We finally have a way around spells of disorientation and memory failures. From short-notice spelling tests to stress-induced wonky headedness, using aromatherapy for improving memory can improve brain function in more ways than one.
Oils of Choice
Here is a list of common and effective aromatherapy oils for improving memory and brain function.
Inadequate sleep can often send brain chemicals in a tizzy and result in absent-mindedness and forgetfulness. If you suffer from disturbed or irregular sleep patterns, Lavender oil may be the answer. This oil has a calming effect on the mind and can aid a peaceful night’s sleep.
Spearmint oil stimulates the brain owing to its restorative properties. It helps in absorbing, understanding and retaining information. This oil is safe to use with children and can help overcome examination blues.
Peppermint oil boosts concentration and stimulates the nervous system to induce alertness and receptivity to information. Try using this oil in a diffuser during work or study hours.
Rosemary oil has a clarifying action on the mind and helps induce focus and alertness. It is a potent tonic for the nervous system and a natural memory enhancer.
Sweet Orange oil possesses natural uplifting, detoxifying and rejuvenating properties. Recommended for those occasional days when you just don’t feel up to anything.
Cardamom oil fortifies the senses and is a potent tonic for the brain and nervous system.
Methods of Use
Aromatherapy can be delivered via various modes:
Aromatherapy Burner: Fill a bowl with water, add 5-15 drops of essential oil, light the candle and inhale.
Quick Inhalation: Pour 3-4 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale directly for an instant effect.
Pillow: Pour a few drops of essential oil on a napkin and tuck it under the pillow case.
Electrical Diffuser: Add a few drops of essential oil to an electric diffuser for a continuous, long- lasting effect. This method is safer to use with children.
Bath Water: Some oils like lavender can be mixed with sea salt (5drops in ½ tablespoon) and added to bath water. The rest can be used via any of the methods explained above.
A Word of Caution
Follow these safety precautions to keep your experiences with Aromatherapy fruitful and pleasant:
- Do not apply essential oils directly to the skin, dilute them with a carrier oil first.
- Never ingest any essential oils. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
- Keep essential oils away from eyes, ears, nose and mucous membranes.
- Do not use essential oils without consulting a medical professional if you are pregnant or are suffering from heart or kidney problems, epilepsy, sensitive skin, or any serious medical condition.
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