Living Magazine Spring 2019 doTERRA Living Magazine - Page 19

Taking off the edge: Conclusion The uplifting effects of Peppermint shouldn’t just be used before your workout; they are just as effective at promoting the focus necessary to succeed in the classroom. One study found that inhalation of Peppermint decreased feelings that intense tasks were mentally and physically taxing. 9 Other studies have shown similar effects when participants inhaled Basil or Rosemary, suggesting that they may be effective when completing tasks that require mental focus. 10, 11 Lastly, dōTERRA has developed a blend specifically for this purpose. With its combination of Peppermint, Basil, Rosemary, and citrus oils, dōTERRA Motivate ® Encouraging Blend promotes the alertness and focus needed to take on mentally taxing assignments. Parents, teachers, and school administrators alike share the same goal: to provide the best environment for children to develop and learn. Due to the profound connection between the olfactory system and moods, emotions, and mental alertness, essential oil diffusion may be an effective method to support that ideal classroom atmosphere. For best results, and to determine the best essential oil to diffuse in your classroom, refer to the dōTERRA Oil Chemistry Wheel. References 1. Watanabe E, et al. Effects of bergamot (Citrus bergamia (Risso) Wright & Arn.) essential oil aromatherapy on mood states, parasympathetic nervous system activity, and salivary cortisol levels in 41 healthy females. Forsch. Komplementarmedizin . 2006;22(1):43-49. 2. Liu S, et al. The physical effects of aromatherapy in alleviating work-related stress on elementary school teachers in Taiwan. Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine . 2013:1-i7 3. Lehrner J, et al. Ambient odors of orange and lavender reduce anxiety and improve mood in a dental office. Physiology & Behavior . 2005;86:92–95. 7. Matsubara E. et al. Volatiles emitted from the roots of Vetiveria zizanioides suppress the decline in attention during a visual display terminal task. Biomed. Res. Tokyo Jpn. 2012;33:299–308. 8. Haze S, Sakai K, and Gozu Y. Effects of fragrance inhalation on sympathetic activity in normal adults. Japanese Journal of Pharmacology. 2002;90:247–253. 9. Raudenbush B, Meyer B, and Eppich B. The effects of odors on objective and subjective measures of athletic performance. International Sports Journal. 2002;6:14. 4. McCaffrey R, et al. The effects of lavender and rosemary essential oils on test-taking anxiety among graduate nursing students. Holistic Nursing Practice. 2009;23:88–93. 10. Satoh T. and Sugawara Y. Effects on humans elicited by inhaling the fragrance of essential oils: sensory test, multi-channel thermometric study and forehead surface potential wave measurement on basil and peppermint. Anal. Sci. Int. J. Jpn. Soc. Anal. Chem. 2003;19:139–146. 5. Gnatta J, et al. Aromatherapy with ylang ylang for anxiety and self-esteem: a pilot study. Rev. Esc. Enferm. U P. 2014;48(3):492–499. 11. Sayorwan W. Effects of inhaled rosemary oil on subjective feelings and activities of the nervous system. Sci. Pharm. 2013;81(2):531–542. 6. Williams R. Fragrance alters mood and brain chemistry. Townsend Lett. Dr. Patients . 2004;249:36–38. / 19