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Essential Oils for Concentration:

Intellectual: Lemon, basil, lemongrass, cardamom, bergamot, orange, cedarwood, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, frankincense

The essential oils listed in italics are particularly efficient for intellectual study.

For a stimulating effect, to give a little boost to the study room, try using a citrus essential oil: lemon or grapefruit, lemon eucalyptus, or a light floral in a room diffusor. The aroma should not be overpowering, but barely perceptible.

To make up a general concentration blend for a room spray:

  • 20 drops Lemon
  • 6 drops Basil
  • 2 drops Rosemary

Use a new plant-sprayer. Put warm (not boiling) water in, add the essential oils and shake. Allow the mixture to blend. Spray high in the air around the study area.

These essential oils are stimulating, so try not to spray the room (if the study area is a bedroom) too close to bedtime.

You could also use one drop of any of these essential oils on a tissue, to inhale from time to time when the focus starts to wander.

Exams, Tests and Interviews:

Here is a synergistic blend which will boost confidence, increase the powers of memory and allow you to concentrate – great for the day of an exam:

  • 8 drops Grapefruit
  • 5 drops Basil
  • 5 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Lavender

Mix the component parts together and use 6 drops of this blend in the bath before going to the exam, or put 3 drops on a wet facecloth and rub all over your body in the shower. Inhale the aroma deeply to get the full effect.

The Dreaded Night Before “Sweet Dreams” Blend

A good night’s sleep before an exam, test or interview is also very important. Here are a couple of suggestions that you can do the night before to calm jangled nerves and get that very important night’s rest:

  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 6 drops Geranium
  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 3 drops Lemon

Make up a concentration by mixing the component parts together. Use 6 drops of this blend in a bath just before bedtime, and use 5 drops in a dessertspoon of vegetable oil (or other carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, etc) and use in a massage.

Article Sources:

The Fragrant Mind by Valerie Ann Wormwood

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