Using peppermint essential oils for energy instead of reaching for a giant cup of afternoon coffee is one way to cut back on caffeine while still adding a little zest to your normal afternoon slump. “For a quick pick me up in the afternoon or after a workout, turning to peppermint oil can help replace that extra cup of coffee,” explains Ryan Neinstein, MD, of NYC Surgical Associates. One published study even found that the scent of peppermint oil had the ability to work against the stressing effects of oxytocin in mothers.
Sweet orange oil
“Citrus oils like orange offer a fresh, sweet aroma straight from the peel,” shares Dr. Neinstein. “The energy-boosting scent delivers a number of health benefits.” (Some credit sweet orange oil with being an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and an antiseptic. Try combining it with peppermint oil and water for an energizing room spray. Want to wind it down instead? Try these 7 essential oils to improve your sleep.