Aromatherapy Blends for Studying and Focus

When you really need an extra hit of concentration it’s tempting to head to the kitchen and make another cup of coffee. While caffeine can be effective, there are much gentler natural ways to jolt your concentration again, and they don’t have to involve double shots of espresso!

Using essential oils can be really beneficial for concentration and focus when studying, and these are much better for kids and teens than artificial stimulants. Some oils are said to have stimulating effects on the brain, which are felt immediately, and they also boost overall mood, which can’t be bad. The emotional center of our our brain is directly linked to the olfactory epithelium in our noses, and this is why sniffing certain smells can have such a powerful effect on the mind. So which oils do you opt for (and blend) for optimum focus?


A study from 2017 found that students who worked in a room filled with rosemary essential oil scent scored 5% to 7% more than other students in memory tests. Rosemary has been associated with

memory for centuries and was even referenced by Shakespeare. The best way to get rosemary’s effects are to dilute a few drops with a carrier oil and rub directly on your wrists or temples, put a few drops in your bath, or use a portable diffuser while studying.


Another essential oil that can improve focus is lavender. Yes, it’s bestknown for relaxation and helping beat insomnia, but a Japanese study also indicated that people who inhaled lavender essential oil during study breaks carried on studying just as intently after a break, getting straight back to work and not losing any concentration. So, diffusing some lavender essential oil could leave you feeling more motivated to complete the task at hand, ultimately leading to better results.


This fresh scent is definitely a boost –  it’s good for studying and concentration. According to a
study from back in 1991, just inhaling peppermint essential oil can help when you need to do a task that requires sustained attention –and studying can get dull, after a while. Pep yourself up with a good

deep inhale of peppermint oil or diffuse it in a burner for more sustained effects. Just don’t ever apply peppermint (or wintergreen) essential oil directly to your skin. I know first hand just from sniffing the bottle too closely that it can burn.


Lastly, who doesn’t love the smell of fresh lemon? This invigorating essential oil has well-proven effects on the mind and its concentration abilities. It may also help with anxiety and stress. It’s boost for sure.

Why not experiment with mixing oils and adding to to your diffuser for a concentration mood boost – include lavender, jasmine, peppermint, and lemon essential oils to help with clear thinking, focus, and concentration in the coming school year.

I don’t recommend consuming essential oils unless under the supervision of a certified aromatherapist. Lavender and rose is usually tolerated applied neat to the skin, however use caution and many other oils can burn. You can mix a few drops of essential oil into a carrier oil or unscented lotion instead of putting them directly on your skin.

My oils can be purchased either directly from me or at 916 Galleria in Elgin Mall. These are pure oils, but not a multi level marking company, prices are typically much more reasonable from me. I also have some training in aromatherapy. Feel free to message me with questions, I have lots of resources about oils and am happy to educate myself further while helping you.