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Essential Oils That Will Increase Focus and Concentration

We’ve all had those days, where time just seems to drag on.

We read the same things over and over again; we lose track of what we’re doing, what we’ve just said, or where we’ve placed our keys.

Whether it’s mental fatigue, not enough sleep, or because you’ve got a million other things on your mind, it’s never a good feeling to feel like you’re operating at half speed.

Thankfully, certain essential oils are proven to wake up the brain, give it a little jump start, and get it not only back to normal operating capacities, but even allow you to focus better.

Great for students studying, testing, a professional working on a project, or anyone that just wants a natural, safe, effective way to dominate your to-do list.

Essential oils are one great choice.

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Essential Oils For Focus

Essential oils are critical products that have been used for many years to help in improving the memory as well as brain functions. And even though our memories are usually tied to different smells, the functioning of essential oils is not that straightforward.

In fact, some are known to help with calming the brain, enhancing alertness, priming for future memories, among other mental benefits.

You will that find high grade essential oils are comprised of certain chemical compounds called terpenes. These are small molecules are then usually absorbed into a person’s bloodstream via the lungs or nose. To get the best results, we always encourage using high quality essential oil brands, along with your favorite diffuser for the best results.

These small molecules can cross the blood-brain barrier with ease, hence impacting your neurological process, to boost your energy, revitalize your mind, and relax your nervous system. This in turn, naturally signals different parts of your mind to wake up and work together.

The result? Clear, calm, mental clarity to tackle any project.

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Top 5 Essential Oils for Studying and Memory

1. Rosemary Essential Oil

For long, rosemary essential oil has mainly been used for treating dementia and Alzheimer’s patients because of its ability to stimulate the body and mind. This uplifting oils is known to improve the cognitive performance and mood of the user.

Its sharp scent has been proved to enhance your ability to remember the things you need to do or get done in the future

Application: Rub a few drops, alone or with a carrier oil, into your palms as you are reviewing your schedule in the morning to help you internalize your task for the day. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of the oil to your relaxing bath while you are rejuvenating, and preparing for the day ahead.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil 

There is nothing quite like the scent of peppermint. I’m always able to detect it, whether its candy, candles, or sometimes even in food. This is a powerful energizer which can be used to calm the nerves, and stimulate the mind at the same time. The peppermint oil fragrance will help to keep your mind awake, improve your memory and focus your senses.

It is a natural cure for the headaches, and it can help to improve the concentration levels, relieve you of mental fatigue and refresh your spirit.

How to use: The oil may be diffused in a room, inhaled directly, sprayed in the air, used as the massage oil or it may even be placed in a bath. With so many ways to incorporate a little bit of spice into your life, you’ll be sure to notice a difference in your work and energy levels immediately.

3. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has traditionally been used as a very reliable calming agent. In fact, it has widely been used for mitigating work, or school-related, anxiety. This is because the essential oils works to first calm you down, while at the same time boosting your concentration and enhance memory related capabilities.

Amazingly it also works to increase alertness as well as boost energy and stamina. This combination of effects is precisely what you need to conquer anything life throws at you, and is why lavender is one of the top oils on our must have essential oils list.

Best use: Rub two to three drops of the lavender oil into your cupped palms and inhale it to draw its scent into your brain, and ultimately calm your mind. A personal favorite is to moisten a few cotton balls or place a few drops of lavender under my pillowcase for a relaxing, restorative sleep.

Pro tip: Really up your game and stay on the ball by keeping an elegant, sleek diffuser in your office and using it throughout the day, or when you feel like you need a little extra boost. Everyone will be wondering what your secret is.

4. Basil Essential Oil 

Basil is another great product that has been used for centuries in helping to sharpen the mind and improve memory. It has particularly been used in addressing issues of fatigue-induced distractions and poor memory. Proven to be very effective in improving alertness, attentiveness, and concentration, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered when it comes to those days where you’re just drawing a blank.

Most impressively, its neuro-regulating properties have made it the best choice for supporting mild nervous disorders, stress as well as anxiety. This is as good as it gets, a natural product with restorative and stimulant capabilities. In fact, basil essential oil is the ideal product to use when preparing for your big presentation or just before you go into your late night study session.

How to use: You just need to put 20-25 drops of the oil into the diffuser and inhale the vapors deeply. You got this. Go kick butt.

5. Sage Essential Oil

Sage has been known to help treat the loss or decline of mental functions like with Alzheimer’s disease for centuries by stimulating and boosting the senses. It has specifically been proven to help in improving immediate word recall.

By enhancing the functioning of neurotransmitters, a part of the brain that is responsible for transferring signals in the brain, the sage essential oil works essentially to wake up the sleepy parts

Application: Rub one or two drops of oil into your hands and inhale it. That’s it, you’ve done it!  You’ve just contributed to opening both your mind and memory functions. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

More options

If you want to shake of the cobwebs but don’t currently have any of the oils mentioned above, don’t worry. See if you have any other types of essential oil that are also known to be effective in boosting mental stamina and increasing focus. A little bit of frankincense or lemon essential oil will do the trick.


Different types of essential oils can play a fundamental role in enhancing the memory, cognition, and concentration in ways that conventional products cannot. It’s just as simple as that.

The oils are comprised of essential chemical compounds which are absorbed into the blood via the nose and lungs, and ultimately get to the brain where they impact your brain functions in a positive way.

Actively increase your focus and mental stamina with the essential oils above. You and others around will notice the difference. Now, whether to let other people in on your secret weapon or not- well that’s up to you to decide.


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