Best Essential Oils to Help Students Focus in School

Best essential oils to help students focus in school

It can be difficult to study in a school environment, especially if the library is packed, the dorm room’s volume is at a roar, and there’s no quiet place to find the peace required to focus on your schoolwork.

MONQ anticipated the difficulties that college students face while studying. This was one of the main reasons that factored into the creation of the innovative blend FOCUS.1

A nootropic, or “smart drug,” FOCUS contains a blend of essential oils that boosts concentration, productivity, clarity, and vision.

The mix of essential oils like bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, juniper berry, and coffee, improves focus. This makes it easier for students to overlook distractions.

In the same way that animal shelters or hospitals have found that lavender essential oil is helpful for keeping animals calm in a stressful environment, essential oils can help students focus on their studies for tests. Highlighted below are some of the top essential oils for boosting focus to help you amp up your studies.

Best Essential Oils for Boosting Focus

Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Juniper berry essential oil contains alpha-pinene, which offers neuroprotective effects. Additionally, it protects the neurotransmitters that send messages from the brain to other parts of the body.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary has been used to spark memory since the Shakespearean era, but contemporary researchers have provided empirical evidence for what was once considered an old wives’ tale. A study from researchers at the North Umbria University found that rosemary helped increase memory by as much as 75%.

With increased memory, the ability to recall facts and other information is less tricky, and it becomes easier to focus on the task at hand.2

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil helps clear away distractions, allowing for an unwavering focus on a specific paper or research project. It contains a generous amount of limonene which is an excellent mood-lifting monoterpene.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint helps give the brain a boost of clarity and energy, making it easier to think. Furthermore, it can improve learning and information retention. According to a 2016 study, peppermint helps improve memory and alertness, making it easier to process new facts.3

Bergamot Essential Oil

The oil that gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive citrus aroma also helps relieve feelings of stress in the same way a good cup of tea might.

A 2015 study from Japanese researchers found that exposure to bergamot helped lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, relieving the brain of anxiety so that critical thinking is not impaired.4

Lavender Essential Oil

Studies have shown that lavender, one of the most powerful and versatile essential oils, helps strengthen memory, improves the ability to recall facts, and relieves stress.

Vetiver Essential Oil

Also known as the oil of tranquility, vetiver essential oil helps ease symptoms of stress, allowing the brain to focus on more important things that uncontrollable anxiety. This oil is also believed to boost confidence, so after writing that perfect speech, it will be easier to give the best presentation possible.

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Final Thoughts

With the stress of exams, homework, extracurriculars, and social activities, it can be easy to forget about the importance of self-care. Using essential oils, whether topically on the skin or in a bath, or aromatically in a room diffuser or personal diffuser, can provide that much-needed self-care while allowing you to improve your focus and reduce stress levels for future study sessions.

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Savannah W.

By Savannah Wilson

Savannah is an aromatherapy enthusiast who takes pride in knowing everything about essential oils, from ylang-ylang to chamomile. When taking a break from learning more about essential oils, Savannah likes to spend her time reading books or working out.

Favorite MONQ blend: Sexy

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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