If procrastination is a sport you are excelling at, and inspiration, or lack thereof, is leaving you with a blank page or canvas, essential oils might just be what you are looking for to help boost your creativity.
Being an artist is hard, and it can sometimes feel like an endless struggle. During your free time, when you could be creating, you are suddenly falling into a rabbit hole of YouTube videos of your favorite show’s bloopers (guilty), and when it’s time to sleep, your brain is on fire, and you find yourself burning with ideas.
As a writer of fiction, I rely on essential oils every single day, and it has been working pretty well for me, as I am now able to find a satisfying balance and consistency in my writing schedule.
Although I like change, and am constantly trying new blends and switching essential oils. I created two blends for you with my favorite ones, according to two types of moods I believe are typical in the life of an artist.
Step 1: Free Your Mind
This is a blend I find helpful when I am taking my first steps of a purely creative process – the moment I need to unleash my brain and explore worlds, places, characters and plots. And, it’s not just for writers; this creative process can be applied to any artistic discipline.
Neroli (Citrus aurantium), or Orange Blossom
The floral, sweet, honey-like scent of Neroli is such a heavenly aroma. It is a daydreaming essential oil, a euphoric sensation, not only very relaxing but also comforting. When you let it carry you, Neroli connects you to the invisible: emotions, inspiration, spirituality and self-love. A perfect oil to wander in ideas and feel good about the journey.
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
There is something very easy and straightforward about Sweet Orange. It helps remove our “adulting” filters, and society standards, and brings us back to the simpler times and sweetness of childhood, when our imagination knew no limits. With Sweet Orange, unicorns and dragons and pirates and fairies are just a whiff away.
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Cypress is a straight line that connects the dots – the Cypress tree being literally, a straight, thin tree. It is the one that will help make sense of ideas, remove mental fog and help you find a direction to follow. It is a bit more “serious” than the first two, but will definitely help you avoid getting too lost in your thoughts.
Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
Black spruce is one of my favorite essential oils. In terms of creativity, I chose it for its expansive quality. I always breathe deeper when I smell it. It helps me go above and beyond and not be afraid of my ideas. I find it grounding and strengthening, the perfect nudge of self-confidence and protection needed to trust your own creative process.
Neroli – 3 drops
Sweet Orange – 8 drops
Cypress – 5 drops
Black Spruce – 5 drops
Suggestions of use:
It really depends on what you like and how you work. 15 drops of the blend can be added to an ounce of carrier oil, or you can make an aromatic inhaler, or use the synergy in a diffuser. I like to dilute it in a carrier oil and massage my hands with a few drops.
Step 2: Get Things Done
Having ideas, an intention and a clear sense of direction is still not enough to make things happen. At this point, at least as far as I’m concerned, I can find excuses such as “I’m too tired” or “I’m going to watch Netflix instead”. Now is the time for focus and work, and this blend will help you stay on track with the task you want to achieve.
Peppermint (Mentha x. piperita)
How could I not include peppermint? The cooling, refreshing and awakening effect is immediate and very direct: it almost screams at you to wake up. There is no excuse with Peppermint; it is a lovely tyrant, the type that says “you’ll thank me later”.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is the antithesis of sluggishness. When Peppermint tells you to move, Ginger actually makes you want to move. How can one stay inactive when smelling the lively, warm, spicy and flowing aroma? Ginger is a great ally when you need a spark of motivation coming from within.
Rosemary ct. cineole (Rosemarinus officinalis ct. cineole)
Rosemary ct. cineole is the student that sits in the front row and absorbs information like a sponge. It is a well-known cephalic essential oil, boosting your focus and memory, and heightening your observational skills. You won’t put your pen/pencil/brush down until you’re finished – and I actually don’t recommend it before sleeping, for obvious reasons.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
Grapefruit is fresh and positive. It will be the one to cheer you up when you want to scratch your work and start over. Its uplifting effect is helpful for clearing your mind of negative and self-deprecating thoughts. “Keep going; you’re killing it!” is Grapefruit’s moto.
Peppermint – 1 drop
Ginger – 4 drops
Rosemary ct. cineole – 3 drops
Grapefruit – 8 drops
Suggestions of use:
Same as above.
Don’t forget to enjoy your art and trust your process.
I will end with this quote from the famous writer Kurt Vonnegut:
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”