Aromatherapy has become a wildly popular method for supplementing, or complimenting, traditional medicine, both physical and emotional. As a budget friendly method to improving overall health, many parents are turning to aromatherapy in an effort to remedy some of the very basic pyscholgoical and emotional conflicts children face within the educational system, especially when struggling to pass state standardized testing.
As the application of essential oils promote well-being, aromatherapy can trace its roots to centuries past. Using oils from flowers, leaves, bark, roots and even seeds, aromatherapy may not only prevent illness but may also improve symptoms involving bacterial or viral infections and even improve mood and cognitive functioning in children. So, how does aromatherapy benefit the child who is facing standardized testing at school?
Through our sense of smell, known medically as olfaction, the brain processes and interprets odor. Olfaction is the only sensory process which is not highly complex and activates the limbic system more promptly than other senses. Once interaction with the limbic system takes place, the aromatherapy begins to play upon the various other cognitive functions by way of the hypothalamus, thus interacting with the regulation of specific bodily functions, improving circulation, promoting oxygen flow and, thereby, potentially improving cognitive function.
With standardized education testing in many states, parents are using aromatherapy as a method to reduce their own child's emotional and psychological fears commonly associated with state standardized testing. One key aromatherapy, using essential lemon oil, has shown profound results in relieving and preventing panic and improving a child's mood, working as a stimulant. By placing a few drops of essential lemon oil into a handkerchief, allowing the child to breath into the handkerchief a few times throughout the day, has shown to improve, in some cases, the standardized testing results by stimulating alertness and improving overall cognitive function. So, how do parents quickly acquire lemon oil aromatherapy on the day of state standardized testing?
While the professional application of cold pressing provides for the best essential lemon oil, home methods are commonly used and involve the simple use of organically grown lemons. Using only the lemon peel, a parent can extract the essential oil using a food processor, at high speeds, to finely chop or grate the peel. Once finely grated, the lemon oils can be drained through a colander. While one lemon may not produce a significant amount of essential lemon oil, it is this small amount that is all that is required in the handkerchief to produce significant results in improving the outcome of state standardized testing in children.
With many states leaning towards standardized testing as a tool to promote children through the academic system, including graduation from high school, parents and educators are commonly at odds as to how best to alleviate stress, panic and anxiety within children on test day. Using the essential oils found in lemons, the emotional fears of many children may be alleviated and, as a result, the child will experience a more alert pattern of thinking during these very important academic exams.