Essential oils to enhance focus and concentration
It's almost Back to school time and this is generally the time of year when educators, parents and kids themselves notice that their focus and concentration are not optimal. There are various reasons why this could be happening. Your child could have a diagnosis of ADD, ADHD or another one of the "D" disorders, but it might be as simple as too much stimuli. Today's kids struggle to shut out the noise. Computers, phones, TV, I-pads and other electronics are all vying for their attention and their brains are not wired for all of that input. As an adult, my husband and I often say, "turn it down, that's too much sensory for us". You see, I have a 19 year old who was diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder at 1 year of age as he would not eat table food and was also labeled "failure to thrive". He was later diagnosed with ADHD, so we are very aware of the struggles of a family with a special need child. Anyway, back to our wiring. In order to focus, our brains require adequate neural connections in the brain to process all of the incoming sensory input (sights, sounds, smells, etc.) When our brains are unable to process this stimuli, then frustration, anger and tiredness can occur. There are many things that can affect neural connections. I struggle when there is too much stimuli coming in at once. I can get very overwhelmed and feel like everyone is talking to me at once. I've never officially been diagnosed with ADHD, but as a teenager I developed OCD and struggled with that for over 10 years. I have chosen to use essential oils to help me focus naturally. Diffusing essential oils is one way to stimulate my neural connections. When I inhale an essential oil, the olfactory bulb (which is located in the brain) transmits the scent and it's chemical constituents into the brain stimulating the nerves to make those neural connection. Here's a picture of our olfactory system.
Another way is just to place a couple of drops into my hands, make a little tent with my hands and inhale. Teachers have noticed that diffusing essential oils in their classroom has helped their kids to calm down and focus. Some of the ones I use are: doTerra In Tune Focus Blend, Balance, Serenity, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Ylang, Ylang, Bergamot and Roman Chamomile. There are also several pulse and reflexology points to place essential oils to improve focus. The Occipital Triangle at the base of the neck, and pulse points on the front of the neck are two spots to place them. I also suggest the bottom of the big toe as another spot. One could also rub up and down the spine. Whichever route you take, I know you will love the results of essential oils.