Back-to-School time is almost here! Around here, school supply lists contain a long list of Young Living products to help us have a smooth transition back to the daily grind. One of the biggest things we deal with here is focusing on school work.
It’s not hard to get lost in the haze of homework, projects, and daily issues that arise throughout the school year. Kids and parents both have their attention pulled in so many directions, that it makes it really hard to focus on the tasks at hand. My son is starting 4th grade this year, which means lots of long division, book reports and cursive handwriting is ahead. We need all the help we can get around here!
Essential oils are a popular, affordable, and effective way of combating the many issues that may come to mind to tear away your concentration, and help you get the important things done first.
Here are a few major reasons we are using essential oils in our house to help keep our focus and attention:
- Taking tests or exams in class
- Organizing thoughts to write book reports
- Finishing a big homework project
- Completing nightly homework after a long day at school
- Reasoning out complicated math facts
- Paying attention to take notes for a meeting
It should be noted that these oils are not just for kids! As I write this post I am smelling like Clarity, Vetiver and Stress Away. I always apply some kind of brain-boosting essential oil before I work on balancing the checkbook or paying taxes. They help me avoid costly mistakes in many areas of life!
Here we have a list of six essential oils and their properties, as well as a DIY recipe at the end of this post, to help you concentrate on what matters most day-to-day. Young Living carries several blends of essential oils that are developed for specific purposes, as well as single essential oils. These are my absolute favorites for focus and concentration on tasks.
GeneYus™ is an excellent blend to diffuse for young minds that are focusing and concentrating on projects. It contains both Cedarwood and Vetiver along with incredibly beneficial oils like Sacred Frankincense and Royal Hawaiiian Sandalwood. Since it is one of the KidScents oils, it comes pre-diluted so you do not have to worry about it being irritating to the skin of kids and teens. Use it on your little GeneYuses to keep them headed in the right direction during school work.
Clarity™ blends Basil, Rosemary, Peppermint, and other essential oils for an aroma that invites a sense of clarity and alertness. It does just what the name implies- brings mental clarity to all situations. When my thoughts are a jumbled mess, this oil helps untangle and sort through the frazzled thoughts.
Rosemary essential oil has many great uses, but it is one of the best oils to use for mental clarity and focus. It is suitable for topical and aromatic use for children and adults alike for mental stimulation and focus.
Ginger essential oil is widely used to aromatically combat occasional stomach upset, but also helps with mental fatigue and exhaustion. It has a spicy, warm and uplifting aroma that energizes the spirit. It is approved for use topically and aromatically for adults, and is also safe for children as long as it is diluted.
Basil essential oil has a spicy aroma that helps with calming the body while improving memory and alertness. Basil has been thoroughly researched and found to reduce excitability, in addition to many other uses. It’s fresh yet herbal scent makes it perfect for aromatic and topical use. It is safe for use in adults, and also safe in a diluted form for children over age 2.
German chamomile essential oil is known for its deep blue color, and its effectiveness with calming and clarifying a stressed and exhausted mind. It’s gentleness makes it a safe oil for all ages, but it is highly effective at calming a frazzled mind and taking the stress away from a situation. It is safe for use by adults and children, as well as pregnant and breast feeding mothers. It is also used for a calming and stabilizing effect for those who have trouble paying attention in class.
Cedarwood can create a relaxing, calming, and comforting atmosphere. I use the words “Calm Body” a lot with my kids to remind them that they need to slow their roll and take it down a notch. Cedarwood is like Calm Body in a bottle. Hyperactivity can ruin a good day, so anything that calms the kids is good for me. It is labeled for aromatic or topical use.
When I need to get through a presentation or a big public speaking event, Vetiver is always in my pocket. Vetiver essential oil has an earthy and grounding aroma and can be diffused for its calming and relaxing fragrance.
PEACE AND CALMING™
This little bottle of oil has saved me many a night’s sleep. And we all know that tired kids are cranky kids, which leaves them quite unable to function during the school day. So, this one is my Ace-in-the-hole against all sorts of issues at my house. I slather this oil topically along with a carrier oil to the bottoms of both of my kid’s feet, and we all sleep like a lazy old dog in the heat of summer. I would say we sleep like babies, but anyone who has ever actually HAD a baby knows this is a laughable saying. Peace and Calming often goes out of stock but it is currently IN STOCK, so grab it quick!!!
I’m excited to try this oil out for the first time this year. I bought it specifically for my son to use before school. I will also mix him a small roller ball to pack in his backpack so he can reapply it when ever he feels that he needs it throughout the school day. Brain Power™ is a blend of essential oils high in sesquiterpenes—like Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Blue Cypress, and Frankincense—to promote a sense of clarity and focus. You can use it before a big meeting at work or a major exam at school to give you a mental boost. It can also help the mind focus on a large task at hand to get things accomplished with a sense of purpose.
MAKE YOUR OWN DIY FOCUS & CONCENTRATION BLEND
2 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops German chamomile essential oil
4 drops vetiver essential oil
2 drops cedarwood
Dilute with your favorite carrier oil for aromatherapeutic use, or use in a rollerball for use on forehead, back of neck or any areas of the body carrying extra stress.
If using topically, essential oils should be diluted for use on children. We suggest using a patch test procedure to ensure the oil is properly diluted for the child. To perform a patch test, apply 1-2 drops of EO with 10 ml of Young Living V-6 vegetable oil to a patch of skin such as the forearm. If irritation occurs, apply V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or any pure vegetable oil to dilute. When diffusing, we suggest diffusing a small amount of essential oil for short periods of time until you have determined if your child has any sensitivity to diffusing.
What is your experience using essential oils to keep you focused and less stressed?
Do you have any go-to blends to help pick you up and balance you out?
As with all essential oil uses, every person is different and all people react to their uses differently. Use caution when using these oils, because they are highly concentrated and are meant to be diluted for use.