11 perfect essential oils for studying (& how to use them)

By Alison Angold | Qualified Aromatherapist | CIDESCO ITEC

Whether it’s revising for exams, completing a quick piece of homework, or, staying awake during a lecture, studying requires concentration, focus, and an alert mind!

Using essential oils is the ideal way of clearing brain fog and keeping the mind and body focused and attentive.

The best essential oils for studying are;

  • Basil
  • Clary sage
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
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Each essential oil comes with a variety of therapeutic actions.

These essential oils all work mainly on the nervous system to revive and refresh the mind, stimulate and clear the nerve pathways to encourage clearer thinking, and promote a positive outlook.

This will all contribute to effective, positive and successful studying.

The best essential oils for studying


With a strong, uplifting aroma, basil helps to focus the mind and aid concentration. Alongside this, it is useful for treating insomnia and stress – an ideal oil to use in the approach to exams to get a good night’s sleep, and energy for studying.

Clary sage

Clary sage uplifts and gives a sense of well-being and euphoria. This positivity will help with concentration and focus. Clary sage also helps to soothe nervous tension.


The zingy fragrance of ginger heightens the senses and improves memory. It also helps with lethargy.


A wonderful smelling oil that revives stressed minds, while giving a feeling of well-being.


Juniper clears and stimulates the mind and also relieves stress-related conditions.


The citrus scent of lemon refreshes and clears the mind and allows clarity of thought. An ideal fresh scent to use for a clear head while studying.


Myrrh helps to increase motivation, so a good oil to use when you know you have to study but can’t find the energy! It also stimulates and revives the nervous system which helps to prepare the mind for concentration.


One of the best oils to use as it promotes positivity and refreshes the mind, while also relieving tension and stress.


A revitalising scent, peppermint wakes up and refreshes the mind, improves concentration, and helps mental fatigue. It is also useful for cooling and calming the nerves. A 2018 study shows the positive effect peppermint can have on the nervous system and brain function.


Another great essential oil for studying, rosemary refreshes and clears the mind, while also improving memory. A 2013 study showed that Rosemary had a positive effect on the nervous system when applied to the skin. It is also effective at treating mental fatigue, so ideal for extended study periods.


A herby fragrance that helps stimulate memory, improves concentration and unblocks the mind.

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How to use essential oils for studying

These are the most effective ways to use essential oils for studying.

Diffuser or burner

This is a very simple and effective way of benefitting from essential oils for studying and promoting focus and attention, so you have the diffuser or burner on while you are studying. This means that you can surround yourself with, and inhale the aromas while you work.

Diffuser blends for studying

Basil, Grapefruit & Lemon

Focuses the mind and aids concentration and revives stressed minds.

Clary sage, Orange & Rosemary

Refreshes and clears the mind, along with giving a sense of well-being

Lemon, Peppermint & Thyme

Stimulates the memory and unblocks the mind and improves concentration.


Rollerball blend

Blending essential oils and keeping them in a rollerball is an ideal way to keep a clear head and focused on the go. The rollerball can be kept in your bag, pocket, car, or pencil case! Apply as and when needed on your pulse points and inhale.

Rollerball blends for studying

Use a 10ml amber rollerball bottle, and fill it with a carrier oil – sweet almond oil is good. Top up with 2-3 drops of each oil.

Ginger, Orange & Grapefruit

Refreshes heightens the senses, and improves focus

Juniper, Lemon & Peppermint

Clears and stimulates the mind.

Myrrh, Ginger & Grapefruit

Stimulates motivation and refreshes the mind.

Remember that focus and concentration can also be helped by a good night’s sleep, a boost of energy, and a calm mind. Also, remember to take regular breaks, and give your body a good stretch to avoid back pain and strain.

About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist, and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years of experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, which has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.