If you are anything like me, then you may find it difficult to focus at times. There are many days where I am juggling work, house tasks and the kids’ schedules all at once. It usually seems that the days I need to stay on track the most are the days that my mind is racing in every direction and I lose concentration.
For a while, I was trying to set reminders on my phone and leave notes as ways to remain organized. These methods did work, but I was still stressed out and thinking of other tasks rather than the one at hand. I turned to 8 trusted essential oils and found myself less stress out, more energized and more attentive during my busy days.
These eight oils have become my go-to oils when I know I have many places that I need to be during a day. I use different ones at different points throughout the day and even keep four of them on hand in my purse so I can utilize their attention provoking qualities while I am out and about. After I began using them, I realized that many were available in premixed blends.
Purchasing these blends ended up saving me the time that it took to mix some together at home. When you are buying your oils be sure to purchase therapeutic grade and do a little research on the distributor. All of the oils I will tell you about can be used in a diffuser or directly on your body. If you are making a roller ball for travel be sure to buy a glass roller ball bottle and secure the cap tightly to prevent it from leaking.
The Top 8 Essential Oils for Concentration and Focus
1. Rosemary Essential Oil
This oil dates back to the days of Shakespeare. In his famous play Hamlet one-line references Rosemary for remembrance. Rosemary has a very light and calming smell that has often been showed to increase people’s focus by five to seven percent. (1) Rosemary can be diffused about thirty minutes prior to studying or working and can be enjoyed for up to an hour. It can also be applied directly to the skin. To apply mix 3 drops of rosemary with 1 tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil but please note that sweet almond oil works best with Rosemary. If you have epilepsy or are pregnant, you should avoid Rosemary. Rosemary should also not be used on children under six years of age.
2. Peppermint Essential Oil
It is actually a mixture of sweet mint and spearmint. This oil has been used for centuries with a variety of ailments. Peppermint is known for decreasing car sickness, nausea and headaches as well as heightening focus. (2) Peppermint oil should be used sparingly around small children and is often not recommended for children under five years of age. Apply peppermint oil directly to the temples, wrists and back of the neck to increase alertness and stay mentally stimulated for longer periods of time. Peppermint oil mixes best with coconut oil and olive oil. Mix two drops of coconut oil with a tablespoon of your preferred carrier oil.
3. Lemon Essential Oil
This oil has been the topic of many studies in both young and seniors. (3) Younger people who inhale lemon are less likely to make mistakes when typing and working. Seniors who inhaled a mixture of lemon and rosemary were able to recall more information and stay more alert throughout the day. Many people will associate lemon and other citrus essential oils with energy, and while that is true, Lemon has a bonus in its stress-relieving qualities. This is a very handy oil to keep in your car, travel bag and desk. Lemon oil can be applied with a carrier oil or can be diffused for longer lasting effects. Lemon essential oil should be used cautiously on children two and under as it can cause photosensitivity.
4. Pine Essential Oil
Well-known for its healing properties, this essential oil will combat sluggish feelings as well as give you a much-needed boost when you are trying to stay on task throughout the day. The best way to pine is to inhale it with a diffuser. Pine is also great at giving the immune system a push in the right direction if you are fighting off a cold and it also combats fatigue and nervous energy. Pine is considered safe to use sparingly on children over two years of age.
5. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus is known for clearing the sinus passage, but it is also fabulous at clearing the mind. This oil generates positive energy and can instantly turn your mood around which will inspire you to be perceptive and open to creativity. Eucalyptus can be applied to the skin, but it works best and more rapidly if it is inhaled. If you do not have a diffuser on hand mix three drops of eucalyptus oil with coconut oil and apply to the chest, wrists and back of the neck. Eucalyptus should be used cautiously with children. While it can be useful during times of congestion it should not be used for stress reduction of children under the age of six as it can cause slowed breathing.
6. Camphor Essential Oil
This essential oil is often a go-to for congestion and sometimes forgotten when it comes to clarity Camphor oil naturally destresses and invigorates the mind. When the mind is less stressed and is awakened, you can stay alert for longer periods of time. This natural pick me up will work best when applied directly to the body. This oil can be mixed 4 drops for one tablespoon of sweet almond or jojoba oil. Rub in a relaxing circulation motion on both wrists and temples. This oil can also be applied to the nape of the neck and the chest. Camphor should not be used on children under six years of age.
