Lack of Focus/Concentration getting you down in lockdown?


We have nearly made our way through January which is usually a tough month without Lockdown and Covid restrictions. Mood and energy levels are lower at the moment with not being able to see or hug our loved ones, stresses from Home schooling, working from home, Zoom fatigue and everything else that is being thrown at you at the moment. 

Are you finding it all getting on top of you and being pulled in all different directions and feel you are running on empty?  You could look introducing some Essential Oils into the home in a number of ways to try and help bring calm and focus for all.


Focus / Concentration

Is anyone in the household struggling with focus and concentration for work or home schooling?  Lack of focus or concentration is linked to a number of issues such as stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, but also a change in your normal routine and extra pressures added to your daily life.  Some people might see working from home an added bonus and can be very productive, whereas other people need the office environment to be productive and then add into the mix of home schooling or your partner fighting you for the area of the kitchen table to work from can add to lack of focus and concentration. 

You can use the following Essential Oils could help to improve your focus and concentration within the household.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum ct linalool) – Great for helping with focusing the mind – good one for using with getting the children to focus on their school work as well as you for your own work.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct cineole) – Great for helping with memory and clearing the mind.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – Do you feel that your mind is racing and cluttered then this oil is great for you to help calm the mind down.

Cornmint (Mentha arvensis) – A cooling and soothing oil to help with focus and clarity of the mind

Peppermint (Mentha X piperita) – Similar to the Cornmint, Peppermint helps to clear & soothe the mind.


Mood Boosting/Uplifting

Are you feeling everything is getting on top and mood levels are low, feel the need of a boost, firstly make sure you speak to those around you to let them know you are struggling they might be too or even have capacity to help you out more, but you can also  use some essential oils to help put a smile on your face.

Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) – Great fresh clean aroma, helps to uplift your mood levels as well as helping combat tiredness and fatigue.

Litsea (Litsea cubeba) – Suffering with anxiety this oil can help to reduce your anxiety levels (smells like sherbert lemons sweets)

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) – Great fresh citrus oil, mood boosting reminds me of warm summer holidays we used to know.

Neroli (Citrus aurantium flos) – A great citrus aroma helps to uplift your mood as well as calming down anxiety.

Geranium (Pelagonium graveolens) – This oil is a great oil to help with hormonal moods as well as an uplifting aroma.

Rose (Rosa damascena) – This is the gold of essential oils, its a great oil for mood boosting and upflifting, but due to the very high costs of the oil, you could get similar benefits from the Geranium oil.


How to use the oil:

Tissue: Place drop of your chosen oil into a tissue, inhale from the tissue when you feel the need, or keep it on your desk nearby.

Inhaler stick: Similar to using a tissue, but you can make your own inhaler sticks, waft the inhaler under your nose and inhale.


Diffuser: add one or two drops of your chosen oil to the water and switch on the diffuser, the aroma will disperse into the air.  Be careful when using a diffuser if you have pets or people with respiratory conditions.


Pulse point roller ball: Add up to 4 drops of your chosen oil and mix with a carrier oil such as Grape seed or coconut oil, shake the container to mix and apply using the roller ball to the pulse points on your wrists or on your neck. 


Safety note:

When using any essential oil care must be taken at all times.  Keep the oils away from children or pets.  If you get any oil onto your skin wash oil off immediately to prevent any skin irritation and DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY.