Disclaimer #1: I am NOT an essential oil guru. I know nothing about using oils to cure cancer or to put my kids asleep at night (especially because I don't have kids). I love essential oils, I do, but that doesn't make me an expert. Disclaimer #2: Some oils are not good for children or expecting mothers. The ones I know of are peppermint, rosemary, and clary sage. Basically half the list below (sorry!) So if you have any hesitancies toward using them for any reason, you may want to look deeper into it.
So. Here we are. Essential Oils.
They're something you've most likely seen all over your Pinterest feed or tried to have been sold on from a girl you graduated high school with. Nowadays, they're everywhere.
And I'm not mad at it.
Whether or not you believe in their super-magical claims, essential oils do serve a variety of good. Creativity and inspiration for writing (other tips on that here) are just a couple of those. And I'm here to explain the singular oils that help along, and then after give you some of my favorite blend examples.
Obviously, any essential oil could be said to help someone's writing, as everyone has different needs for when they write. To keep this post from going into detail about every single oil possible, I'm only going to mention the ones that I've tried and think help me out.
Most of the links in this article are that of the affiliate variety, but please don't let that lessen what you may take away from this. It charges you nothing extra. I've been using these oils/blends for longgg before starting this blog. Now, I'm just trying to make an extra penny with spreading the word about them since, you know, authors don't make shit.
So yeah :)
I will rave about this oil 'til the day I die. I always buy the big bottle of this stuff, and make sure to keep it stocked. I've gotten everyone I know hooked on it, including my dad. It's energizing, clarifying, and stimulates your mind in a way that makes you want to be productive with your writing.
As with any essential oil, there are multiple ways to use it. My favorite ways are sprinkling a few drops in my shower in the morning, as well as putting it in my diffuser with some of the other oils I'll mention below.
This oil definitely isn't as in your face as peppermint is. But while it's more low-key, it's still incredibly invigorating and helps boost mental energy and focus. It's also capable of reducing tension, so if you're feeling too stressed or under pressure to be your most creative, rosemary is an oil to consider.
Some people on Pinterest swear that the three of these have completely different side-effects. For me, though, they're interchangeable. I usually choose one of the three based on what smell I'm craving (that sounds kinda weird, doesn't it?).
Even so, these three fruity scents help uplift your mood and, mixed with other types of oils, can majorly aid in energy. Too much of a sweet scent can negatively impact your focus, though, so use them lightly.
Aside from being good at everything else, hence why this is dubbed as the king of all oils, frankincense has many mental benefits. It can calm your mind and your nerves, giving you plenty of free space in your head for creativity. There are also claims that it helps improve your memory and concentration, as well as giving you the clear mindset you need to write that bestseller of yours.
Clary Sage & Bergamot
The last of the oils I'll mention are these two which, while completely different, do have the same sort of effect on the mind. These, like frankincense, have incredible mood benefits. They're known to boost mental strength and confidence, as well as get all that mood-lowering gunk out of your head. Clary Sage is more of a hormone balancer, while Bergamot has more of a calm & uplifting sort of smell. But they're both awesome.
The Best Blends
These are my favorites from the hundreds I've found and tested from Pinterest. You can use them in equal parts or one oil more than the other, whether that be through a diffuser or with a carrier oil in a roller ball. It's all up to you and your preferences. So just know that these recipes are mere guidelines, and you can customize them however you like.
Smells are personal, you guys.
Peppermint + Orange or Lemon (my all-time fave)
Peppermint + Lemon + Rosemary
Frankincense + Orange + Lemon + Peppermint
Grapefruit + Rosemary + Peppermint
Lemon + Rosemary + Frankincense
Bergamot + Lemon + Orange
Basically, as you can probably tell, just throw together some of the ones I initially listed and see if it smells good and works for you. That's the fun part of essential oils. You can feel like a scientist. They have premade blends you can always buy, but to me that's not nearly as fun.
I truly believe they help me focus and boost my creativity, and even if they don't, they still smell awesome.
So let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these or if you have any others you think I should've included! I've only recently gotten into essential oils this past year, so I still find it interesting to research.
Thanks for reading!