Focus Your Mind with Essential Oils
For example, is particularly powerful for quite a few reasons. Its physical benefits are indisputable, especially potent against indigestion. It's a natural astringent and is even used for inflammation and house-cleaning. A major benefit to it is that it absorbs into the skin quickly, especially in thinner areas of the skin, and the effects are near immediate compared to many other oils.
For many people, frankincense is a potent focus booster due to its ability to just plain annihilate negative emotions for a while. The result tends to be that users find it clears their mind of any distractions on a temporary basis, making their mind wander less and invigorating their brain to a more productive state of being. Typically, it seems to be the most effective if it is massaged on your temples and can also relieve any oncoming headaches that way.
Rosemary is another popular essential oil that makes its way centuries ago. “Rosemary, that's for remembrance” tends to be a quote that is often gone back to for a variety of concentration and focus blends. Well, Hamlet certainly benefited, and when used correctly, you can as well. It doesn't quite have the effect of frankincense, but it's a natural oil with so many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits that it's made itself very popular for massage oils.
Its ability to improve memory is also phenomenal and noted in several journals. With a little rosemary essential oil above your cupid's bow, you'll find your concentration benefits from the power to recall details that you might not have remembered before. With that recall, you might even find yourself prioritizing tasks a lot easier and finding yourself not getting side-tracked by having to look something up and getting distracted.
An amazing essential oil that is typically not mentioned in the context of concentration and focus is peppermint. Peppermint is interesting in the cooling sensation that you feel when putting it on the skin is your skin tightening and the muscles below it relaxing.
This is useful for stomach aches and muscle relief, but peppermint is also actually useful as a temporary “treatment” for ADHD. It calms the mind and its potent smell makes for an excellent mental anchor for a brain to adhere to instead of wandering aimlessly, missing details or zoning out entirely for the duration of your meeting or lecture.
Generally, a good way to ensure the effect sticks around for as long as possible is to spray your shirt around the collar. If you don't feel like having your shirt smell like your favorite chewing gum, try also putting it on your nostrils or the pulse points of your jaw, and if that is still too potent, you might want to try a rosemary-mint shampoo. There are several recipes for it online, it will cleanse your scalp, and the smell is not quite as likely to be intrusive in the initial contact.
Another good one is basil. In aromatherapy, basil is surprisingly common as a booster due to its calming and gently uplifting effect on the human mind. Extended use of basil essential oils has been linked to alleviation in anxiety disorders and depression. Typically, it is blended with other oils as a base note and placed into a diffuser, which will be gone over later.
When it is used with the context of a mental disorder for an extended period of time, it's been found that anxiety attacks tend to become less frequent or significantly less intense, and for depression, the “lows” are a little more tolerable, and as a result, interrupting thoughts are handled in a safer manner than simply trying to ignore them for as long as you can and breaking down at a later time, resulting in a lot more mental comfort and increasing your productivity.
For the more creative types, ginger essential oil has been touted as a bit of a godsend and it makes an excellent booster. Not only does it invigorate the mind, but some people believe that applying it to your wrists or between your eyebrows will open the mental gates to become far for inspired.
While spirituality might have quite a bit to do with this phenomenon (you're placing the essential oil on the hands, which are believed to be used to create, or a chakra point that could be “blocked”), using it as a booster in your concentration mixture does seem to create a flow of creativity, which may in fact be a by-product of that invigoration. When you are more aware, problem solving and creative solutions simply come naturally.
Once again, though, these are some general ideas. Smells are extremely personal, so you may find that a typically calming smell, such as lavender, is going to be better for your concentration than rosemary due to a personal connection you have to lavender.
When you go to purchase your essential oils, you will typically be able to find testers. The key here is to put on the oils you wish to test out, put them against a pulse point, as if you are putting on cologne or perfume, and then wear them for an hour. If you are getting your desired effects, you can return to the store and then purchase what you need.