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Essential Oils For Concentration and Memory

Students need all the help they can get during the exams to be able to study efficiently.  There are several essential oils for concentration and memory, which when used in a right way create the perfect studying environment.

Have you ever done your best to study, trying to really concentrate and learn something but not been able to stop your thoughts from wondering? Trying to commit something that felt like useless trivia into your memory, only for it to disappear into the thin air before you get the chance to use it?

There are several ways ayurveda can help pupils and students to learn more efficiently by improving concentration and memory. This article deals with the power of essential oils and their aromatherapic benefits for studying.

Essential Oils For Concentration and Memory

There are several essential oils that improve the persons ability to concentrate and memorise things. They can all be used separately or blended together. Additionally other oils can be added to prevent conditions such as headaches and nervousness which are typical for the students during the exam period.

I suggest supplementing a good and nutritious diet, some fresh air and exercise with aromatherapy for the best exam results. Best way to take advantages of the aromatherapeutic effect of the essential oils below, is with a diffuser. You can read more about the various types of essential oil diffusers here:

Different Types of Essential Oil Diffusers

Rosemary Essential Oil

rosemary essential oilThis herb has a sharp scent and it is used besides in aromatherapy in cooking. Rosemary is one of the most efficient essential oils to enhance the memory, it’s called brain and nerve tonic for a reason.

Inhaling rosemary lifts spirits, boosts and stimulates mental activity and fights mental fatigue and boredom, which are both associated with hard studying, as the brain tends to get tired memorising things.

Rosemary also reliefs stress as it has the ability to lower the levels of cortisol, one of the main stress hormones, that cause the flight or fight reaction students often experience in though situations, such as the exams.

Beside its effects for the mind, rosemary is very effective against indigestion, such as cramps and bloating. It also improves immune-system, fighting colds and flues  which are all often a side effects caused by the stress.

Peppermint Essential Oil

peppermint essential oilOne of the most beneficial of the essential oils, this wonderful herb is a perfect mood booster. It helps you to wake up fresh in the morning and beats the fatigues by stimulating your mind.

It helps to reduce stress associated with studying and helps the student to continue studying longer by beating the mental tiredness. Additionally it improves the concentration and has ability to clarify the mind.

I have written a whole separate article about the benefits of peppermint essential oil:

Peppermint Essential Oil – Herbal Health

Basil Essential Oil

basil essential oilBasil herb has many uses, it’s very popular in cooking and in skin creams. This wonderful essential oil is perfect to be blended with the others as it is a powerful pain reliever and very effective against headaches and migraines, which intensive studying often causes. It is also ophthalmic and perfect for bloodshot eyes caused by studying late into the night.

It’s also very good for treating nervous tension and  providing mental clarity and strength. It is therefore good to be inhaled just before exams. It also relieves melancholy and depression in case some of the results were not as good as expected.

Cypress Essential Oil

cypress essential oilThis herb helps the student to relax and calm down. It has a mild sedative effect on the body and the mind, by relieving anxiety, nervousness and stress. It also reliefs sadness and anger, by stimulating happiness.

It is therefore perfect to inhale in the evening before the student goes to sleep, so the sleeplessness often caused by intense studying doesn’t stop the brain from getting enough rest.

Sage Essential Oil

sage essential oilThis herb is a powerful stimulant both for the brain and nervous system, inducing mental alertness and stability. It is great at lifting depression or just exam blues.

Focus Blend

You can also try this ready made blend that includes:

  • Rosemary
  • Lime
  • Sweet marjoram
  • Spruce
  • Lavender
  • Chamomille
  • Rosewood
  • Vanilla
  • Frankincense
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Vetiver
  • Patchouli

You can order these and many other essential oils here:

My Loving Advice

As a parent it’s important for me to support my children with their studies and aromatherapy has always been an important part of preparing them for the exams.

I have the wonderful silent nebulizing diffuser on both their desks and I have even gifted one to each of their classrooms, together with a collection of essential oils, to ensure the whole class gets to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy.

I would personally recommend a nebulizing diffusers, as they are clean, silent and very efficient. You can read more about the nebulizing diffusers in my review here:

Best Essential Oil Diffusers

This is my own favorite model, Radiance and you can purchase it or any other models here:

 

Radiance Nebulizing DiffuserIt is efficient, safe, beautiful, silent and comes with LED lighting for the delight of my children. It makes a gorgeous addition to their desks.

I tend to let the children pick their own essential oils from these four during their studying time, as each have their own favourites. I do insist though of them using a little cypress before going to sleep and switching to lavender during their sleep time to ensure good nights rest.

I hope you enjoyed my article about the best essential oils for concentration and memory. If you have questions or comments, please let me know in the comments section below.

