Beat the stress helping your children to pass their exams with Aromaspray
Is your child taking an exam very soon?
Whether it is year 2 or 6 SATS,11+, GCSE, A level or any other exams this period is, as a parent, quite nerve-racking. We are doing everything possible to give them the best possible conditions to succeed.
At the moment of writing this article, my daughter is going to take her GCSE in a bit more than 70 days, Monday the 13th of May.
Since September I have been trying to help by giving her the best material to work with but also by guiding her, from a distance, by not making my presence too overwhelming but showing trust and support.
I have been looking as well at brain gym, exercises that can improve focus, and the ability to learn. She took it on board and it improved the way she is studying. I want to do more in a more, subtle way, of course, using what I am working with every day: Essential oils.
The 3 main areas that need to work very well for children to succeed at their exams are:
Learning, sleeping and being relaxed, keeping a positive mood and energy.
Studies have shown Rosemary Essential Oil is proven to increase memory. Peppermint Essential Oil can help to increase concentration and focus.
- Rosemary: In ancient Greece, scholars wore sprigs of Rosemary when taking tests to give their recollection a boost. Shakespeare mentioned it in Hamlet: “Rosemary, that’s for remembrance”. If your children are having trouble getting information to stick in their heads, consider Rosemary. Research from Northumbria University has found that simply being in a room diffused with the smell of Rosemary boosted memory test scores by 15%. Further studies have shown that Rosemary significantly reduces test anxiety, which was demonstrated through a series of improved test scores. So, basically, it is simply amazing for memory, mood, and cognition.
Mccaffrey, Ruth & J Thomas, Debra & Orth Kinzelman, Ann. (2009). The Effects of Lavender and Rosemary Essential Oils on Test-Taking Anxiety Among Graduate Nursing Students. Holistic nursing practice. 23. 88-93. 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181a110aa.
- Peppermint: This unmistakable and familiar aroma is a powerful energiser and great for attention. When mental “fog” begins to threaten, the fresh and clean scent of Peppermint focuses senses and keeps our young students motivated.
Meamarbashi, A. (2014). Instant effects of peppermint essential oil on the physiological parameters and exercise performance. Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, 4, 72–78.
- Another study has pinpointed precisely which component of Rosemary Essential Oil helps memory and it appears that it is 1,8 cineole. This component acts also as an analgesic, an anti-inflammatory, an antispasmodic, a mucolytic, an expectorant, it increases cerebral blood flow, and reduces tension headaches. Relief is the key result. The antispasmodic, anti-infectious, and anti-inflammatory nature of 1,8 cineole can be highly effective at reducing pain. Any time blood flow and oxygen circulation to tight muscles increase, the body is supported and pain decreases. This is why 1,8 cineole’s ability to increase cerebral blood flow and reduce muscular tension offers relief for tension headaches, back and neck pain. Blend in dilutions appropriate for topical application when treating muscle pain and headaches. The Essential Oils with a high concentration of 1,8 cineole are Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Niaouli, Ravintsara, and Saro. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736918/
Studies are showing inhalation of Essential Oils like Lavender, Chamomile, Neroli, may be a safe alternative to pharmaceutical interventions for mild to moderate sleep disturbances.
- Lavender is the most popular Essential Oil for sleep and relaxation among people looking to try aromatherapy for sleep. Lavender is a soothing scent that’s long been associated with relaxation and sleep, and used as a natural remedy for anxiety. Lavender is probably the most rigorously studied essential oil.
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- Roman Chamomile has been used for centuries by mothers to calm children or Grand-Parents to sleep better. This natural sedative is perfect for restlessness and anxious feelings. It is widely regarded as a mild tranquilliser and sleep-inducer. Sedative effects may be due to the flavonoid, apigenin that binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain.
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- Neroli is an often overlooked essential oil for sleep. The oil is extracted from the blossom of a bitter orange tree, and its spicy, citric scent makes it a popular ingredient in perfumes. One study noted Neroli ‘s ability to produce a calming effect, particularly when combined with Roman Chamomile. It’s also effective on its own in reducing stress and blood pressure levels, particularly in women.
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- Our Pillow Mist is made of Essential Oils of Roman Chamomile, Neroli which are the 2 main components of this unique blend. To add some quality make this blend even more efficient- Geranium-stress relief, Lavandin-uplift mood, Lemongrass-stress and anxiety buster, Mandarin-sedative, Marjoram-relieve stress, Sweet Orange– sedative and Ylang-Ylang-lifting mood, regulating heartbeat.
For keeping a positive mood and energy:
Studies are showing that a lot of essential oils can uplift mood. The best is to chose the one which smell appeals the most.
- Lavender: This very well-known and versatile Essential Oil has an incredibly wide range of therapeutic properties. It is calming and great for relieving the nervous tension that can build up when preparing for something challenging.
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- Lemon: Another well-known and very versatile Essential Oil with an incredibly wide range of therapeutic properties. A fantastic mood booster which helps in eliminating mental fatigue and increasing concentration and alertness.
- Eucalyptus: Energy booster.
- Peppermint: Stimulates and calms the mind.
- Lemongrass: Anti-anxiety properties.
- Rosemary: Naturally reduce stress by reducing cortisol level.
- Thyme: Eases stress and anxiety.
- Cinnamon: Makes the mind or body more active.
- Lavender: Alleviating stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue.
- Neroli: Reduce stress.
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