The love of dance flows deep through my veins… I have danced my entire life and I understand the ups and downs and in betweens. From the powerful emotions expressed through movement to the aches and pains of exertion, I’ve been through it. If only I had these amazing tools to use when I was growing up.
Essential oils can be amazingly supportive for all aspects of a dancer’s life and I will share my favourites and their uses below. I have included alternative oil suggestions to demonstrate that essential oils have multiple uses and that for each condition or emotion we have a choice of what we can use.
Let’s face it, every year our families get sick. We get run down (especially during competition season) and the cold and flu viruses take over. dōTERRA has designed many proprietary blends that are complex scientific puzzles to elicit a specific result in the body. On Guard is my favourite blend because it supports the immune system. We often use this oil diluted in a roller to support us during the winter season. Even if we do get sick (because it’s inevitable) when we use On Guard frequently, our symptoms and the duration are lessened. We diffuse this often in the winter, and the adults in our house take On Guard soft gels when we feel sickness coming on.
Other oils that I love for immunity are: Frankincense, Oregano, Arborvitae (diffused or topically), Copaiba, Rose, and Tea Tree/Melaleuca
Whether it’s a nervous tummy, a digestive issue, an illness, or stress, essential oils can support healthy digestion. ZenGest is dōTERRA’s answer to Pepto Bismol. It is great to roll on your little ones tummy before they hit the stage to calm any butterflies. It is also so beneficial for nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, gluten intolerance, and more.
Other oils that I love for digestion are: Peppermint, Ginger, and Fennel
For Muscles and Joints
Dance requires a lot of bending and stretching, getting back into it can sometimes be painful. When it comes to helping my muscles and joints recover, Deep Blue is my best friend! With healing oils like Blue Tansy and Helichrysum, this blend actually helps the body to heal instead of just masking the pain. The coolest part is that the oil is actually blue! This oil is great for reducing inflammation as well. Lavender is another powerful (yet, gentle) oil that we use for everything from bug bites to bruises and can support and calm us when our bodies are aching.
Other oils that I love for muscles and joints are: Aromatouch (the massage blend, also great for growing pains), Peppermint, Frankincense, Lemongrass and Marjoram
For Relaxation and Sleep
Competitions and performances are stressful events, we experience heightened adrenaline and bigger emotions that can affect performances. Daily stressors from school/work/life are equally as important to address and should not be overlooked. Balance is my go-to for every day grounding. A drop on the bottom of each foot helps me feel centered. Balance is composed of different tree oils which work together to help us feel rooted to the earth. Serenity is designed for rest, but I find it very supportive during stressful times – I love to diffuse this one at night! These 2 blended together smell amazing too! Vetiver is another oil for the nervous system that is incredible at reducing anxious feelings. I love vetiver for sleep because it helps to slow my racing mind. As I mentioned before, Lavender is good for all things calming and another go-to of mine for sleep.
Other oils that I love for relaxation and sleep: Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Wild Orange, Peace, Juniper Berry (for night terrors), and Whisper (also a lovely “pure”fume)
We all experience a range of emotions on a daily basis. As adults, we’ve had a lifetime to cope and understand how to manage most of them, but our children are still learning. dōTERRA has a whole range of emotions oils that evoke the effects that their names describe. For dancers my two favourites are Motivate and Cheer. Motivate is the get-er-done oil. A blend of citrus and mint, this one can help kick out kids out of bed in the morning, or give them an added boost before a competition. My best use for this oil is when I want to do a power clean! Cheer smells like sunshine in a bottle, with citrus and spice this blend can perk up anyone’s mood.
Another powerful oil that is used monthly in our house is Clarycalm, aka the women’s monthly blend. As a teenager I suffered from horrible cramps, which had me popping extra strength Advil, now I roll Clarycalm on my uterus and put Deep Blue on my back and I feel great!
Other oils that are supportive for emotions: Console, Peace, Forgive, Passion, Serenity, and Balance
Other uses for oils
In this article, I have mentioned rollers and diffusing, but there are so many more ways to use the oils too!
- Make a spray with an anti-bacterial oil like Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemon or On Guard to use in dance shoes and bags.
- On Guard mixed with witch hazel, water or alcohol makes an amazing hand sanitizing spray.
- Add a couple of drops of essential oil to some dryer balls or a towel toward the end of your dry cycle for a fresh scent.
- Put a drop of Peppermint or Citrus in your water for a refreshing kick.
- Use citrus oils in your homemade salad dressings for added flavour.
How to get started with these oils…