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Enhancing memory recall

For all the students out there, this list is for you!

There have been studies done that show a connection between studying (learning or focusing on a concept) using scent cues and recalling the concept at a later time, such as a test or exam.

For example, some scent cues might involve food. For others, it might be aromatherapy, specifically essential oils. Since most exams do not permit food, I’d suggest the aromatherapy route.

How it works (in theory)

There is a bit of planning ahead involved, namely during the study times. You would inhale the blend or oil of your choice, and begin studying.
Later, when you want to recall the subject material, you would enhance your recall of that material by inhaling the blend or oil that you used during the study time.
Apparently there is a strong aromatic connection impacting cognitive function.

Not just for students

This concept can also apply to seniors, as well as early onset dementia patients. The essential oil used in these studies was rosemary essential oil.
Ways to try this include:

  • Smelling the oil or blend of choice right from the bottle
  • Using the blend in a rollerball on the wrists

You can purchase a blend, or make your own.

Here are some essential oils to look for:

  • Lemon (eases emotional tension)
  • Rosemary (encourages mental clarity)
  • Cypress (emotionally helps to calm excessive worrying and usher peace when one is feeling overwhelmed)
  • Cinnamon (boosts brain activity, removing nervous tension and memory loss)

If you’d like to purchase empty rollerballs to make your own, you can order them here on the website.

Interested in taking a deeper dive into rosemary essential oil?

Rosemary is one of the essential oils profiled in the Aromatherapy Foundational Concepts course with Deanna Russell.

You can check it out here!


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