A hugely underrated member of the five senses, your sense of smell has a powerful effect on your brain’s many functions.
A combined study at the University of Cincinnati and Catholic University of America showed that smelling Peppermint essential oil enhanced alertness, focus, and concentration and according to a British study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, inhaling Lavender essential oil before doing math problems helped subjects complete the problems faster and more accurately than the control group.
Here is a list of some common essential oils and how they can help:
- Try citrus oils including Lemon, Orange and Grapefruit for an energy boost (Orange is also thought to encourage right brain functioning).
- In addition to Peppermint and Lavender, Rosemary and Frankincense can help improve focus.
- Take down the stress level with Lavender, Ylang Ylang or Lemongrass.
Inhalation methods are usually the easiest. Use in a diffuser to spread the scent through your room, classroom or office, or you can also add a few drops on a tissue or cotton ball and sniff when needed.
But be sure to use 100% Therapeutic Grade essential oils and oil blends. The better the quality, the better your results will be!