We've been doing our homework, and the latest scientific research shows that aromatherapy and essential oils have a long list of proven benefits. We've put together just a short list of benefits for students, and everyone else, too! Get ready to take some notes!
Improve Memory & Concentration
Get that extra edge you need to make the grade, naturally! Numerous studies have been done on essential oils to improve memory and focus, especially for people with ADD and ADHD. Rosemary, sage, peppermint, and eucalyptus are great choices for improving concentration, and all are particularly high in a compound called 1,8-cineole--also known as "eucalyptol". Research has proven that eucalyptol can significantly improve memory and performance on cognitive tasks!
Less Stress, More Calm
Lavender is considered to be an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body in many different ways when adapting to stress or imbalances. Lavender not only has calming, sedating effects but can also be a booster when energy runs low. Linalyl acetate and linalool have been identified as active constituents that contribute to its calming and sedative properties.
While yang-ylang was shown not improve memory, it did significantly increase calmness. Sandalwood is also a very calming, grounding essential oil, even though the most exciting research being done is for its anti-cancer properties!
There is a growing body of evidence indicating that Mother Nature holds the cure to much of what ails us--and can keep us from getting sick in the first place. Many of these essential oils are high in compounds such as monoterpines, thymol, and limonene. Eucalyptus, which is the primary aromatic compound and active ingredient in Vick's VapoRub, is especially high in some of these compounds, and has been found effective in relieving bronchitis and sinus infections. Learn more here: Top Essential Oils For Cold & Flu Season.
Many studies have shown the effectiveness of essential oils to help you get a good night's rest. According to "Aromatherapy: A Complete guide to the Healing Art", clinical studies have found lavender essential oil to be effective in helping people fall asleep faster and experience fewer sleep-related symptoms. Learn all about Lavender: The Most Versatile Essential Oil.
Ylang-ylang, sandalwood, and Roman chamomile are also great choices for improving sleep – and, therefore, improving concentration and memory!
Enjoying Essential Oils
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Relaxing Bedtime Bath Recipe
Add to running water and enjoy!
Adding essential oils to the bath is a great way to unwind before bed. Here are a few things to keep in mind when adding essential oils to the bath: