While most people are aware of the use of aromatics such as lavender, to soothe the nerves and relax the mind and body, much fewer are in tune to the ability of essential oil aromatics to arouse and stimulate our body’s many systems and processes. In fact, many essential oils can be used to increase our energy levels, increase our mental alertness and clarity, and provide stimulating and invigorating effects upon our inner workings, providing an overall enhanced feeling of health and well-being.
Any time we engage ourselves in performing a task that requires some amount of focus and concentration, and possibly skill, we tend to prepare ourselves a little better beforehand. We might select a particular spot where we won’t be disturbed. We’ll play our favorite music in the background. We even try to make sure we’re rested and have had something to eat so that all these “little things” won’t disturb us. The better prepared we are in all these ways the better we are able to think better and subsequently, perform better. Another way we can prepare is to diffuse essential oils that will help us with our thinking processes.
What does this blend do?
With this in mind, I’ve created a blend that is intended to open the mind creatively and enhance mental clarity. It is intended to invigorate our thinking. At the same time, the essential oils used can help us to relieve the daily stress tension, opening up our ability to focus more clearly.
There is something I’ve done differently with this blend. In all past blend recipes that I’ve shared with you, I used the method of blending by note, in which one each of a top, middle, and base note were used to get the desired result. With this blend I used the blending by chemistry method. The overlapping action created by using oils that have the same or similar molecular components, in this case esters, oxides, ketones, monoterpenes and phenols, means their complementary properties are magnified, focused, powerful, and effective.
The most common and favorite essential oils to use for mental clarity include oils that are generally high in esters, monoterpenes, alcohols, and ketones. Among these are Rosemary, Basil, Peppermint, Sage and Clary Sage, Juniper Berry, Lemon, and more. Here again, I strolled off the beaten path and looked into oils that are not quite so well known outside the aromatherapy folks.
Rosemary essential oil earned it’s place in the Brain Fresh blend because it has a long history of being used to stimulate mental clarity, alertness, and energy levels, along with assisting the respiratory system.
Gultharia essential oil, or it’s common name Indian Wintergreen, shares most if not all of the properties as the more common Wintergreen, with it’s uses for respiratory and digestive ailments. Lesser known is that it is historically known for enhancing reasoning skills and logical thinking. It is a very effective pick-me-up for the mind. It too serves to stimulate and invigorate our body systems.
Tagetes minuta is the oil from the Marigold flowers. It’s sedative properties influence the nervous, digestive, and respiratory systems. Marigolds are traditionally known to effect mental alertness and create psychic awareness. The aroma of Tagetes is said to “grant the willpower to overcome impediments.”
Robert Tisserand, in his book, Essential Oil Safety, states, “Although contraindicated for people with high blood pressure, there is no evidence that Rosemary oil is hypertensive.” Rosemary is generally considered non-toxic and non-irritating.
Gultharia should not be used if pregnant, breastfeeding, taking anti-coagulant drugs, with bleeding disorders, before major surgery, or on children.
Tagetes can be phototoxic is applied directly on the skin. As this blend is a diffuser blend the dilution ratio is extremely low with little to no effect of this sensitivity.
Add an equal number of drops of all three essential oils into your diffuser. Though we want to get the full effects of the diffused blend, diffusing should always be done in a ventilated room. This blend can be especially useful when studying, reading, or trying to learn something new.