Essential Oils For Writing
If you’re a freelance writer, there’s a good chance that you’ve suffered from writer’s block, lack of focus, and many a sleepless night, perhaps due to anxiety over your latest pitch. One way to combat these issues is by using aromatherapy with essential oils chosen for each specific problem you encounter in your work and daily life. The right essential oils will help you increase your focus and creativity, reduce anxiety, and promote peaceful sleep. This helpful guide will get you headed in the right direction.
Essential Oils for Creativity
Bergamot is known for its ability to increase alertness, promote contentment, boost creativity, enhance focus, and impart joy to those who use it. It has a citrus-like scent that’s reminiscent of lemon but ultimately smells like Earl Grey tea.
Lemon has long been known to give a burst of energy when it’s needed most. Many people will drink warm water with a slice of lemon in the morning in place of a cup of coffee. When used in aromatherapy, lemon essential oil enhances concentration and focus, boosts creativity, and imparts joy.
Eucalyptus is said to boost enthusiasm, creativity, understanding, and mental acuity, which makes it an excellent choice for tapping into your inner self to access hidden stores of creativity that had perhaps been lying dormant.
Essential Oils for Focus
Rosemary’s strong, earthy scent increases alertness and enhances concentration. It is also good for memory, which makes it a great choice for those late nights when you’re starting to get a little groggy but still have more writing to do.
Basil can be used to increase alertness and assertiveness and enhance concentration and focus. It’s sweet, licorice-like aroma is sure to awaken your senses and bring your thoughts back to the task at hand.
Peppermint has a strong menthol smell that increases alertness and promotes wakefulness. This is an excellent choice first thing in the morning to get your day started right and can be used at any time throughout the day when drowsiness starts to creep in.
Essential Oils for Sleep
With its softly sweet, apple-like aroma, it should come as no surprise that chamomile promotes peacefulness by reducing anxiety and irritability. A few drops under your pillow will help you unwind and get that restful night’s sleep you’ve been waiting for.
Lavender is one of the best known essential oils and with its gentle floral and herbal aroma, it’s easy to see why. This essential oil can ease headaches, restlessness, and irritation and promote a sense of contentment and inner peace. This is the only oil that you can apply straight from the bottle, so apply a drop to your temples and allow its gentle floral and herbal aroma ease your troubled mind so that you can enjoy the deep slumber you deserve.
The sweet floral scent of ylang ylang imparts the feeling of being on a tropical island. This strong smelling oil is an antidepressant and can reduce stress and anxiety. Though it is one of the pricier oils on our list, a little bit goes a long way. Be sure to dilute it well with a carrier oil even if you aren’t applying it to your skin - otherwise it may become a bit overpowering.
Ways to Use Essential Oils For Writing
Now that you know which essential oils are most helpful for freelance writers, you may wonder how you can make use of them in your daily life. One of the easiest ways to enjoy essential oils is by using them in a diffuser. Just add a few drops of any essential oil to the water of your diffuser and let the lovely aroma of your chosen oil envelop you.
If you don’t have a diffuser, you can get the same benefits by using oils in the shower. Simply add a few drops to a cloth or pad and place it on the shower floor. As the steam increases, the scent of the essential oil will surround you and either awaken your senses or calm your soul.
If you enjoy working away from home, perhaps in your favorite internet café or park, you can take your essential oils and all of the benefits that come with them to your favorite location by wearing jewelry that works as a diffuser. Simply add a drop or two of your chosen oil to the pad inside the locket and enjoy.
If diffuser jewelry isn’t for you, another great option that can make using your essential oil on the go a breeze is to fill a roll-on container with a neutral carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba and your chosen oil (or oils). Just remember that when you apply essential oils directly to the skin, t’s best to keep the ratio at 2% dilution to avoid irritation or sensitivity. This means a 10 ml roll-on container would only need 4 drops of essential oil mixed with a carrier oil.
Freelance writing is a demanding career, so when you feel like stress is overtaking your being and you have trouble thinking of new ideas, take comfort in essential oils. They can help you rediscover creativity when your muse seems to have deserted you, allow you to focus your mind on the task at hand, and help you to sleep soundly so that you can wake each day feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.