Baccalaureate, patent, or partial, to have a brain at the top, remain concentrated and not let stress win the day D, there are precious allies, validated by science: essential oils.
Sliding a bottle of essential oil into your bag on the morning of a written or oral test can be a good reflex. Some essential oils have interesting properties to reinforce mental alertness, while others are excellent anti-stress agents and therefore allow you to keep all your means. Here are the essential oils to use according to scientific studies to put all the chances on your side to pass your exams, and how to use them.
To improve mental concentration and performance
According to a study by the Free University of Barcelona in 2017, distributing essential oil (HE) of petitgrain bigaradier (Citrus aurantium) increases work performance (increasing the speed of execution of a task). The petitgrain HE was tested in this study against a neutral vegetable oil (1). According to the authors, this effect of petitgrain HE could be due to an improvement in mood and emotional state by reducing stress and increasing attention and alertness.
Praised for its stimulating properties and against headaches, peppermint EO is also interesting for improving memory and increasing alertness according to an English study of 144 healthy participants.
Tonic and refreshing, this HE is to be taken punctually in case of a drop in concentration and “barstroke”, up to 2 drops of essential oil on a sugar or in honey (do not exceed 6 drops per day). You can also put a drop directly under the tongue or breathe the essential oil directly into the bottle for a few seconds, for a whiplash effect.
Research has shown that oral sage (Salvia officinalis and Salvia lavandulaefolia) has effects on memory and mood. A small double-blind, placebo-controlled study in 2011 showed that sage HE (Salvia lavandulaefolia) in the form of 50 µL capsules improved secondary memory and attention, especially one hour after taking it. Sage EO also reduced mental fatigue and increased alertness, especially 4 hours after taking it. Taking essential oil of sage on a neutral tablet or a little honey one hour before an exam can therefore be an effective strategy.
Recipe of a synergistic blend of special concentration essential oils
This aromatic synergy can help you stay focused, strengthen your memory and improve your performance at the time of the test.
In a clean, empty bottle, mix 50 drops of petitgrain essential oil, 50 drops of peppermint EO, and 50 drops of sage EO. Bottle clogged, homogenize the mixture and put a label on the bottle to specify its contents. 1 hour before a test, apply 1 drop of the mixture to the inside of each wrist and breathe deeply.
Warning: Essential oils are active substances that may have contraindications. Follow the instructions in the package leaflet and seek advice from your doctor if necessary, especially in the event of chronic illness or treatment with medication.
On D-Day, and especially for oral tests, it is essential not to lose one’s means. Aromatherapy also comes to your rescue.
Fine or true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or L. officinalis) is known for its relaxing and anti-stress properties. Research shows that it effectively reduces the symptoms of stress by diffusing the essential oil on the clothing at chest level and that the anti-stress effect lasts 3-4 days.
Bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia) also appears to be effective in air diffusion to reduce stress symptoms, especially when the work tasks are varied. It reduces the rate of cortisol (stress hormone) in the saliva as well as negative emotions and fatigue.
Recipe of a relaxing mixture for exams
Mix 1 drop of petitgrain HE, 1 drop of lavender HE and 2 drops of bergamot HE. Apply this mixture to the solar plexus before the event, in addition to a relaxing treatment starting 3 weeks before the event.