It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with essential oils’ diverse range of uses. I have personally been reporting on how essential oils help heal us mentally, physically, and emotionally. Essential oils have even been used in spiritual practices around the world for thousands of years, dating back as far as ancient Egyptians. In these modern times, science is even backing up claims that were made about essential oils those thousands of years ago. From the ability to fight signs of aging, soothe chronic pain and inflammation, to keeping our homes germ free, decreasing depression, stress, and insomnia – essential oils truly are amazing. One of the most amazing properties of essential oils, however, is their ability to help our minds concentrate on tasks at hand. They can sharpen our minds and help us focus in ways that a cup of coffee simply cannot. In this article, we will discuss 6 amazing essential oils to use for concentration and how to incorporate them into your daily routine.
Don’t reach for that third cup of coffee.
We live very busy, fast paced, and stressful lives. We are constantly on the go worrying about the next task of the day while being unable to focus on the one right in front of us.
Many people are learning how to practice mindfulness to help bring their minds into the present moment. If we struggle with concentration, it can be easy to make mistakes, forget things, and give up before we’re finished. A mindfulness practice can help bring you into the moment and essential oils can help your mind stay there.
Essential oils can give you a boost of energy when you need a pick-me-up during that afternoon slump. They can help you stay alert and focused at times when you feel your energy fading.
Difficulty concentrating can also have to do with our emotional state, mental weariness, or procrastination rather than physical exhaustion. This is another reason why essential oils can have such a powerful impact on our performance levels and capability.
So, put that third cup of coffee down and give your neurological system a break from the excess caffeine stimulant. Essential oils will take care of you.
Our sense of smell has profound effects on our mind. According to this study published in 2013, “some odors can arouse emotion, and can lead to the recall of emotional memories. Further, odors can influence psychological and physiological states”.
This is because the limbic system in our brain is linked to the olfactory epithelium inside our noses. When we smell something, the set of structures in our brain that deal with emotions and memory, and regulate autonomic or endocrine function in response to emotional stimuli that also is involved in reinforcing behavior is stimulated almost instantaneously.
This explains why certain smells can affect our mood or trigger an old, forgotten memory. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts with powerful smells, so of course essential oils are an amazing tool to use for concentration and focus.
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Using essential oils for concentration
You can use essential oils for concentration in a few different ways. Personally, I prefer using them aromatically in a diffuser or room spray. Diffusers can be used to fill your home office space with the scent of your chosen essential oils.
Diffusers can also be used by managers in offices for employees who have difficulty concentrating or to keep everyone focused on their projects.
They can also be used in classrooms by teachers who have students that need help staying calm and concentrated on studying.
You can also use essential oils for concentration personally by wearing an essential oil bracelet or simply dropping a few drops into a napkin or cotton ball.
Essential oils can also be used topically, though it is important that you combine them with a carrier oil to avoid skin irritation.
Without further ado, here are the amazing essential oils for concentration.
6 Amazing Essential Oils for Concentration
Rosemary essential oil has been associated with memory for years and is even referenced in Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”
One study by university researchers found that students “working in a room with the aroma of rosemary, in the form of an essential oil, achieved 5% to 7% better results in memory tests”.
Vetiver essential oil is calming, grounding, and stabilizing. When your thoughts become overactive or keep wandering off, vetiver can help ground you into the present moment and bring your mind into focus.
Peppermint has been associated with the ability to perform difficult cognitive tasks for long stretches of time, which was demonstrated in this 2018 scientific study. The powerful scent of peppermint essential oil can boost your energy and focus while improving your concentration.
Basil essential oil has an herbaceous scent, much like rosemary essential oil, that can soothe nervousness. It can also help reduce feelings of overwhelm and mental overload. Basil, ct. Linalol contains the organic compound linalol, which has been scientifically studied and proven to reduce stress and improve memory.
5. Ylang Ylang
Ylang ylang essential oil comes from the canaga tree, which is naive to Southeast Asia, India, and Australia. This sweet and flowery essential oil is widely used in luxury beauty products and rarely gets credit for its ability to improve concentration and focus. The topical use of ylang ylang is associated with the calm and relaxed mental state that is conducive to optimal focus.
Frankincense essential oil has been used for grounding and focus for thousands of years. It has been used in spiritual practices for intense mental focus during hours upon hours of meditation. It can also help you get into a focused, meditative-like state as you concentrate on your work. It has also been esteemed for it’s memory boosting properties.