. It feels fantastic and I've found it helps during the exercise and especially after if I have overextended.
You can also add the oil blend to a base oil like coconut or almond oil and use it as a soothing rub.
If you want to know more about this blend or the other beautiful essential oils I love, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy your summer.