Oils are wonderful for mood and focus. If you're feeling a bit out of sorts and can't focus on the task at hand, essential oils have a brilliant way of working with the body to influence brain activity. If you think about it, it's not so hard to believe that essential oils can work in this way - our sense of smell, courtesy of our olfactory system, is the strongest of our senses and our olfactory sensors have a direct connection to the brain.
"Each olfactory neuron has one odor receptor. Microscopic molecules released by substances around us—whether it's coffee brewing or pine trees in a forest—stimulate these receptors. Once the neurons detect the molecules, they send messages to your brain, which identifies the smell. There are more smells in the environment than there are receptors, and any given molecule may stimulate a combination of receptors, creating a unique representation in the brain. These representations are registered by the brain as a particular smell." (1)
Think about it - instead of relying on stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol or sugar (an overuse of which can have detrimental effects on our health and wellbeing), we can use natural plant extracts of the highest quality. They're safe (when used correctly), economical (especially when compared with the cost of poor health and long lists of medication) and easy to use.
Check out this great experiment conducted by a third grade student in the US using dōTERRA essential oils to see whether certain essential oils could improve focus, test scores, and overall classroom behavior.
"Over the course of the study, most of the class felt less tired, seemed more alert, and students had an easier time remembering answers and paying attention during lessons. The class average for the math test jumped from 83.5 percent to 93.1 percent by the end of the second week. “My study shows that diffusing essential oils improves our class behavior. We were able to remember our answers and stay focused throughout the day.” Fallon is very excited for next year’s science fair. She is planning on doing another experiment with doTERRA essential oils!
- Increased focus and alertness
- Improved overall mood
- Math test score improved by 10 percent"
The way I use essential oils when it relates to mood is to diffuse a blend of oils that are well known for their effects on concentration or I dilute and apply them topically. A great place to apply oils when it relates to mood is to the mastoid bone behind the ears or the occipital triangle at the base of the neck. You can also rub a drop or two between your palms, close your eyes and inhale.
As always, it's important to address the underlying issue. Why are you finding it hard to concentrate? Do you need to address overstimulation so you can get your work or study done or perhaps you're physically and mentally tired and need stimulation. Different oils will have different effects on the body so it's important to get your hands on a good resource or two so you have something to turn to when you want to make yourself a blend to diffuse or apply.
I've used many oils over the years and the company I've chosen to align myself with is dōTERRA. You can get your oils for the same wholesale price as me by clicking here. Setting up a wholesale account with me to guide you ensures you have the support you need to incorporate these oils into your day-to-day life with ease.
Okay, so which oils would I choose to help me get sh!t done? Let's see...
Concentration / Focus
In Tune - Focus Blend
Reduces mental distraction
Relieves mental fatigue
Promotes mental clarity
Encourages self confidence
How do I get these oils for myself?
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(1) NIH - National Cancer Institute
Johnson, S. (2015) Evidence-based Essential Oil Therapy - The Ultimate Guide to the Therapeutic and Clinical Application of Essential Oils (1st ed.).
The essential life: a simple guide to living the wellness lifestyle. (2015). Total Wellness Publishing.