Essential Oils for Focus and Concentration
Have you ever asked yourself or wondered, have we’ve all gone mad with our brain jumping from thing to thing?
Not being able to focus or concentrate can be detrimental to daily life. Fortunately, certain essential oils are capable of taming the monkey mind and can bring it under control from the constant chattering of distracting and unwarranted thoughts.
Essential oils for focus and concentration can help get your mind back in the game and help you focus on more important things for a length of time. In this article, you will discover which essential oils can help you improve your concentration.
Allow The Monkey in You To Focus
Concentration is the action or power to direct your attention or mental force into something. To concentrate on something is what allows us to learn or to understand what is being spoken, taught, or what is in front of us at the time. Without concentration, our brain simply would not collect any information about what we saw or learned.
Focus is what directs the brain to be aware of something important. For some, focusing and concentrating on things might be hard as it is easy for the mind to wander as the things around them are not interesting.
Constant distractions are making it even harder for people to concentrate nowadays, as mobile phones make it easy to be distracted with regular notifications for various apps, texts, and alerts.
When one thinks of the monkey mind, one can’t help but remember a Super Bowl Commercial several years ago.
Monkey on the Brains: The Mountain Dew Super Bowl 50 Ad was called, “Puppy Monkey Baby.” Truly, the marketing agency that created this advertisement was suffering from Monkey Mind. Please watch and then we’ll use our essential oils later to try to bleach this image from our memories. That is if this ridiculous image hasn’t already been etched into your mind.
Puppy Monkey Baby
If you saw this ad several years ago for the first time, you probably were scratching your head, wondering, what was the product they were advertising? Were these advertisers on drugs when they came up with this idea and fall down into some Alice and Wonderland rabbit hole?
For those who saw it for the first time today, then it may make more sense to you knowing that the puppy-monkey-baby is what is going on in our scrambled up minds when the Monkey Mind takes over (possibly from drinking Mountain Dew Kickstart). The ad’s combination of three different body parts of different animals and a baby was borderline nightmarish and that alone should convince you the Monkey Mind is nothing to mess around with.
What Causes the Loss of Concentration and Focus (Monkey Mind)?
Since 2000, the average attention span has dramatically shortened due to the mobile phone age. A study conducted by Microsoft Corp revealed that people generally lose concentration and focus after about eight seconds, bringing an all-time low from the previous twelve seconds in previous studies.
The study showed that the average human being has less concentration than that of a goldfish! The goldfish can hold his attention one second longer than us. We are in BIG TROUBLE.
With each younger generation getting worse as time goes on, the survey revealed that 77% of people aged 18-24 would say “yes” when asked, “when nothing has my attention, the first thing I do is reach for my phone,” and when those asked over the age of 65 only 10% said yes.
How Essential Oils Help Focus and Concentration (Tame the Monkey)
Essential oils for focus and concentration that have nootropic properties are great for improving focus and concentration. Essential oils also can boost energy to help when studying or when trying to learn something new to help the brain concentrate better on the task at hand.
Essential oils help to calm the body with sedative properties to help retain the information that is being fed to the brain. It is often easy to get stressed when trying to concentrate, and it is imperative to relax to help you learn the information efficiently and effectively.
Essential Oils for Focus and Concentration
Bergamot – The sedative abilities help to soothe nerves and reduce anxiety and stress, which makes studying or concentrating on a subject hard when having anxiety or stressed. As shown in this 2017 study when used in a waiting room to help reduce anxiety and stress.
Frankincense – Frankincense has been renowned for its ability to eliminate germs and to clean wounds to prevent infections with its antiseptic attributes. This oil is also known for being sedative that helps with reducing stress, anxiety, or even anger. Frankincense possesses anxiolytic properties to help reduce anxiety and stress that may be built up when trying to focus on a task.
Lavender – Lavender is among the best of essential oils and rightly so with its various properties to help one relax and the body to reduce stress. A study that was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed lavender to help participants that were taking a memory test to help more than a placebo aroma when inhaled.
Lavender has also been found in a study published in 2013 to help reduce stress when sprayed on clothes with that was only 3% of actual lavender oil within the spray.
A study done in Japan showed lavender to increase concentration when inhaled on a break before going back to work.
Lemon – Mostly known for its uplifting and energizing properties, it also has fantastic benefits to concentration and focus. Also, it helps to provide more relaxation and to cut back on the stress that may have built up throughout the day. Studies have been conducted that show lemon to impact stress levels through the regulation of dopamine and serotonin in the brain.
Studies have shown rosemary, lemon, lavender, and orange essential oils to help improve cognitive function in patients that were affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Lemon also possesses antidepressant-like and anxiolytic properties that are known to reduce anxiety and stress within the body, as shown in a study published in 2006, showing the effects of lemon oil in mice.
Research that was done in Japan showed when inhaled lemon increases typing accuracy by 54% fewer errors, compared to 33% less when smelling jasmine, and 20% less with lavender.
Peppermint – Peppermint harnesses properties that can promote more focus and concentrate while also adding many other uses. Also, as one of the most popular and widely used essential oils on the market that increases mental alertness, it helps to relieve headaches when they occur after being in stressful environments. The fragrance of peppermint essential oil is known to help settle upset stomachs and curb nausea.
Research that was published in 1990 stated the inhalation of peppermint essential oil improved mental alertness, focus, and concentration.
Another study was done on peppermint also showed a boosted accuracy of memory when inhaled.
Note: A later study showed that eating peppermint did not have an effect of memory as opposed to the inhalation of peppermint.
Rosemary – Recent studies have shown this scent to help sharpen the senses and improve memory. Studies have shown rosemary oil to be effective in boosting mental awareness and being able to clear the mind to help one study and to help aide memory improvement.