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DIY: Focus Essential Oil Blend

beth September 26, 2013

Written by Beth

We’re back to homeschooling again, and with that need for focus comes a never-ending stream of distractions. While I daily lament the lack of a diffuser in our house, I gladly use our “magic perfume” to help all of us focus and concentrate. I love some of the various blends out there, but for us, the best option was to make our own from the oils that worked best on our kids.

Focus Essential Oil Blend

Lavender is great. We use it in many ways around our house. But using it to bring calm and focus just wasn’t working for us. So, I had our girls smell some oils to see what they thought smelled pretty. Without a doubt, for my girls, it was lemon, basil, and frankincense. So, I made a blend.


  • 2 tablespoons of fractured coconut oil
  • 20 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops of basil essential oil
  • 10 drops of frankincense essential oil


Step 1: Mix them and add them to a roller ball bottle. We use it as our”magic perfume” before we do work. A bit at the base of the neck and the temples, and the girls are ready to go.

Can I Use More or Less?

I made our blend simple and not too strong because my girls are young – 2.5 and 4 in 2 weeks. I am sure the blend will need to be tweaked and changed as they grow, but it’s a good starting point. That’s what is imperative. Find oils that help calm, soothe, and focus   – Basil, Lemon, Frankincense, Lavender, and Vetiver. Have your child, spouse, etc., smell the oils and tell you which they find the most appealing. Then use those. Not all oils work for everyone; not all will work with the same frequency. Making a simple blend and tweaking it will help you determine the right formula for your family.

Remember, don’t stress! The whole point of oils is to help concentration and focus, thus removing stress. If any part of making or buying a blend stresses you out, don’t do it. Adding to your stress will stress those you are trying to help. Doing something simple like changing your environment or going for a walk and then trying again can help focus and your state of mind. Then try again, try a blend, or try a different approach.

What is your favorite essential oil blend for focus/concentration?

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  1. Hi Malissa!
    This sounds like a wonderful recipe! I’ve just started using coconut oil and I’m loving it. I like your idea of letting the girls choose the oils – invoking their intuition!


  2. Unfortunately Basil has carcinogenic properties and probablyshould not be used around children. . Safety Information: Use Basil Oil sparingly and with caution. High doses may be carcinogenic especially for those basils that contain a significant amount of methyl chavicol (Eugenole). Tisserand and Young suggest a dermal maximum of 15% if the estragole content does not exceed 0.8%. Reading Tisserand and Young’s full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 208.] Before using any essential oils, it really is a good idea to research which oils are safe to use around children.


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