We caught up with scent expert, Sandy Blandin who shared tips on using scents to improve your child's concentration while studying.
As adults, we think nothing of downing a cup of thick heavily-caffeinated espresso or freshly-brewed tea to perk up our day when we are feeling tired at work. Of course, we would never dream of feeding this to our kids. But how do you keep their concentration up while they study for exams you ask? Well, you’ll be glad to hear that there is an effective way to boost your child’s concentration this exam season that doesn’t involve caffeine. There is in fact a perfectly effective way of providing an energy boost to improve your child’s concentration, simply through their sense of smell.
“The sense of smell is the least tangible and most often taken for granted,” Sandy Blandin, a fragrance expert tell us. We often overlook the importance of smell and its ability to boost our emotional and psychological well-being. During our chat with Blandin at a recent “Smelly to Smiley” Ambi Pur event, she shared some useful tips on using scents to improve your child’s concentration or to help him relax.
Scent tips to help productivity and concentration
Just place a drop or two of an essential oil on a cotton ball and take a whiff when you need an energy boost. If you have an electric diffuser, add 1-6 drops for a couple of hours.
Here are some scents and their effects for you and your children:
This scent promotes concentration and has calming, clarifying properties that are helpful when you’re feeling angry, anxious or run down. Lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties that can help fight sore throats and colds by boosting the body’s immune system and improving circulation.
This essential oil has calming properties that helps control emotional stress. Lavender has a soothing effect on nerves and can relieve nervous tension and depression, as well as treat headaches and migraines.
Blandin drops a single drop of lavender oil onto her young one’s pillow to help with a soothing, good night’s sleep.
Like lavender, jasmine it is also used to calm nerves, but this oil is also commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting properties that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalised energy.
About Sandy Blandin
Sandy Blandin is the founder of NoseWhoKnows, which specialises in olfactive training and fragrance strategy. She started her career as a laboratory technician in 1999 after completing her Master’s Degree in the science of aromas and perfumes. She frequently holds workshops for children to hone their sense of smell, appreciate scents and also to have a fun time making their own perfume soaps.
Read on for more about scents and how they affect our daily lives.