7. Frankincense Essential Oil
It’s has been used for thousands of years. This is indeed a multi-use essential oil that dates back to biblical times Frankincense is often used to combat illness, fight anxiety, reduce inflammation and relieve pain. This oil has a very strong and earthy scent and can be used in a wide variety of ways. You can pre-make a roller ball to carry with you. The roller ball should contain 12 to 15 drops of Frankincense essential oil and then fill the remainder of the glass roller ball bottle with sweet almond oil. If you are mixing your Frankincense per application, then combine three to four drops with one tablespoon of sweet almond oil. Frankincense can also be enjoyed in a diffuser. Frankincense is exceptionally versatile and can be applied nearly anywhere on the body. When using this oil to combat exhaustion and stress that is associated with illness or inflammation apply it directly to the bottom of the feet, back of the ankles and to the swollen joints. Massage liberally into stiff muscles that are tense from inflammation or stress. For panic attacks or daily stress apply this oil to your chest, nape of the neck, temples and wrists. Shortly after application, you will notice your stress levels decrease while your concentration levels increase. It is also important to note that Frankincense essential oil is considered safe for children as young as two years of age.
8. Lavender Essential Oil
This oil has been around for thousands of years and is often sought out for its calming effects. If you suffer from ADHD or have a difficult time focusing on just one task at a time, you will benefit from lavender. (4) Lavender is an herb that lowers blood pressure by reducing the heart rate. This oil is best for individuals who are experiencing an incredibly hectic day that involves high-stress situations. It will calm the nerves and help to regain composure. Lavender is safe for people of all ages to use and it can be enjoyed in a diffuser or physical application. If you are experiencing a particularly busy day, you will most likely not have time to sit near a diffuser and enjoy aromatherapy so it will be best to mix four drops of lavender with a tablespoon of jojoba or avocado oil and massage gently onto the nape of the neck, wrists and bottom of the feet.
My Essential Oil Journey to Improve Concentration and Focus
When I began my journey of destressing naturally, I opted for a multi-pack of various essential oils. I stuck with the above eight as my base oils because they all promised calming and concentration benefits. As a busy person who also suffers from muscle and joint stiffness, I personally befitted a bit more from Frankincense, but all of these oils worked wonders. My favorite to use while I was running errands and trying to stay on point was Lemon. The lemon has an inviting scent that is not offensive and easy to wear. Frankincense does have a stronger smell but I applied it to mostly to my feet, and the scent was not as intrusive.
Within the first day of using Frankincense, I felt much calmer and noticed my joints and muscles were far more relaxed. Lavender has become my go-to oil for my children. I use this in the morning to help them stay focused while they are at school and then I diffuse it at night to help them calm down and obtain a good night of sleep.
Because I do have children under the age of 5 in my home, I keep my peppermint essential oil in a roller ball. This is great for a quick pick me up while I am out but I do remain conscious of the age restrictions and use it when it does not affect those around me. When I became comfortable with my eight tried and true oils I researched blends. There are many oil blends that feature my favorite eight mixed with each other in the best possible combinations.
I always recommend researching any company that you purchase blends from to ensure you are buying the best therapeutic grade oils. Some of my favorite blends came from a kid-safe line that I could use without the fear of any reactions when I am near my children.
Lemon and Lavender are two of the most common oils that are found in synergy blends. We regularly use these oils in our home, and the children have an easier time paying attention during homework time. Also, I have noticed that I have been leaving a lot fewer reminder notes for myself and my spouse.
I hope that you have enjoyed this list and can put as many of these oils to stress relieving and mental clarity of use as I have. When I set out on this journey, I wanted to make the most out of my day and learn how to stay on task in the most natural ways. I also wanted to share this knowledge and inspire others to seek alternative approaches to attention and alertness. If you have any other oil suggestions or uses, please feel free to leave them in the comments section.