5 Essential Oils for Absentmindedness and Forgetfulness

It can be so frustrating.

You’re in a rush to get out the door and suddenly, it’s like little, unseen gremlins are following you around maniacally hiding everything you need in order to organise your departure. Your handbag, your car keys, your sunnies - they’re all suddenly just gone and you can’t remember where you put them.

In another instant, you walk into a room intent on fulfilling a mission. You arrive only to ask yourself “what did I come in here for?” You shake your head and walk out, only to remember and instant later and repeat the process.

You’re supposed to prepare some files for your boss on a Friday afternoon. You’re sitting at your desk thinking you’ve got everything covered and you’re just coasting into the weekend when it hits you - you’ve completely forgotten to even begin preparing the files. Now, instead of coasting into a laidback weekend, you’re frantically working past the time everyone else has gone home.

These moments of absentmindedness and forgetfulness can seem small, but they can be frustrating for you and even more frustrating for your colleague, supervisor, friend of loved one who is being let down by the things that slip your mind.

When your mind becomes a slippery waterslide of lost items, untended responsibilities and forgotten about obligations, essential oils can help you focus and pay attention while improving mental alertness so you’ll remember where you placed your keys when you got home (or at the very least you’ll be alert enough to put them back where they belong) and you’ll remember to send your cousin birthday wishes.

Essential Oils for Absentmindedness and Forgetfulness

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Diffusing cedarwood essential oil in your aromatherapy diffuser promotes focus and concentration. It can also be applied topically to help with symptoms of ADD and ADHD.

Add 6 drops of cedarwood essential oil to 1 tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil. Massage the mixture into the back of your neck and across your forehead (being careful not to make contact with your eyes) to soothe anxious feelings and to regain focus and concentration.

Patchouli Essential Oil

Often, feelings of anxiety stand in the way of mental clarity. To calm anxiety and nervous feelings, diffuse patchouli essential oil in your aromatherapy diffuser. You can also apply patchouli topically to ease anxiety and promote mental clarity throughout the day.

Add 7 drops of patchouli essential oil to 1 tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil. Massage the mixture into the back of your neck and apply under your nose to calm anxious emotions.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Diffusing peppermint essential oil in your aromatherapy diffuser is the best way to boost your energy levels naturally. Peppermint essential oil can also be applied topically to restore alertness.

Dilute 4 drops of peppermint essential oil into 1 tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil. Massage the blend into the back of your neck and your temples (avoiding your delicate eye area). You can also place some of the mixture under your nostrils.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary is the most powerful essential oil when it comes to stimulating memory and promoting focus. Diffusing this essential oil in your aromatherapy diffuser activates your memory and helps you concentrate. It can also be applied topically.

Apply a single drop of undiluted rosemary essential oil under your nose to support your memory and concentration throughout the day. For added benefits, apply a single drops of rosemary essential oil using the index finger of each hands, to your temple and massage in clockwise circles.

Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver essential oil effectively manages symptoms of ADD and ADHD while promoting memory, focus and concentration. Diffuse vetiver essential oil in your aromatherapy diffuser through the day to enjoy the mental benefits of this powerful essential oil.

For an even more powerful effect, and to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of vetiver essential oil as you go about your day, apply a single drop of vetiver essential oil under your nose. to the back of your neck and 2 - 3 drops down the length of your spine.

Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend for Absentmindedness and Forgetfulness

The following essential oil recipe should be blended directly into your aromatherapy diffuser and diffused throughout the day to enjoy mental stimulation, improved memory and great focus and concentration.

Aromatherapy diffuser blend for memory and focus

  • 6 drops - vetiver essential oil

  • 4 drops - rosemary essential oil

  • 4 drops - patchouli essential oil

  • 3 drops - peppermint essential oil

  • 2 drops - cedarwood essential oil

It’s important to note that this aromatherapy diffuser blend is intended to promote memory and focus. It offers support for forgetfulness and absentmindedness.

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