 

Love and Clearness Of The Mind,

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Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Blends Magic

This article dives into all the aspects of aromatherapy and essential oil blends, their cosmetic, medicinal and therapeutic usage for benefiting the body, mind and soul. 

Essential oils have been used in ayurvedic medicine for centuries for their medicinal, cosmetic and aromatic purposes. The term aromatherapy however is fairly recent and was created by the French chemist and perfumer Rene- Maurice Gattefosse. He published a book 1937 which contained his clinical findings about the benefits of essential oils.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Blends

Essential oils have been  used in ayurvedic medicine and beauty products for centuries. However one of their most widely accepted uses is aromatherapy, which has turned into big commercial business today.

Aromatherapy is offered by massage and bath oils and scented candles to mention just a few, best ones containing various amounts and qualities of essential oils, others simply synthetic aromas.

Essential Oils and Blends Production

essential oilsEssential oils are concentrated liquids obtained from various parts of the plants, such as leafs, bark, flowers, seeds or roots and contain their aroma compounds in a concentrated form.

There are many methods for obtaining these oils, the price, quality and purity is often dependant on the difficulty of the method, as well as rarity of the ingredients. Flowers in general are very difficult to extract the essential oils from and are therefore among the most precious essential oils.

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  • Purity Blend
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Distilling Method

Most essential oils, such as peppermint, lavender ad eucalyptus are distilled. The desired plant parts are crushes and placed in distillation equipment, water is heated and the steam is lead through the plant material. The steam containing the aroma compounds is then condensed back into liquid.

Byproduct, the re-condensed water, such as rose, orange blossom and lavender water is often sold to be used in bath oils and other cosmetics as essential oils.

Solvent extraction Method

Many flowers cannot be expressed since the contain too little oil, but due to their delicate compounds cannot be tolerate the high heat of the distilling process.

In these cases a solvent is used to extract the oils and the result is a mixture of essential oil and resin or wax. This mixture is then again mixed with second solvent, such as ethanol. The solution is chilled to -18C to separate the oil from the other lipids and ethanol is removed in most cases with evaporation and vacuum purge.

Expression Method

Before the distilling became the man methods, expression used to be the only extraction method. Some argue that the essential oils which are produces by this method are more pure and they are preferred for medicinal uses. A higher price can be demanded for them.

Citrus oils, produced from the orange or lemon peel, are examples of essential oils which are expressed manually in mills. Also some rare essential oils, such as ginger oil, are produced from seeds or root are produced using this method.

Medicinal Use Of Essential Oils

Ayurvedic medicine uses essential oils in many of its remedies. They are used to treat everything from curing stomach upsets and indigestion, flu and airway infections, various skin problems to much more serious diseases. They can also be used to balance out the doshas.

The usage of the oils depends on the active ingredients in the essential oil. Some of the most commonly used essential oils in ayurvedic medicine are: ylang-ylang, ginger, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, bergamot, lemon, oregano, cinnamon, eucalyptus, tea tree and frankincense.

There are several different methods for using the essential oils for curing or relieving various conditions. They can be transformed into ointments and oils to be massaged into the skin. They can be consumed in some tea or water. The essential oils can also be added into the bath and washing water or inhaled with the help of water vapour.

Cosmetic Use Of Essential Oils

kimsukadiEssential oils are a key ingredient in all ayurvedic skin creams and oils, shampoos, conditioners and hair oils. Typically pure essential oils are used for face elixirs and blended with waxes or butter for creams and with other oils, such as coconut or almond oil for body oils.

Simply more essential oils are being used for the cosmetic product, more natural and therefore more expensive it is. However these products produced from pure essential oils are also very effective, as they are hand picked for their ability to heal, invigorate and regenerate the skin.

Not all essential oils which are effective for skin care have a pleasant smells and often other essential oils are added to the skin care products for their pleasant smell. Essential oils are also used in ayurvedic hair oils, shampoos and conditioners both for their benefits and the aroma-therapeutic effect.

Take a look at some of the skin care products produced with essential oils, according to the ancient ayurvedic recipes:

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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing.”  – Gabriel Mojay

Aromatherapy or Essential Oil therapy, is using the aromatic essences extracted from the plants to heal the body, mind and the spirit. There are many way of using essential oils for aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy works by the vapour penetrating our brains via our nasal cavity. It connects with the areas of the brain that process desires, emotions, memories and appetite, as well as stimulates endocrine glads, which are responsible for regulating our hormone levels.

Perfumes

Probably the oldest form of aromatherapy there is. Perfumes or their diluted forms such as cologne water, are made by combining essential oils, sometimes mixing it to a base, to produce a pleasant aroma. The more rare and exquisite the ingredients, the more expensive the perfume.

These aromas range from sweet to pungent and their fragrance chances once it gets in touch with the skin and it’s own oils. This is the reason why the same perfume smells great on one person while making an other stink awful. Their purposes are to excite, to overpower, soothe, seduce or repel other people, often the opposite sex.

