When it comes to studying, you might think that burning the midnight oil is the answer to achieving academic success, but you may want to take a closer look at essential oils instead!

Aromatherapy, the art and science of using natural, aromatic essential oils from plants to enhance wellbeing, is something remarkably simple yet powerful that you can easily make part of your daily life. As a student, in particular, you can discover lots of ways to use essential oils to help focus the mind, boost memory and bring calm during busy times.

Whether you need a pick-me-up after a post-lunch slump, a fruity jolt to get the creative juices flowing or a soothing bath blend to help you unwind, here are five ways to recharge and refocus using the wonderful powers of aromatherapy.

Rosemary for Remembrance

When you’re flagging or feeling stressed but really need to concentrate, rosemary will give you the memory boost and clarity you need to study at your best.

Simply add 3-4 drops of rosemary essential oil to a tissue or handkerchief and inhale to help clear your head and keep you focused. This stimulating oil is also useful if you have a headache brought on by mental fatigue. Or, add 3-4 drops of rosemary essential oil to damp cotton wool and place behind a warm radiator to infuse your work area with this invigorating and uplifting aroma.

Citrus Zing for Creativity

Citrus essential oils such as orange, lemon and grapefruit all blend together nicely for a refreshing, uplifting and cheery aroma when used in a diffuser. Sending feel-good messages to the brain, these fruity oils can also inspire and recharge your creative energy. As a general rule, add 3-5 drops of essential oil per 100ml of water in your diffuser.

Midnight Oil Bath Blend

When you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, a relaxing bath with essential oils is the perfect way to unwind and give you some well-earned time to yourself.

Mix 2 drops of geranium essential oil, 2 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil with 10-15ml of carrier oil of your choice (or milk) to emulsify and swirl into hand-hot water. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Or, try adding 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue placed inside your pillowcase at bedtime to help you drift off into a peaceful slumber.

Refocus Room Spritz

If you’re feeling lethargic, this refreshing room spray will clear your workspace, sharpen the mind and power you up for a productive study session. Use it when you have a difficult task ahead or to stimulate creativity.

Fill an 8oz glass or metal fine-mist spray bottle ¾ full with distilled water, then add witch hazel almost to the top. Add 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil and 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil. Screw on the sprayer top. Shake well before spraying.

Treat Yourself to an Aromatherapy Massage

One of the very best ways to get the most from essential oils is to experience them as part of an aromatherapy massage. A qualified Aromatherapist will carry out a full consultation prior to your treatment so that it is tailored to your specific problems and needs, such as tight, stiff, aching shoulders from sitting at a desk. Not only does the massage work the therapeutic essential oils into the body through the skin, you’ll also benefit from the aromas of the blend your therapist prepares especially for you.

Safety & Precautions

Many aromatherapy essential oils are contraindicated for use during pregnancy and for those with certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure and epilepsy so always check with a qualified practitioner if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Also, some essential oils may not be suitable for children.

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