Alternative Health

How to use essential oils for focus

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What are essential oils and aromatherapy?

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts, distilled from flowers, roots, or leaves. Many people use essential oils in order to feel relaxed or to aid with sleep, but they can also help to boost our energy levels, or even help you maintain focus and boost motivation.

Whether you’re working or studying from home or elsewhere, finding the right energy and concentration levels to tackle the demands of the day ahead can be challenging, and aromatherapy can be one way to help support your wellbeing.

Essential oils are the basis for aromatherapy: a complementary therapy thought to enhance mental and physical health thanks to the properties that different essential oils have when inhaled or absorbed by the skin. For example, essential oils can be applied topically as part of a massage (oils shouldn’t be applied directly to skin, but diluted with a carrier oil) or added to bath water.

There are qualified professionals who practise aromatherapy as a healing alternative therapy. But when it comes to enjoying the positive effects of essential oils on our wellbeing, some basic aromatherapy is something that anyone can try.

How to use essential oils for aromatherapy

How much kit you want to invest in is up to you, but the good news is you don’t necessarily need any. To benefit from essential oils in a quick and easy way, simply twist the cap off the bottle and breathe deeply through your nose. Avoid getting pure essential oil on your skin, as this can irritate if not diluted properly.

To create a fine mist of essential oils, an electronic diffuser is the ideal way to disperse them into the air in your home, adding your desired fragrance to any room.

Spritzing yourself with an energising essential oil spray can be another easy way to make aromatherapy part of your self-care habits, and can be a handy way to refresh and awaken your senses when you’re on-the-go.


Which essential oils help to improve focus and boost motivation?

Aromatherapy can be one way to boost your motivation and improve focus — giving you space to contemplate your goals and realign your priorities. Keep reading to find out which essential oils are best for concentration and how to use them.

Eucalyptus as an essential oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is made from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, which is native to Australia (eucalyptus forests are perhaps best known as the natural habitat of koalas).

Strong and refreshing, eucalyptus features in many cough and cold remedies, including nasal sprays, because its bracing aroma can help relieve congestion. This invigorating, fresh scent is also used by some people to improve concentration.

Rather than simply reaching for a caffeinated drink or sugary snack, inhaling refreshing eucalyptus essential oil could be another way to help perk yourself up.

Lemongrass as an essential oil

Lemongrass might be something that you’ve encountered as a cooking ingredient, as the stalks of this grassy plant, native to Southeast Asia, are commonly used for curry pastes and other marinades in Thai cuisine.

The stalks and leaves of the lemongrass plant are also the source of Lemongrass Essential Oil.

Clean and fresh with a hint of lemon, lemongrass oil is present in many soaps and cosmetic products. And much like citrus-based essential oils, the use of lemongrass essential oil is linked to the reduction of stress and increased energy.

Try Lemongrass Essential Oil for yourself, and see whether this oil’s mood-lifting properties help you refocus your efforts.

Rosemary as an essential oil

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There’s more to rosemary than being the ideal seasoning for roast potatoes. Rosemary essential oil is also associated with improving focus, as some people find its scent has a stimulating quality. The herby scent of rosemary essential oil may improve memory and boost your ability to concentrate.

Rosemary Essential Oil works particularly well in combination with other fresh aromas, such as mint and citrus, to create a stimulating blend that’s ideal for when you need enhanced focus.

Essential oil blends for clarity and focus

Pure essential oils contain the oil of only one plant source, such as lemongrass or rosemary, whereas an essential oil blend contains a mixture of one or more pure essential oils.

Using an essential oil blend can be helpful to restore focus and boost concentration, as it provides a combination of uplifting aromas into one convenient formula.

Mental Clarity Essential Oil is a blend that includes mint and herb-based aromas, such as basil, rosemary and peppermint. This convenient essential oil blend is designed to help banish brain fog and aid clear thinking.

Eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary come together in 4 Thrive Essential Oil, an invigorating blend that could help to awaken the senses and cleanse your mind.

Explore our full range of energising essential oils that might help you with clarity, focus, motivation, and more.


*Disclaimer: Always read the instructions on the bottle. Essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before applying directly to skin.

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