By Joseph Struhs @happyhealthyjoe
The creative process can be hard.
It can be exhausting. It can be a lot of work. I mean, a lot of times it's really satisfying. But sometimes it feels a lot like banging your head against the wall over and over again, trying to make the ideas come out.
As a creative professional, I get it. I love what I do. I really do! But I am also acutely aware how much of a buzzkill creative blocks are. On occasion client work can be akin to torture, and there are even times that writing for my own blog feels like I'm milking an empty udder.
Okay, enough with the dramatic, painful metaphors. Personally, no matter what creative endeavor I pursue, I've found that I set myself up for success by having creative rituals. There's something about paying attention to little details that facilitates focused, creative action. One thing that's really helped me get into my groove and be my most productive self is diffusing essential oils.
Over the past two years, I've turned to emotional aromatherapy to help take control of my creative process and support a healthy, positive mindset. Diffusing essential oils is a great way to experience them aromatically.
As the late Alexander McQueen beautifully put it:
“There is no better designer than nature.”
So, why not accept a little help from Mother Nature? ;) The following is a combination of essential oils I like to diffuse when I need to get my creative juices flowing! I especially like to diffuse it when I'm composing and recording music. This blend of essential oils is particularly conducive to setting the scene to make some magic happen!
To an atomizing diffuser, add:
- 3 drops Bergamot essential oil
- 2 drops Clary Sage essential oil
- 2 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 1 drop Patchouli essential oil
One of my favorites, Bergamot is a spicy citrus with a bittersweet scent that is both calming and powerfully uplifting. You may recognize it as one of the key ingredients in Earl Grey tea. Emotionally, Bergamot is the oil of self-acceptance, and diffusing it fosters a sense of confidence and self-assurance.
Clary Sage, the oil of clarity and vision, is definitely appropriate for this blend. The main chemical constituent of Clary Sage is linalyl acetate (part of the esters group), making it one of the most relaxing and soothing oils as well as an excellent one to support creativity. Used aromatically, it opens creative channels, clears creative blocks, and helps you tune into your gifts and strengths.
Historically, Frankincense has been used in religious practices and to support meditation. The oil of truth, it invites you to let go of lower vibrations and to move onward and upward! Diffusing it helps break down the walls in your heart and mind and open you up to new possibilities, making it great for bolstering the creative process.
Last in the mix is Patchouli, a bushy herb in the mint family, has a rich, musky-sweet scent, and is great for bringing you to the present. When used aromatically, it has very grounding, stabilizing effect on emotions and helps you better connect with your physicality.
Not only are the emotional properties of these oils synergistic in supporting creative work, so are the aromas! So, the next time you're rolling up your sleeves to get the job done, give this blend a shot for some all-natural creative support.
Want to get more out of diffusing essential oils? Check out my pre-bedtime ritual diffuser blend - it's one of my favorites!