Focus and Concentration

Young boy doing homework focus and concentration

The ability to focus require adequate neural connections in the brain to process incoming sensory data (sights, sounds, smells, etc). When the brain is unable to assimilate this data, the stimuli becomes overwhelming or “noisy,” and creates frustration, irritation, and even fatigue. An increasing number of people of every age are experiencing a decrease in their ability to focus and concentrate. It is so important to consider factors that contribute to the decline of optimal focus and concentration in order to reverse or prevent this trend.

Given the innate complexity of the human brain, it is not surprising that issues of focus and concentration and contributing factors are vast. Tiredness or lack of sleep, stress, hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy or puberty), medication side effects, alcohol, drugs, chronic illness, infection, brain injury, emotions, mood, mental balance are just a few things that impact nural connections necessary to make sense of the vast stimuli the brain receives moment to moment. For example, some individuals consistently struggle to “think over the noise” in their brains as stimuli come in without the necessary processing ability to make sense of it all.

The very nature of the brain’s structure allows for improvements in function and ability. To summarize this complex process in a simple way, the more neurons available to make connections with other neurons, the easier and more efficient focus and learning will be. While traditional approaches and neurological specialists contribute great expertise to the science of improving brain activity, there are myriad of natural solutions that can greatly impact and benefit brain activity, specifically in the area of focus and concentration.

How Essential Oils Support Focus and Concentration

When an individual inhales an essential oil (or other aroma), the olfactory bulb is activated and directly links to brain processes that stimulate and encourage neural connections. The simple act of diffusing an essential oil like lavender in the classroom, or inhaling peppermint from a bottle, can have immediate and effective impact on the learner. Simple yet powerful suggestions through both single oils and nutritional solutions have demonstrated that essential oils and nutritional support are powerful tools for improving focus and concentration, and much more!

Essential Oils for Focus and Concentration

Single Oils

Basil — Diffuse to promote a sense of focus while studying or reading; Promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings.*

Black Pepper — Contains important antioxidants*; diffuse to soothe anxious feelings; can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Cardamom — Promotes feelings of mental clarity.

Cedarwood — relaxes the mind and the body; can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Douglas Fir — Promotes a positive mood and sense of focus

Frankincense — supports healthy cellular function; crosses the blood-brain barrier.*

Myrrh — Promotes emotional balance and well-being; can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Patchouli — Provides grounding and balance emotions; can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Rosemary — Diffuse while studying to maintain concentration; enhances cognitive performance, memory and mental alertness.

Spearmint — Promotes a sense of focus and uplifts mood

Thyme — promotes a sense of alertness.

Vetiver — Is rich in sesquiterpenes, which gives it a grounding effect; can cross the blood-brain barrier.


Zendocrine Detoxification blend — Purifying and detoxifying to the body’s systems;* Delivers powerful antioxidants.*

DDR Prime Cellular Complex blend — Promotes a healthy response to free-radicals* ; contains oils that can cross the blood-brain barrier.

In Tune focus blend — Enhances and sustains a sense of focus; contains oils that can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Immortelle anti-aging blend — A blend of powerful oils in every drop; contains oils that can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Other Products

Breathe respiratory lozenge drops — Supports mental clarity and function.


Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex™ — Provides optimal levels of vitamins and minerals essential for developing and maintaining healthy bone mass and density.*

Alpha CRS® + cellular Vitality Complex — Supports healthy cellular immune function.*

doTERRA A2Z Chewables™ — Contains a superfood blend that helps support overall health and wellness.*

Zendocrine Detoxification Complex — Helps cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down.*

xEO Mega® Essential Oil Omega Complex — Promotes healthy cardiovascular, nervous, and immune system function.*

™ Whole Food Nutrient — Supports healthy immune function.*

 Usage Tips

For most effective use of essential oils for focus and concentration benefits:

Topical — Apply oils topically to forehead, back of skull (especially in occipital traingles), under nose, roof of mouth (place oil on pad of thumb, place on roof of mouth and suck). Use reflex points on foot for brain, namely underside of big toe, also reflex points on outer ear for brain.

Internal — Take oils in capsule, place a drop(s) under or on tongue near back of throat or sip from glass of water.

Aromatic — Diffuse oils of choice to stimulate brain allowing entry through the nose to olfactory system.


Do no use essential oils internally unless they are labeled for dietary use. Look for the Supplement Facts box on the label. Avoid oils labeled “for external use only”, “for aromatic use only”, “not for internal use,” or “do not ingest.”