While in severe cases lack of concentration, memory loss and slow thinking can be a sign of a serious medical condition, most of us can find our attention drifting at times. Everyone's brain is wired and programmed differently, and some people struggle with attention more than others.
With constant distractions at our fingertips, such as email notifications, social media and background noise, it is no wonder most of us may find it hard to concentrate at times.
Lack of concentration and motivation may be symptoms of an underlying health condition, like mild cognitive impairment, or a mood disorder, like depression and anxiety. Declining focus also could result from lifestyle issues that should be addressed, such as stress, fatigue, poor sleep, dehydration, an unhealthy diet, or sedentary behaviour.
Among other helpful strategies to boost your concentration and motivation - such as mindfulness, healthy diet and apps that block notifications and social media access for certain periods of time - essential oils are well known to help boost memory, cognitive and mental ability.
When we inhale essential oils, the aromatic molecules trigger an electrical impulse that then sends a signal to the part of our brain called the limbic system, which is responsible for our ability to learn and remember.
4 essential oils to boost focus, concentration and motivation
- Rosemary: Rosemary has been linked to cognition and memory for hundreds of years. Students wore crowns of Rosemary in ancient Greece to improve their mental performance when taking exams. Rosemary has an incredibly reviving effect when you are feeling tired and have low energy. It is a very stimulating oil that revives and refreshes the mind, instils a sense of clarity, presence and sense of self-awareness One compound of Rosemary called 1,8-cineole may act in the same way as the drugs licensed to treat dementia causing an increase in a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.
- Peppermint: Peppermint oil has shown to improve memory and cognitive function. In a Study published by the International Journal of Neuroscience, Peppermint oil was found to enhance memory, increase alertness and enhance performance. Peppermint helps us become more clear-headed and refreshes the spirit. It is perfect for people who are unable to concentrate or who are experiencing metal or physical fatigue as it is quite refreshing and energising. It is recommended to counter any loss of motivation, low self-esteem and self-confidence. Shop our Peppermint essential oil here.
- Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus refreshes the mind and has a cleansing and gently stimulating effect as well as improves concentration and aids mental clarity. It is known also to improve focus and concentration. For some, it has been found more effective than caffeine, and without the side effects. ⠀
- Sweet orange: Sweet orange essential oil is cheerfully sweet, filled with sunshine and warmth. Extracted by expression of the orange peel, this versatile oil is uplifting and acts as a reviving tonic and relieves anxiety. Sweet Orange oil is known to relieve anxiety with its sweet, uplifting scent that can calm nervous tension, lift feelings of depression, lethargy and low mood. It evokes feelings of summer, sunshine and happiness. Shop Sweet Orange essential oil here.
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