The Best Essential Oils To Help With Studying

by Jenna Jones October 20, 2020

The Best Essential Oils To Help With Studying

Whether you’re helping a child study for a quiz or you’re currently in school, studying is essential for learning  to translate into long-term knowledge. At the same time, the act of studying is easier said than done. In the wrong environment, brain fog can set in and cloud focus, creativity and memory.

If you’re curious about how to improve creativity and enhance focus, our favorite study aid is an all-natural solution called aromatherapy. Using various aromatherapy techniques might be the extra support your brain needs!

Essential oils are well-known for their potential to help soothe nerves, improve concentration and uplift the spirits. In combination with a calm, decluttered learning environment, they can help make it easier to pour mental energy into the task at hand.

In this short guide, we’ll help you brush up on the best essential oils for studying, focus and memory.

Essential Oils For Focus & Concentration

Sometimes, the biggest challenge is mustering the mental energy to focus on study materials.

In cases like these where mental fatigue is an issue, bright, citrusy and spicy aromas can provide a much-needed burst of zest and clarity. 

How do these aromas work?

  • Limonene is the primary compound in Lemon essential oil which is found in our Simply Citrus synergy blend. It is also prevalent in other citrus blends including Grapefruit and Lime. A 2008 study showed that lemon oil’s aroma creates a positive mood and increases levels of the chemical norepinephrine, which indicates increased wakefulness and energy.

  • Piperine is an element that is associated with improved cognitive functioning and memory.

We combine the best of these two compounds with other beneficial oils to create aromatherapy blends that are ideal for studying. 

Next, we’ll look at a few of our favorite essential oils and essential oil blends for cutting through mental chatter.

1. Focus, Focus, Focus

Focus, Focus, Focus is a blend that combines soothing Lavender and Cedarwood with other uplifting essential oils including:

  • Pink Pepper

  • Grapefruit

  • Geranium 

Thanks to its unique combination of relaxing and energizing oils, it can help an adult or child feel grounded and focused all at once. The best essential oils for memory and focus. Try it in a room spray to create an environment conducive to learning.

2. Study Buddy

Study Buddy combines bright citruses with piney Douglas Fir and complex Patchouli. The following ingredients can help provide a breath of fresh air to a study environment when the mental fatigue starts to set in:

  • Lemon

  • Lime

  • Grapefruit

  • Black Pepper

Part of our essential oils for kids line (OK For Kids), this blend can help keep children over the age of 2 focused on their work.  (It works great for adults, too!

3. Celery Seed

Celery Seed is the perfect oil for those who like very light aromas.

Celery juice is most commonly known as a vegetable for cleansing and energizing, but even if you don’t like the taste of celery, you may still enjoy the aroma of this pure essential oil! Celery Seed is a great ally for casting distractions to the wayside.

Essential Oils For Exam Anxiety

Sometimes, the main issue is overthinking. Jitters and nerves can keep someone from preparing for or being able to focus during upcoming tests or presentations. 

Do you have a child that gets a little queasy at the very idea of studying? Are you someone with test anxiety? There is an aroma that may help with finding calmness or grounded mental space where an adult or child can truly pay attention and thrive.

In this case, relaxing Lavender oil is your best friend. Pair it with another floral, soothing and lightly energizing oil, such as Basil.

Check out our three favorite calming essential oils for a stressless study session.

1. Breathe In, Breathe Out

What isn’t  breathing in and breathing out good for? Whether the goal is connecting with the body, clearing the mind or handling the cold and flu season, Breathe In, Breathe Out is a blend that has you and your family’s back.

Its mix of soothing Lavender and Chamomile, along with bright Ginger and Silver Fir, makes it ideal for beating self-doubt and conquering the next assignment. We know that building confidence in kids is a significant part of their growth and development which is why this essential oil has been formulated with pure ingredients to help children tackle each new project with confidence.

Pop this blend into your aromatherapy diffuser and place it near where your kids are studying!

2. Calm ‘Em Down

Calm 'Em Down is another great choice for test and school-related anxiety and stress. It combines Lavender with Sweet Orange, Damania, Vanilla and other sweetly uplifting aromas.

Slightly more floral than Breathe In, Breathe Out, this aroma can also be used as a natural perfume with discrete stress-busting properties.

3. Bergamot

Not a fan of Lavender? Not to worry! Bergamot essential oil is another one of our favorite aromas for quieting mental noise.

Derived from the citrus fruit bergamot, the aroma has uplifting energy, but it also provides deep grounding. This can make it perfect for a study session at home when focus and calm are needed.

Help Make Studying Easier

If you’re wondering:  Which essential oils for studying are safe for your children or grandchildren? Rest assured, when you shop with Edens Garden, there’s no guesswork involved. We’ve done the research so you can rest easy when you diffuse essential oils to help children find focus and calm. Kid safe essential oils can be found in our OK For Kids line.

Whether you prefer citrus essential oils such as Sweet Orange or Frankincense or you love the floral aroma of Jasmine, we have the perfect essential oil for you and your family!


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