Essential Oils for Writers That Bolster Focus and Creativity
Helping ourselves be creative as writers is not always as hard as we might think. We can, of course, challenge ourselves to try new things, explore new ideas, and try new writing places — all of these can help with the flow of new ideas and aid our creative process immensely. But a very simple method to encourage creativity may be resting right under our noses.
Aromatherapy has been credited with many different uses, including its use for heath, relaxation, massage, and creativity and focus. As a writer, I know that I am always looking for a way to stimulate my creativity and focus.
Essential oils have long been known to be able to elicit emotional responses in many of us, helping to create moods, relax, and of course uplift our mental attitude, all of which can be a great aid in helping with the creative process. By using our sense of smell as a tool for creativity, we are aiding our memory, stimulating our emotions, and activating our brain via the limbic system. The limbic system is responsible for pleasure, emotion, and of course memory. The more times we have smelled a particular scent, the more we are able to retain a clear picture of a past memory or experience. This helps to create patterns of new habits and entice our senses towards the different moods and energy needed for the creative process that is writing.
Choosing the right essential oils for you
There are so many essential oils available to us in this modern world that it may be a bit confusing to know which ones are right for you and the mood you are hoping to encourage within your creativity.
So take a peek at the list below for some of the best essential oils known for their ability to promote focus and creativity.
Bergamot: This wonderful essential oils is a great aid in keeping you alert and focused, helping to keep your flow of creativity constant, while keeping stress levels from rising.
Cinnamon: A great essential oil for helping to raise focus and feelings of happiness as it helps to lift and motivate our senses. It is known for its ability to promote love and harmony.
Cloves: This essential oil is well known for its ability to help with creativity and helping to create a greater understanding of self all the while creating an environment of contentment.
Cypress: An essential oil which is great for its ability to help you focus while boosting your self confidence and self awareness in a calm relaxing manner.
Eucalyptus: A great fresh smelling oil that is very useful in boosting creativity, understanding, mental clarity and even enthusiasm. A great aid for many writers.
Lemon: As an essential oil lemon is great for helping with concentration, creativity, focus and even helps create a joy positive attitude.
Frankincense: An uplifting essential oil that is great for creativity, performance, concentration and helps to provide a joyful peaceful environment to write.
Geranium: A great oil for helping with the self-esteem while creating a relaxing uplifting atmosphere (mixed into a carrier oil and applied is also great for relieving the symptoms of headache).
Grapefruit: A very useful essential oil, grapefruit helps with performance, alertness, confidence and of course inspiration
Jasmine: One of my personal favorites this essential oil is fantastic with boosting your confidence, raising your happiness and of course helping with creativity and performance. A must have in my opinion.
Neroli A good essential oil that aids in many types of creativity fostering a good sense of peace and personal contentment helping to calm nerves and reduce stress
Peppermint A great essential oil for renewing the mind and lifting a flagging spirit helping to create an alert mind ready for new things
Rose This essential oil is often used in massage for its ability to uplift the spirit and create feelings of romance and love, it is also very good in helping us writers to create in a joyful happy manner, especially if romance is your genre
Sandalwood is a great essential oil for writers who are struggling with self doubt or writers block. This wonderful oil is very useful for lifting flagging spirits, instilling self confidence and self awareness while creating a peaceful work environment for which you can start afresh in
Scent is a powerful tool in activating many different parts of our brains, so when choosing your oils start with the ones that appeal to you the most, and slowly experiment with others as you go . As time progresses you may even find yourself combining your favourites into scents that are all your own…
Using essential oils
There are many ways to use essential oils, you can add them to a carrier oil and apply to the skin or use an oil burner to release the wonderful scents into the environment of your work space. Dabbing some onto a cotton ball and keeping close to you may be a good movable way to carry your inspiring scents with you, or simply add to a boiling pot of water and let the steam carrying the scent through your home all of these are easy and effective ways to use aromatherapy with your writing.
You can of course try scented candles that carry the scent you are looking for or even buy a small USB device that plugs into your computer heating the oil applied to the tab on the top, creating a personal, more private area of scent. Whichever method you do try, I am sure that you too will soon see the benefits of writing with essential oils not only in your writing but also by helping to create a more relaxed work environment for you to enjoy along your creative journey