Improve Your Thinking—Essential Oils for Memory

Improve Your Thinking. Here are some Essential Oils for Memory

When you’re feeling like your memory could use a boost, using essential oils for memory improvement is a great strategy. There are a number of essential oils that have been shown to be excellent at improving recall, clarity, and elasticity of the mind.

Have you ever had a day where you felt so clear and sharp that you effortlessly remember and accomplish all of your goals for the day? This would make sense because there’s a connection between having a sharp short-term memory and general achievement. Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between a student’s high score on a short-term memory test and their high score on the SAT.1

Since it is so valuable to keep your memory sharp, you’ll want to spend some time exploring your options for improving it. The increase in scientific research into essential oils is demonstrating that they can be helpful for improving memory. Using essential oils for a memory boost is an easy and accessible way to keep your mind sharp throughout the day.

Research on Essential Oils for Improving Memory

Over the years, research into the powerful effects of essential oils has demonstrated that they can be valuable tools for improving memory. For instance, one study was conducted in Ukraine on students between the ages of 13 and 17.2 It examined the effect of spraying lavender and rosemary essential oils. Both of these oils were shown to offer significant improvements to productivity and short-term memory of the students.

Both lavender and rosemary were demonstrated to improve the student’s recall of images. When the task was to memorize numbers, the inhalation of rosemary oil increased the performance of the students, while the inhalation of lavender weakened the student’s ability to remember numbers.

Other research has shown that when Alzheimer’s patients inhale essential oils—rosemary, lemon, lavender, and orange in this particular study—they experience a wide range of benefits.3 The patients demonstrated higher cognitive function and performed better on the assessment tests used to determine how far the disease has progressed within the patient.

Best Essential Oils for Enhancing Memory

Ready to explore which essential oils for memory will be best for you? Here’s a list of some of the most recognized essential oils that can help improve your short-term memory and boost cognitive function in general.

lavender in fieldLavender Essential Oil

Lavender is an excellent essential oil that has been shown to provide a wide range of health benefits. Not to mention, it has a scent that is beloved by many because of its calm, soothing nature. Lavender is often used as a mood stabilizer and can help improve anger and irritability. That alone can offer great memory-boosting effects.

You can directly breathe lavender oil through a room diffuser or personal diffusers like Happy, Sexy, or Ocean MONQ. Alternatively, you can massage it onto the body after diluting it with a carrier oil or add a few drops to a bath.

essential oil remediesRosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary is one of the most effective essential oils for memory. It has been used throughout the ages as a low-grade mental and physical stimulant. It can also ease constipation, improve appetite, and relieve stress.

pile of clovesClove Essential Oil

Clove oil has long been used to treat mouth and dental pain, which makes it a popular ingredient in many herbal mouthwashes. However, clove oil has also been shown to support brain health. A study on mice in 2010 showed that clove oil effectively reversed both long-term and short-term memory issues.4

black pepper on woodBlack Pepper Essential Oil

Black pepper is a well-known spice and a true staple on American dinner tables. But did you know that the essential oil derived from black pepper has been shown to increase the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain that help protect the brain from other neurotransmitters that have been linked to memory loss.5

Lemon balmLemon Balm Essential Oil

Lemon balm is well-known in the essential oil community because it is one of the most expensive oils on the market. This is because it is also one of the most studied and effective oils.6 Studies have shown that lemon balm can help ease the symptoms of anxiety and improve sleep quality. It has also been shown to improve memory.

A great way to use lemon balm essential oil is to add it into your bath.


So, if you’re looking to improve your memory and mental abilities, consider exploring essential oils. Whether you use them topically or use a diffuser to spread the scent throughout your home, through experimentation you can discover the right combination of essential oils for you.

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By Krista Burton

Krista is an aromatherapy enthusiast who enjoys writing and researching about all the new aromatherapy trends. When she’s not busy writing and researching you can find her dreaming about being on the beach.

Favorite MONQ blend: Ocean

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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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