Back to School – Essential Oils for Focus

Using essential oils to create a focused environment can be a powerful tool for your family, especially during the new school year!

Aromas impact your body before you are consciously aware of it, and they can set the mood and atmosphere in any environment.  The sense of smell is directly connected to the limbic lobe of your brain, also known as the emotional control center.  The limbic lobe plays a big role in your mood, memory, behavior, feelings, and emotions, and it is connected to the olfactory bulb in the nose.



When odorant molecules attach to odorant receptors, your body responds by sending electrical impulses into your brain.  This causes different physiological reactions depending on the aromas detected.  Those scents can set the mood or bring up memories before you are even aware of it.

The sense of smell has a profound impact on your emotions and inner desires!  What’s even better is that there are essential oils known for their ability to help create a focused environment!  Essential oils are great companions to study time, while kids take tests, reading time, or any time that needs a more focused, centered environment.


Rosemary essential oil rates highly for enhancing focus and cognitive function through a rich chemical composition known to stimulate mental clarity and alertness. Its main component, 1,8-cineole, has been associated with improved memory retention and cognitive performance.  When inhaled or applied topically, rosemary oil can facilitate increased blood circulation to the brain, promoting oxygenation and nutrient supply to neural tissues crucial for optimal focus.  Moreover, its invigorating aroma is thought to trigger the release of neurotransmitters that aid in concentration and attention.


Peppermint essential oil has an invigorating aroma that can be diffused to create an environment conducive to work.  Fill your study space with energizing aromas by diffusing this oil when it’s time to buckle down on a project. Derived from the leaves of Mentha × piperita, this oil harbors a distinct composition featuring high levels of menthol—a compound renowned for its invigorating and clarifying properties.  As a natural and stimulating aid, peppermint essential oil holds the potential to offer the means to promote sustained concentration and sharpened focus. 


 Each essential oil in the blend was carefully selected for its unique aromatic and topical benefits: Frankincense for its uplifting, earthy aroma and skin-smoothing properties; Black Spruce for its grounded, woodsy aroma; Blue Tansy for its inspiring aromatic profile; Geranium for its sweet, floral aroma; and Camphor Wood for its skin-benefiting properties and strong, herbaceous scent

  • A foundational daily blend that features a positive aroma to inspire confidence and courage
  • Creates a grounded environment for yoga and meditation

Original Valor

Each Young Living essential oil in the blend was carefully selected for its unique aromatic and topical benefits: Frankincense for its uplifting, earthy aroma and skin-loving properties; Black Spruce for its grounded, woodsy aroma; Blue Tansy for its inspiring aromatic profile; and now Rosewood for its soothing and relaxing aroma. 

  • Features a balancing and aligning aroma
  • Contains Rosewood essential oil, which creates a calming environment when used topically or aromatically
  • Helps you maintain a grounded atmosphere for yoga and meditation


It has a grounding, woodsy aroma that can be used to enhance meditation.  When diffused or applied topically, the soothing aroma of frankincense oil can promote a sense of calm and mental clarity, helping to alleviate distractions and promote a more attentive mindset.


Lemon oil boasts a refreshing and uplifting scent that has been linked to improved cognitive performance. The high concentration of limonene, a natural compound found in lemon oil, is believed to stimulate the brain by promoting the release of neurotransmitters associated with attention and alertness.  It can help create an environment conducive to concentration, while its mood-enhancing properties can alleviate stress and mental fatigue that often hinder focus.


It has a grounding, woodsy aroma that can be used to enhance your ability to focus. It promotes feelings of relaxation and tranquility  Diffuse this earthy blend of Peppermint, Rosemary, and more while studying, sending emails, or checking other items off your to-do list.

That after-school rush can be rough!  Between picking up kids, passing out snacks, and tidying school supplies, it can be a little hectic.  Make the transition a little smoother by diffusing Clarity to signify that it’s time to settle into some quiet homework time.

  • Has an herbaceous, soothing aroma

  • Invites a sense of clarity and productivity

  • Creates an environment of greater focus for spirit and mind


KidScents® GeneYus™ essential oil blend offers a beautiful, rich aroma that promotes an atmosphere for inspiration, productivity, and positivity that is ideal when children are concentrating on projects or schoolwork.

  • Helps create a sharp, fresh environment that is great while children work on schoolwork and projects

  • Excellent to diffuse while working for a productive, positive atmosphere

  • Promotes an atmosphere for inspiration with a blend of premium essential oils

  • Formulated without mineral oil, synthetic perfumes, wheat, soy, corn, synthetic dyes, or artificial colors

  • Prediluted for delicate skin

DIY Homework-Helper Diffuser Bomb

Here’s an easy button for you when you need to get something into your diffusers fast.  Make a diffuser bomb by adding a dropper lid (remove orifice reducer) to an empty, clean, essential oil bottle.

In the bottle combine:

  • 10 drops Peppermint
  • 15 drops Grapefruit
  • 20 drops Black Pepper
  • 20 drops Citrus Fresh
  • 20 drops Surrender

To use:

  1. Gently roll bottle to combine essential oils.
  2. Add 8-10 drops to your diffuser when extra focus support is needed to get the job done.
Black Pepper Vitality Essential Oil

Black Pepper Vitality Essential Oil

Citrus Fresh Essential Oil

Citrus Fresh Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

Surrender Essential Oil Blend

Surrender Essential Oil Blend

What are your favorite oils for focus?


This post first appeared in the Young Living Training and Education Group