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Memory is the function of the brain that encodes, stores, and retrieves information. Whether you know it or not, you owe everything you do in your life to memory—it enables you to speak, walk, develop relationships, and more. Essential oils like Peppermint, Rosemary, InTune® Focus Blend, and Frankincense help support mental clarity and alertness. These oils can also help you regain focus while performing tedious tasks and overcome an afternoon slump.


  • Supplement study habits by diffusing energizing aromas like Rosemary, Peppermint, or Wild Orange blend while studying. Keep the blend on hand when taking a test to support information recall.
  • To help maintain mental clarity, mix two drops Rosemary oil with a carrier lotion and rub into hands and inhale deeply.
  • Apply one to two drops Frankincense oil to temples and back of neck to support and enhance concentration.
  • Apply InTune to the temples and back of neck when doing tasks that require concentration.
  • Apply a few drops of Wild Orange and Peppermint to the palms and inhale deeply to promote a sense of clarity.
  • To support memory and cognitive health, take four xEO Mega softgels daily.

Essential Oils and Memory

Memories are made in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. Memories that are accompanied by external stimuli such as emotions or scents are typically easier to recall. That’s why certain scents can instantly conjure memories and even help you recall additional details. You might have memories connected to the smell of salty sea air, the earthy scent of a forest, or the citrusy aroma of a tangerine.

Essential Oils for Mental Clarity

There are two main types of memory—short-term and long-term. Short-term memory is made up of the information you are currently using, like what someone just said to you in a conversation. Essential oils known to support a sense of sharp focus include Rosemary, Marjoram, Frankincense, and citrus oils of all kind. Other doTERRA products that support a sense of mental clarity include InTune, xEO Mega, and DDR Prime.

Supporting Long-Term Memory

Long-term memory is made up of short-term memories that have been stored for recollection. These types of memories are more easily recalled when accompanied by external stimuli, like smells or images. Using essential oils of any kind during the memory-making period (such as while studying) can help support long-term memory. Some favorites include Peppermint, Wild Orange, InTune, and Frankincense. Taking an omega supplement like xEO Mega is also beneficial, as omega fatty acids support memory and cognitive health.*


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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