Need a Creativity Boost? There's an Essential Oil for That

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I believe that every human soul has the desire to create. But I also know that dry spells are real. Essential oils are my go-to when I feel blocked.

Essential oils are naturally occurring chemicals in plants, distilled into very concentrated form. Their powerful aromas, experienced by our brains through our sense of smell, can profoundly affect our emotions and mood.

Using oils as part of my daily creative rituals helps me find joy and playfulness. I can’t imagine my work as an artist without them.

Tangerine for Joy and Creativity

The bright, citrusy scent of tangerine can lift the darkest moods and bring playfulness and cheer to all kinds of creative pursuits. Tangerine helps break through feelings of overwhelming duty and helps instill a new sense of purpose.

How to Use It

  • To boost creativity and lift your mood, place one to two drops in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and cup them over your nose and mouth for 30 seconds.
  • To promote feelings of happiness, apply to wrists or abdomen.

Frankincense for Calm

The soft, spicy scent of frankincense is a tonic for a jittery nervous system. This is a gentle, nurturing oil that helps us feel cared for and free to be creative.

How to Use It

  • Apply to the bottoms of the feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
  • Diffuse frankincense during your creative practice to focus your intention and to evoke feelings of peace and satisfaction.

Lavender for Communication

Lavender essential oil encourages emotional honesty and liberates us to create. It calms the insecurities that can surface when we're beginning a new project or exploring new ideas.

How to Use It

  • Diffuse lavender in your work space to promote feelings of vitality.
  • Keep a small bottle of lavender oil and water to mist your face and bring an instant sense of well-being and clarity. 

Clary Sage for Clarity and Vision

Clary Sage is one of the most relaxing, soothing and balancing essential oils. It can help dispel limiting beliefs about our work and open our hearts and minds to new possibilities.

How to Use It

  • Diffuse this essential oil while you work to calm the nervous system, allowing for more clarity in your creative practice.
  • Apply one to two drops of clary sage oil to the bottoms of the feet or to the pulse points before you begin your work.

Jasmine for Optimism and Confidence

The most sensual and feminine of the oils, jasmine brings a gentle sense of euphoria to the mind, body and spirit. When we feel elated, we are more confident and ready to tackle even our biggest projects.

How to Use It

  • Diffuse this oil to evoke feelings of joy, peace and self-confidence.
  • Rub a drop onto your third eye (the space between the eyebrows) for a spacious feeling of optimism. It’s wonderful for the skin, too!

Peppermint for Concentration

This bright, minty oil brings a sense of joy and buoyancy to the heart and soul. It invigorates the mind and spirit while also helping us breathe in more clean, clear inspiration.

How to Use It

  • Inhale straight from the bottle for a non-stimulant, invigorating pick-me up during long work sessions.
  • Rub on temples before you work for an energy boost.
  • Diffuse when feeling fatigued and needing a concentration boost.

Health note: Always check with your health practitioner about using essential oils if you are under a physician's care, pregnant or nursing a baby. And it’s a good practice to dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, if you are applying it directly to the skin.

Author's note: I use doTERRA Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Each bottle is independently tested for the highest level of purity and efficacy. I've found them to support my wellness, my home life and my work in every way. 

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