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THE BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR STUDYING

This article is all about which essential oils are the best to use while studying. Hopefully these may be useful to you when you are studying, attempting to memorize mass amounts of information, or when you are stressed. I first started researching essential oils when I needed help studying and a dear family friend, Denise gifted one to me.

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WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils are the liquid extracts of various parts of plants. These extracts can be from bark resin, roots, flowers, stems, or leaves. These are often used in an alternative medicine practice known as aromatherapy. 

HOW CAN YOU USE ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be used topically or they can be inhaled. When inhaling essential oils, you can put a few drops on a cotton ball or in an oil diffuser. If you plan to use these topically, you may need a carrier oil. I love using essential oils but, I am not a medical professional. Please consult with your doctor before using these essential oils to ensure that they are safe for you to take. Different people may have different reactions to each oil.

Oil Diffuser
Oil Diffuser
Cotton Balls
Cotton Balls

WHAT IS A CARRIER OIL

Carrier oils that are used to dilute essential oils for topical use. Without a carrier oil, some essential oils may be too harsh to be used directly on your skin. If you have acne prone skin, it is best to use a non-comedogenic (does not clog pores) carrier oil.

CARRIER OILS THAT I SUGGEST

1. HIGH LINOLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL 

Safflower Oil
Safflower Oil

2. ARGAN OIL

Argan Oil
Argan Oil

3. GRAPESEED OIL

Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed Oil

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ESSENTIAL OILS FOR STUDYING

1. SAGE

Sage is a member of the mint family. Some people use sage to calm headaches. Secondly, it may elevate mood and increase brain function. Studies show that it may boost memory and attentiveness.

Sage Essential oils
Sage

2. ROSEMARY

Rosemary is a type of sage. Like many of the other herbal essential oils I will cover on this list, it is a member of the mint family. I used this essential oil regularly in college. I personally used it when studying to boost retention of the material or before taking an exam to lower my stress levels. Rosemary was so beneficial to me, that I got my friends Brianna, Nellie, and Juju to try using essential oils. They were skeptical at first, but now they use rosemary regularly. Some research has shown that it may improve people’s brain function by stabilizing acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter).  It may also reduce stress levels by lowering cortisol levels. Some people use rosemary essential oil to calm headaches.

Rosemary
Rosemary

3. PEPPERMINT

Peppermint is a watermint and spearmint hybrid. Previous research supports that the menthol in peppermint may improve cognitive function by significantly improving focus and memory. Similarly, to rosemary, some people use peppermint essential oil to quell the effects of headaches

Peppermint essential oils
Peppermint

4. LAVENDER

Lavender is a member of the mint family. It reportedly calms stress in those who inhale the aroma. It may also increase relaxation and help calm headaches. Lavender essential oil might be useful during study breaks or after studying.

Lavender Essential Oils
Lavender

5. YLANG YLANG

Ylang yllang is the name of the flower that blossoms from Cananga trees. This essential oil has conflicting research. Some studies show that ylang ylang may not be the right essential oil for a memory boost, but it seems to have a calming effect. It may be most effective after a stressful study session.

Ylang Ylang essential oils
Ylang Ylang

6. BERGAMOT

Bergamot is a citrus fruit. The rind of the bergamot is where the oil comes from. Bergamot is reported to improve mood, increase alertness, and aid in stress reduction.

Bergamot Essential Oils
Bergamot

7. LEMON BALM

Lemon balm is a herb in the mint family. Many people use it for stress reduction. It may make you more attentive. It may improve memory therefore, it has been used in Alzheimer’s research. Lemon balm inhibits acetylcholinesterase from breaking down acetylcholine (neurotransmitter). 

Lemon balm essential oils
Lemon Balm

8. FRANKINCENSE

Frankincense is an extract of resin from Boswellia trees. Like Lemon balm, frankincense has been used in Alzheimer’s research. It may also improve memory.

Frankincense essential oils
Frankincense

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