When you are start your day tired, you know you have a lot to do that day and you wonder how you are going to get it all done, let alone concentrate fully on every task at hand, essential oils are not always the first thing that comes to mind.
This is because their brain stimulant properties are often not thought about and are sometimes less recognized. Personally I use essential oils when I am writing my blog posts, driving long distances, helping my children with their homework at the end of a busy day and when I am doing the boring task of my accounts. In essence I use essential oils to boost my brain power, enhance my concentration when I am feeling tired, I can feel my energy levels are dwindling fast or I have tasks to for fill that need my undivided attention.
Essential oils have an instant effect on our brain as they are mood enhancers, improve focus and energizes our energy levels, which is why when I am feeling like I have fog brain and all i want to do is procrastinate I grab my essential oils instead of a strong cup of coffee to boost my concentration and my overall performance.
My top favorite essential oils that boost productivity
Cinnamon – The stimulating properties in cinnamon can help fight mental fatigue and improve concentration and focus.
- Cinnamon oil can be diffused throughout your home using a diffuser. You can also directly inhale the oil by sniffing it right out of the bottle.
Lemon – This scent promotes concentration and has calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you’re feeling angry, anxious or run down. Lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can help fight sore throats and colds by boosting the body’s immune system and improving circulation.
- Increase your alertness first thing in the morning with an energising essential oil shower melt. (Mix 1 cup of cornstarch, ½ cup of baking soda, 7 drops rosemary, 5 drops peppermint and 3 drops lemon essential oil in a large bowl with a whisk. Now start adding water, little by little to form a thick paste, this part is easy to mess up so make sure you keep adding the water in small quantities. The baking soda will make it fizz a little but don’t worry about it, focus on creating a thick paste. Once that’s created, scoop it up into a ice cube tray and keep it in the freezer for 2-3 hours. After which, pop them out and store in a mason jar. To use, place one on the shower floor and the steam and hot water will break it down, leaving you with the energizing scents of the oils in the air!)
- Diffusing lemon essential oil in the air can lift mood and fight depression.
Jasmine – Jasmine it is also used to calm nerves, but this oil is also commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalized energy.
- To boost your focus massage into your pulse points Jasmine, Sweet Basil and peppermint essential oil. (In a 10 ml roller bottle, add 7 drops rosemary, 5 drops sweet basil, 3 drops peppermint and 1 drop Jasmine essential oils, topped off with almond oil. Roll between your palms to shake up the oils and use on your pulse points)
- It can either be directly inhaled through the nose right out of the bottle of diffused into the air using a diffuser.
Rosemary – This is the perfect Monday morning pick-me-up. In addition to improving memory retention, rosemary has stimulating properties that fight physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue. It’s excellent to use in the mornings when one needs a bit of help getting going.
- Diffuse Rosemary with Grapefruit and Peppermint to give you a boost and help you recover from mental fatigue. (3 drops of rosemary, 4 drops of grapefruit and 1 drop of peppermint essential oil into a aromatherapy diffuser)
- Massage Rosemary, Lavender and Roman Chamomile into tired to muscles and to give you an extra energy boost. (Mix 30 ml almond oil with 4 drops rosemary, 6 drops of lavender a 2 drops of roman chamomile essential oil together and then massage into your tired muscles.)
Peppermint – Try peppermint when brainstorming. An energy booster, this scent invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking.
- Remove your mind clutter and brain fog by diffusing Mint with Eucalyptus and Sweet orange. (2 drops of peppermint, 1 drop eucalyptus and 1 drop of sweet orange essential oils into a aromatherapy diffuser)
- Fill a 300 ml spray bottle with water and add 10-15 drops of peppermint oil. Spray on your top as needed for focus and mental clarity.
Quick reminder that although essential oils are the best natural product to boost your concentration and improve your productivity, they need to be used with mindful caution; under no circumstance should they be ingested or placed on the skin undiluted (always dilute with carrier oil). Also some essential oils cannot be used if you are pregnant and if you have any concerns as for advice from a trained aromatherapist.
Do you use essential oils to boost your productivity?
Which essential oil blends do you find clears your brain fog and energizes you?