Essential Oils to Help You Focus

A few months ago we published a blog post on essential oils that are good for anxiety and panic attacks and after receiving such a positive response we thought that it would be a good idea to discuss some of the other things that essential oils can be useful for. There are a huge range of uses for essential oils, but some of the most popular applications tend to be for relaxation and improving focus. As a result, this blog post will focus on the latter. Especially with so many of us working from home since the pandemic there is no reason now why we can’t have our favourite essential oils to hand and with exam season just around the corner too, these tips on essential oils to help you focus will hopefully be of use to students too.

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Bergamot essential oil

The Best Ways to Use Essential Oils to Help You Focus

The most effective way to use essential oils to help you focus is through inhalation. This is because the nasal passage leads directly to the brain where the molecules bond to receptors triggering a mental response, for example particular smells (like fresh bread) can evoke very vivid and specific memories.

The best ways to achieve this with the aim of improving focus is either through placing a few drops of essential oil in an essential oil diffuser, if you have one, or by adding a few drops to an unscented moisturiser or a massage oil that you can massage into your skin. This allows you to breathe in the wonderful scents all day long.

Which essential oils are most effective at helping you to focus?


Bergamot is a deliciously citrusy scented essential oil that is known to help relax and restore mental clarity. An excellent choice if you’re looking for something to clear and focus your mind, but keep you relaxed at the same time.

Also thought to help reduce fatigue and tiredness, bergamot is excellent at helping you fight that morning or end of the day brain fog that likes to creep in and jar mental productivity.


Often used historically to help treat headaches and a variety of ailments, peppermint oil has a very refreshing and uplifting scent that helps to sharpen and focus the mind and equally relax the body. A good choice if you’re looking for a powerful and slightly stronger scent, peppermint oil also blends fantastically with eucalyptus and lemon essential oils, among others.

Pine Needle

A slightly less common essential oil, personally I love the scent of pine needles, reminiscent of walking through quiet forest. Pine needle essential oil, like peppermint, has a powerful scent to banish feelings of fatigue and brain fog. It’s known to help improve mental clarity but is a slightly milder option than the peppermint.


Renowned for its decongestant properties, eucalyptus essential oil is also an excellent tool for fighting sluggish feelings and giving your brain a fresh boost. This essential oil blends beautifully with peppermint, as well as lemon and pine if you’re looking to create your own ‘essential oils to help you focus blend’!


Returning to the citrusy scents for this last essential oil recommendation, lemon essential oil is known for its uplifting and energising properties. However, few people know that it has also been associated with better memory retention and also reducing simple mistakes by boosting mental focus. This essential oil blends perfectly with any of the essential oils listed above, making it the perfect way to complement your new work routine!

Recommended Essential Oils For Focus

These essential oil recommendations for focus fall naturally into two categories; the citrusy scents and the more earthy scents. Bergamot and Lemon being more citrusy, and peppermint, pine and eucalyptus being more earthy. As a result it’s very easy to choose the kind of scent that you think will best suit you, whether it’s just one of the above or a blend of two or three. Alternatively, if you prefer you can always choose one of these scents to blend with your favourite essential oil that is not necessarily associated with improving focus – how you choose to use them is entirely up to you and whatever you find works best for your mind.

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