Friday, May 23, 2014

Essential Oils For Focus

Being a wife, entrepreneur, mom of two, and homeschooler, it's easy to say my life is hectic.  I have a million things on my To-Do list and not enough time in the day.  Forget about the fact, that after two kids, my brain is about as reliable as mush (I'm sure many of you can relate!) However, with essential oils, I can turn my scattered days into efficient, accomplished days in no time.  Even my son has seen amazing improvement in his ADD when using the oils, and our homeschool days run quite a bit smoother now! Below are a few of my FAVORITE oils for focus.

Vetiver: This musky, smoky essential oil is not well-known. Just the smell of Vetiver has an ability to calm over-energized kids and help them to connect and relate to people in more patient and agreeable ways. Children, teenagers, and adults can apply the oil on their big toes which is the brain reflex point. (see chart below) Vetiver is especially helpful for those ADD adults and teens who also suffer from depression.

Lavender: Known as the "universal oil," lavender is good for almost everything. One of its most well-known properties is as a sedative and for calming the body and mind. Rubbing a few drops on a child's feet, shoulders, or chest can help them relax and focus more easily.

Cedarwood: It is high in sesquiterpenes, the chemical compounds which stimulate brain function and mental synergy, and help the body to rewrite old genetic patterns into healthier new ones (useful because ADHD is considered an inherited disorder). This oil can be applied on the forehead and neck, inhaled, and massaged on the brain stem at the base of the skull.

Clarity: It contains stimulating oils including peppermint and rosemary, which have been used for many years to promote mental sharpness.  A study performed by Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased the mental accuracy of students by 28 percent. Clarity can also be used to help restore mental alertness or wakefulness when you are experiencing fatigue or drowsiness. Use it before a test, meeting or competition to give you that mental edge. Or, use it to give you a boost when you are mentally fatigued. Diffuse; put in bath water; put on cotton ball in air vents. Apply on temples, wrists, and neck.

Brain Power: Brain Power gives your brain a boost with essential oils that are high in sesquiterpenes. Use it to clarify thought and develop greater focus. Apply over the back of the neck, on the temples, on the soles of the feet, and under the tongue.

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Disclaimer: WARNING – PLEASE READ BEFORE USING ESSENTIAL OILS Not all essential oils can be taken internally. It can be dangerous to take essential oils internally unless they are food grade or general regarded as safe. The only brand I recommend taking internally is Young Living