Bath Oils

Aroma Bath

Essential oils are added into other oils, such as almond oil, to produce a bath oil, which is both great for the skin and also provides either a soothing and relaxing or energising and invigorating experience. Few drops of pure essential oil can also be used in the bath water.

Scented Candles

Scented candles are produced by adding a blend of essential oils into the candle wax during the production.  They release aroma into the air when they burn. The aromas can be relaxing or invigorating, setting the mood in the room.

Most scented candles in the market are not produced with real essential oils, but rather with synthesised aromas.

Essential Oil Burners and Diffusers

The essential oil aroma is spread into the room with a help of a warm water dish, an oil burner,  dried grass method or an electrical diffuser either with the help of water vapour of a fan.

You can read more about essential oil diffusers in my article:

What Exactly Is an Aromatherapy Diffuser

Incense

insenceNatural incense, either sticks or cones are made with blending essential oils with combustible base. Incense is burned and the aroma from the essential oils is released into the air, however the combustible component pollutes the air and is harmful for the lungs.

Massage Oils

Essential oils are added into other oils, such as almond oil or coconut oil or ghee to produce a massage oil. Massage with the essential oil is especially powerful as it combines the therapeutic effects of the massage itself, the aromatherapeutic and the medicinal effect of the essential oils used.

The essential oil massage in the hand of a good massage therapist can be invigorating, tension and pain relieving, relaxing or even sensual. You can read about the usage of aromatherapy for lifting a depression in my article:

How To Deal With Depression Naturally

My Loving Advice

Both essential oils and aromatherapy have always played an important part of my life. In every human being scents trigger memories, but everyone has one or two senses that are more important than the other. For me smells are the most important, making aromatherapy extremely effective way of altering my moods.

Therefore I have my house well stocked with scented candles, incense and perfumes. I used essential oils every day either for healing or purely for the mental benefit of their aromas have on me and others. Read in my latest aromatherapy article, how I used essential oils to ensure my children succeed in their exams:

Essential Oils For Concentration and Memory

I hope I have convinced you how they can chance yours. If you have any questions or want to talk about your own experiences with essential oils, please leave me a comment below.

ॐ Love and Purity,

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Peppermint Essential Oil Uses – Herbal Health

Peppermint essential oil has many uses. It provides a cooling sensation, reliefs sore muscles and has a calming effect on the body. It also helps with digestive issues and freshens bad breath. 

Essential oils are important part of ayurveda, where they can be used to balance out doshas. Besides being used as medicine, and for aromatherapy treatments, they are present in many of the herbal beauty creams and oils.

You can read more about the benefits of essential oils in my article here:

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Peppermint Essential Oil Uses

Peppermint essential oil is obtained from a peppermint plant,that is a hybrid species of watermint and spearmint.  It is indigenous to Europe and Middle East.

A lot of medical studies have been conducted into the wonderful benefits of peppermint essential oil, but this article discusses them from ayurvedic remedies point of view.

peppermint

Peppermint is extremely powerful herb in ayurvedic medicine. It is also favourite in many recipes, where it’s not the main active ingredient due to its pleasant fresh taste and fragrance.

It is also often used in cooking. toothpastes and its one of the most popular herbal teas.

Peppermint essential oil provides a cooling sensation, reliefs sore muscles and has a calming effect on the body. It also helps with digestive issues and freshens bad breath.  It is often present in many natural remedies for various skin conditions, airway infections and flu.

It is important that you choose organic and pure peppermint essential oil in order to receive the full benefits from this herb.

You can order pure organic peppermint essential oil here:

Improves Digestion

Peppermint oil improved digestion and helps with stomach aches. It works by reducing gastric acid and spasms, hence reducing pains associates with poor digestion.

It has also been found to improve the many of the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), like gas, bloating, indigestion, gas and irregularity.

It is also safe to use on infants and therefore often an effective ingredient in colic medication that can be added to a milk.

Usage

Use 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil in a glass of water. You can also add the oil into tea. Please not that peppermint tea produced from the peppermint leafs is not as effective as pure peppermint essential oil, although it is often marketed as such and main ingredient in many digestive teas.

For colic, add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil to a 250ml bottle of breast milk or formula.

Read about my other home remedies for digestion problems:

Ayurvedic Remedies For Digestion

Relief Skin Problems

skinBecause of the cooling effects of peppermint on the skin, it has a great soothing relief for burns, sunburns and diaper rash. It also helps to support healthy skin renewal.

It is also great to calm itchy skin and prevent scratching. Therefore it is often used on children when they suffer from chicken pox or measles or for poison ivy itches.

