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Up to 60% women complain of forgetfulness, poor concentration & focus, brain fog and loss of vocabulary during perimenopause. Cognitive function is impaired by low levels of oestrogen and testosterone impacting on the hippocampus, a brain region important for memory processing.  There is mixed scientific evidence around essential oils but there is strong support by many women for aromatherapy and the use of therapeutic essential oils during perimenopause to improve energy and alertness.


To make your own brain boosting diffuser blend, add the following oils to cold water:

· 2 drops rosemary essential oil – fights fatigue

· 2 drops spearmint (or peppermint) essential oil – promotes alertness

· 2 drops lemon essential oil – good for focus

· 1 drop ylang ylang essential oil – relaxing and calming

To make a brain boosting balm, add the following essential oils to 2 teaspoons of solid carrier, such as raw shea butter, raw cocoa butter, or virgin coconut oil….simply warm until softened, melted in a small bowl or jar in hot water before adding the essential oils then mix well and leave to cool/harden in a small pot with a lid. Apply to temples (not too close to your eyes), on mastoid bone behind ears and inner wrists then massage in - use at least twice a day.

· 5 drops basil essential oil – aids memory

· 8 drops grapefruit essential oil – promotes alertness

· 8 drops wild orange essential oil – good for focus & energy

· 3 drops spearmint (or peppermint) essential oil - uplifting

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