Brain fogginess is a terrible plague on productivity. You know that feeling that not all your circuits are firing? Thoughts feel vague, the right words are elusive, reaction times slow and your motivation levels slump into the doldrums.
What’s the solution for mental fatigue? More coffee...maybe. But there are more sustainable, natural substances that won’t leave you with that jittery buzz, caffeine withdrawal or an energetic nosedive.
Oils are a wonderful alternative to uplift yourself, motivate your brain, boost your mood and wake up in a natural way. They might even be better than coffee!
Try incorporating these holistic recipes into your everyday routine—especially when you need to focus and get work done—for a powerful pick-me-up.
doTERRA’s Motivate® Blend
Described as “fresh, clean and minty,” this blend includes: peppermint, clementine peel, coriander seed, basil, yuzu peel, melissa leaf, rosemary leaf and vanilla. The result is an encouraging blend of citrus and mint that gets you going asap.
“Feelings of confidence and courage will replace negative emotions like guilt and pessimism, with the doTERRA Motivate Encouraging Blend of mint and citrus essential oils,” says the doTERRA site.
- Diffuse in your home or office for an all-around energizing effect.
- Inhale directly from the bottle for a quick pick-me-up.
If you’ve ever taken a bite of raw ginger or even the pickled ginger at a restaurant, you’ll understand the powerful boost it can send straight to your nervous system. Ginger essential oils harness that power to invigorate you and your nervous system when it’s feeling shot.
Ginger naturally carries these benefits:
- Boosts energy
- Helps with digestion
- Decreases inflammation
Consume internally by adding a drop or two to a large bottle of water, or add to your tea.
Inhale from the oil bottle or add to a diffuser.
Caution: Be careful if you’re on blood thinning medications, as ginger is known to increase blood flow and can be a natural blood thinner.
Like ginger, cinnamon helps your blood get flowing and its natural spiciness can excite a dragging nervous system. Like the cinnamon in a good apple pie or a spiced-up hot toddy, this oil can be the perfect secret ingredient take your energy to the next level.
Cinnamon oil benefits:
- Increases blood flow
- Helps to regulate blood sugar levels
- Fights inflammation
- Helps immune system
Ingest by putting a drop of cinnamon in your favorite tea, or mix with honey and hot water.
Gargle with water and a few drops of cinnamon oil.
Put in a spray bottle with water for an effective cleaner that will fill your office or home with an uplisting smell.
Caution: Be careful of skin irritation when applied topically.
That fresh, clean feeling isn’t just for chewing gum in your mouth. Minty oils can have the same refreshing benefit to your mind. They’re like a breath of fresh air for your strained brain.
Peppermint carries these benefits:
- Boost energy
- Naturally cleansing
- Helps with digestion and focus
- Blend with other oils, like Spearmint, Rosemary, and Basil.
- Mix a few drops into a carrier oil and rub on the back of your neck.
- Add to a bath with epsom salts
- Inhale from the bottle for a quick brain boost
- Diffuse throughout your office or living area for a fresh scent.
Caution: Be cautious to avoid eye contact.
Much like mints, citrus oils are natural mood-boosters and help with mental clarity. Most citrus oils are derived directly from the peel of the fruit—you know that powerful, refreshing burst that emanates from the peel when you break open an orange. Thanks to essential oils, you can get that refreshing sensation even without freshly-picked mandarins.
- The energetic scent wakes up your brain
- Great natural cleaner
- Refreshing scent
- Can reduce seasonal respiratory discomfort
- Helps suppress overactive appetite
- Encourages fatty acid release into bloodstream (which is great for weight loss and also energy levels)
- Combats bloating and improves digestion
Blend Wild Orange in a diffuser with oils like frankincense and peppermint.
Blend Lemon with ginger, basil and/or rosemary in a diffuser or spray bottle for cleaning.
Add a drop or two to water and drink for a refresher throughout the day.
Try natural remedies as discussed above and test their effects yourself. If you'd like to purchase DoTerra essential oils, visit Habits for Health. For more on holistic health, aromatherapy, and healthy habits, visit our sister website, Habits for Wholeness.
Enid Spitz is a writer and yoga instructor based in Charleston, SC. She previously lived in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, where she was a newspaper editor and researched yoga for traumatic brain Injury. Heartmanity combines Enid's passions for social well-being, neuroscience and yoga. When not writing or on the yoga mat, she is an avid traveller, enjoys a good whiskey, and loves being outdoors. Twitter: @enidrosalyn, Instagram: @littleyogibird.