Due to its anti-microbial properties, it can also be called to treat various skin infections and fight eczema and psoriasis often together with lavender essential oil. Peppermint essential oil is also used as an active ingredient to cure acne and prevent black heads.

Usage

Mix some drops with coconut oil and spread on the skin. Repeat when necessary.

Fight Bad Breath

Homemade toothpaste with mintPeppermint has anti-bacterial abilities and therefore it balances the bacteria that lives in the mouth, throat, gums and the oral cavity, fighting both bad breath and cavities, making it one of the favourite ingredients in chewing gums, toothpastes and mouth washes.

Usage

Make your own tooth paste with peppermint or add few drops into a glass of water for mouth wash.

Find out in my own article how you can further improve your oral health by using coconut oil pulling technique:

Benefits of Coconut Oil Pulling – Healthier Teeth and Mouth

Pain Relief

Peppermint essential oil is extremely effective natural painkiller. It improves circulation and reliefs tension. It is used for soothing aching muscles and joints.

It is also  effective cure for headaches and migranes, sore and cramping muscles. It is also effective against fibromyalgia and Myofascial pain syndrome. It therefore often used in rubbing creams together with eucalyptus and menthol.

Usage

For rubbing ointment, mix coconut oil with few drops of peppermint, menthol and eucalyptus essential oil. For headaches, rub few drops under your nose and on your forehead.

Flu Remedy

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Because peppermint fights fever, airways and sinus infections, it is an extremely effective flu remedy. It unclogs the sinuses, opens your airways and acts as a decongestant. It brings relief to scratchy throats.

Because of its cooling effect, it reduces fever. Together with eucalyptus it has also been traditionally used against cough, asthma, and bronchitis with a water vapour diffuser.

Usage

  • For astma, bronchitis , flu, sinus and airways infections – Add few drops together with eucalyptus oil into a water vapor diffuser over night. Drink few drops mixed in warm water or tea.
  • For fever – Add few drops into coconut oil and rub the chest and forehead with the oil. Add to water which is used to wash and cool the patient.

Take a look my other ayurvedic flu remedy here:

Ayurvedic Remedies For Flu

Mood Booster

Peppermint essential oil is a mayor mood booster.  It stimulates the mind and gives you a wake up call in the mornings. It also helps you to improve concentration and can be used to reduce stress.

It is popular among Indian students taking their exams. It can also help people who have difficulties of waking up in the morning or suffer from chronic fatigue.

It is also know for the ability to “burn the midnight oil” and therefore a favourite of truck drivers and medical personal who have to work at night.

Read here how peppermint essential oil can be used by the students to improve the studying results:

Essential Oils for Concentration and Memory

Usage

Use few drops under your nose, add to warm water or tea. Add to your shampoo and wash your hair in the morning with it.

Other Uses

  • Reduce Hunger Cravings – Often used in diet products, peppermint oil prevents munches and helps you feel full longer.
  • ADHD Support – Few drops in clothing are known to improve concentration and alertness.
  • Teething – Rub few drops with a finger in the infacts teeth. It cools down the aching gums.
  • Balance hormones – few drops in pyjamas reduces nightsweats during menopause and cramps during mensturation.
  • Allergy Relief – Peppermint essential oil relaxes the naval passages and helps to clear out mucus and pollen during the allergy season. Use diffuser for further reliefing congestion.
  • Reduce Nausea – Inhaling few drops of peppermint essential oil from a napkin or smearing a little oil under the nose helps to prevent nausea and is often used as a natural relief during pregnancy and chemotherapy treatments.
  • Shampoo – Improves hair growth, removes dandruff and fights lice
  • Bug Repellent – Peppermint essential oil is also a very effective bug repellent. Add few drops to coconut oil and use as a cream to prevent mosquito bites. Use in an aromatherapy diffuser to repel mice, ants, bed bugs, spiders and cockroaches from the house.

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My Loving Advice

I always have peppermint essential oil in my herbal cabinet. Over the years I have used it on my children to relief colic and soothe diaper rashes and teething problems. I added it to pumped breast milk to sooth colic and used it to treat my daughters IBS.

It was also used it to fight common colds, fevers, sinus and airway infections. It cured many sun burns caused by the sun or fire. We used it to repel insects and sooth skin problems from eczema to measles.

It is also an important ingredient in my homemade toothpaste and mouth wash. During my cancer it helped me through the nasty spells of nausea and headaches. It helped to relief the symptoms of my menopause and inflammation of my joints.

I use it every day in my aromatherapy diffuser and often on the sauna as well. Peppermint essential oil uses are countless and I really don’t know what I would do without it!

ॐ Love and Health

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AromatherapyP.S. If you want to enjoy the benefits of peppermint essential oil in your life take a look at the Ayurveda aroma experience This high power, silent and portable essential oil diffuser can bring you the benefits of aromatherapy into your home .