Aromatherapy: Oils for Waking your Mind

The most common causes of mental fatigue are overwork and stress, which can make your mind feel deadened by too much stimulation. This often results from studying for exams, working long hours, a chaotic home life, or just performing repetitive tasks.

Temporary Solutions

Apart from taking regular breaks to avoid overworking your mind, essential oils can help ensure you stay focused and do not overload yourself. These should only be use in the short term, for when you need immediate relief. Long tern, you need to consider other factors such as getting enough sleep, exercise and taking time out. The best way to use oils to awaken your min are through inhalation, vaporiser and applying to your pulse points.

Blends for Waking your Mind

All of these blends should be made using 35ml of the base oil of your choice and later dispatched into easy-to-carry bottles.

Aromatherapy rosemary

Top Note

Middle Note

Base Note

Overcoming Mental Fatigue

2 drops basil
2 drops peppermint

2 drops rosemary

4 drops cypress

Revision Blend

5 drops lime

2 drops rosemary

3 drops frankincense

Stimulating your Mind

3 drops lemon
2 drops sage

3 drops geranium

2 drops frankincense

Jet lag Blend

1 drops eucalyptus
2 drops grapefruit
3 drops lemon

2 drops geranium

2 drops cypress

Using Oils for Mental Stimulation

You can defeat mental fatigue and ready your mind to cope with work, a challenging exam, a family occasion or a long journey, by using aromatherapy blends.

Boosting your Revision

Studying for exams is a very taxing process, especially as you get older and lose the habit of study. Revision requires mental alertness and the ability to maintain focused concentration. Using a revision blend while studying will help you to maintain mental alertness.

  • a vaporiser will keep the atmosphere in your study environment fresh and its fragrance will continually stimulate your mind, encouraging you to pass your exams.
  • On the actual day of the exam, take a small bottle of the revision blend to apply to your pulse points when you start to feel tired.

Banishing Mental Fatigue

Like everyone, you'll experience periods in your life when you have to apply yourself particularly strenuously and your mind becomes mentally fatigued. As work stress is often unavoidable, you have to take steps to keep your mind fresh and alert.

Steam inhalation is a good way to do this, as it invigorates you and gets the oils into your system quickly. You'll get the full benefits of their effects as soon as possible.
When you are away from home put a few drops of the blend on your handkerchief, or carry a balm for apply to your pulse points.

aromatherapy facial steaming

Overcoming Jet Lag

After a long-haul flight you may feel mentally and physically exhausted. The best way to deal with this is to allow your body to rest and recover naturally.

  • A relaxing bath is an ideal way to enjoy the beneficial effects of the essential oils. The time-our will also give your mind the opportunity to rest and clear out 'busy thoughts'. Make the experience truly luxurious by playing some relaxing music.
  • You can use a blend as a preventative measure by applying to your pulse points while travelling, to minimise the effects of jet lag.

Stimulating your Mind

When you are feeling ill or overworked your mind tends to slow down and needs stimulation. By combining the 'stimulating you mind' blend suggested above with massage, you can make yourself feel more alert and avoid storing stress in your upper body.

aroma neck massage

Massage the blend gently into your shoulders, neck an temples. If you are at work, apply it to the pulse points at the wrists.As you write or type, the action will help the oil to circulate and stimulate your mind more quickly

If you have your own office space you might want to use a vaporiser to keep the atmosphere fresh.