Essential Oils for Back to School
Ancient Romans and Greeks wove rosemary into their hair to enhance their memory while studying. They knew what they were doing too- Modern research is proving to support these ideas.
A university in Japan experimented with diffusing essential oils in the office. When they diffused lemon, there were 54% fewer errors. When essential oils were diffused while studying, then again while testing, test scores increased by as much as 50%.
Why does this work? With each inhalation of an essential oil, the olfactory nerves in the nostril send a message to the brain. Then, transmitters in the brain are released- each with different effects on the body such as memory help, stress relief, and increased energy.
To help with memory:
Choose an essential oil and diffuse it during study. When you go to take the test, reintroduce the smell into the air with the oil on a cotton ball or even on the back of your hand. The smell will help recall the study material in the same way the smell of baked cookies suddenly reminds you of grandma's house or after school with friends. A different oil should be used for each subject or test.
Oils to try- Frankincense, Rosemary, Basil, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Sage, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cypress, Ylang Ylang.
For a smooth bedtime:
Diffuse in the room 1 hour before going to sleep, spray on a pillow, rub on spine or bottom of the feet with a mini massage or AromaTouch hand technique. Add a few drops to the tub.
Oils to try- Serenity Blend, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Bergamot, Marjoram, Wild Orange, Vetiver.
To boost immunity:
Mist essential oils in a room to cleanse and purify the air. Dilute and clean doorknobs, telephones, desks, phones, etc. Rub on feet daily to support general wellness. Take ingestable oils in a capsule or a few drops in water. Diffuse in the air.
Oils to try- Protection blend, Peppermint, Lemon, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Lavender, Frankincense
To help with waking up:
Inhale upon rising first thing in the morning. Diffuse in the air during breakfast. Rub on the base of the scull, temples, and feet. Add drops of ingestable oils to water and drink in the morning.
Oils to try- Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Geranium, Bergamot
To help with mental clarity and focus:
Rub on temples, brain stem, and forehead, mix in a roller or spray bottle and use throughout the day. Where a terracotta pendant enhanced with drops of essential oils. Smell throughout the day.
Oils to try- Rosemary, Black Pepper, Marjoram, Peppermint, Wild Orange, Basil, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Bergamot, Lemongrass, Clove
Try some favorite kids diffuser blends and sprays:
Study Spray- Good to diffuse during homework time
2 Drops Rosemary
3 Drops Wild Orange
2 Drops Peppermint
Bubble Gum Blend- Great to diffuse in the during the morning routine
4 Drops Grapefruit
2 Drops Ylang Ylang
1 Drop Eucalyptus
Root Beer Float Blend- Another great one to lift moods
4 Drops Citrus Blend
4 Drops Wintergreen
Sleepy Spray- Diffuse for a good night's sleep
5 Drops Peaceful Blend
1 Drop Wild Orange
Uplifting - Great one for afternoon pick me up
3 Drops Fennel
4 Drops Lemon
3 Drops Marjoram