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Essential Oils for Writers That Bolster Focus and Creativity

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Inspire yours sense with essential oils

Inspire yours sense with essential oils

Essential Oils for Focus and Productivity

Helping ourselves be creative as writers is not always as hard as we might think. We can, of course, challenge ourselves to try new things, explore new ideas, and try new writing places—all of these can help with the flow of new ideas and aid our creative process immensely. But a very simple method to encourage creativity may be resting right under our noses.

Aromatherapy has been credited with many different uses, including its use for health, relaxation, massage, creativity and focus. As a writer, I know that I am always looking for a way to stimulate my creativity and focus.

Essential oils have long been known to be able to elicit emotional responses in many of us, helping to create moods, relax, and of course, uplift our mental attitude, all of which can be a great aid in helping with the creative process. By using our sense of smell as a tool for creativity, we are aiding our memory, stimulating our emotions, and activating our brain via the limbic system. The limbic system is responsible for pleasure, emotion, and memory. The more times we have smelled a particular scent, the more we are able to retain a clear picture of a past memory or experience. This helps to create patterns of new habits and entice our senses towards the different moods and energy needed for the creative process that is writing.

Find the right oils to inspire your writing

Find the right oils to inspire your writing

Choosing the Right Oils for You

There are so many essential oils available to us in this modern world that it may be a bit confusing to know which ones are right for you and the mood you are hoping to encourage within your creativity.

So take a peek at the list below for some of the best essential oils known for their ability to promote focus and creativity.

Bergamot: This wonderful essential oil is a great aid in keeping you alert and focused, helping to keep your flow of creativity constant while keeping stress levels from rising.

Cinnamon: A great essential oil for helping to raise focus and feelings of happiness as it helps to lift and motivate our senses. It is known for its ability to promote love and harmony.

Cloves: This essential oil is well known for its ability to help with creativity and helping to create a greater understanding of self, all the while creating an environment of contentment.

Cypress: An essential oil which is great for its ability to help you focus while boosting your self-confidence and self-awareness in a calm relaxing manner.

Eucalyptus: A great fresh-smelling oil that is very useful in boosting creativity, understanding, mental clarity and even enthusiasm. A great aid for many writers.

Freshen your world with beautiful and creative scents

Freshen your world with beautiful and creative scents

Oils to Fight Brain Fog

Lemon: As an essential oil, lemon is great for helping with concentration, creativity, and focus and even helps create a joyful, positive attitude.

Frankincense: An uplifting essential oil that is great for creativity, performance, and concentration and helps to provide a joyful, peaceful environment to write.

Geranium: A great oil for helping with self-esteem while creating a relaxing, uplifting atmosphere (mixed into a carrier oil and applied is also great for relieving the symptoms of headache).

Grapefruit: A very useful essential oil, grapefruit helps with performance, alertness, confidence and, of course, inspiration

Jasmine: One of my personal favorites, this essential oil is fantastic for boosting your confidence, raising your happiness, and helping with creativity and performance. A must-have in my opinion.

Neroli: A good essential oil that aids in many types of creativity, fostering a good sense of peace and personal contentment and helping to calm nerves and reduce stress.

Peppermint: A great essential oil for renewing the mind and lifting a flagging spirit helping to create an alert mind ready for new things.

Rose: This essential oil is often used in massage for its ability to uplift the spirit and create feelings of romance and love; it is also very good in helping us writers to create in a joyful, happy manner, especially if romance is your genre.

Sandalwood: is a great essential oil for writers who are struggling with self-doubt or writer's block. This wonderful oil is very useful for lifting flagging spirits, instilling self-confidence and self-awareness while creating a peaceful work environment in which you can start afresh.

Scent is a powerful tool in activating many different parts of our brains, so when choosing your oils, start with the ones that appeal to you the most and slowly experiment with others as you go. As time progresses, you may even find yourself combining your favourites into scents that are all your own…

You've Got Options!

There are many ways to use essential oils; you can add them to a carrier oil and apply them to the skin or use an oil burner to release the wonderful scents into the environment of your workspace. Dabbing some onto a cotton ball and keeping it close to you may be a good movable way to carry your inspiring scents with you, or simply add to a boiling pot of water and let the steam carry the scent through your home. All of these are easy and effective ways to use aromatherapy with your writing.

You can try scented candles that carry the scent you are looking for or even buy a small USB device that plugs into your computer and heats the oil applied to the tab on the top, creating a personal, more private area of scent. Whichever method you do try, I am sure that you too will soon see the benefits of writing with essential oils not only in your writing but also by helping to create a more relaxed work environment for you to enjoy along your creative journey.

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Bettyann on August 18, 2017:

I'm both a writer and an essential oil user. I agree with the benefits, especially focus, attentiveness, etc. I have ADD so the oils and supplements are great for that. So cool to find a site for oils for writers. Good to meet you!

Valene from Missouri on July 06, 2016:

I have a bergamot plant, so I will have to try boiling the leaves for fragrance in the house.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on December 22, 2015:

Great ideas. I mostly use peppermint essential oil in my oil burner to unclog my nose. I didn't know that it's useful for my writing creativity. Thanks for sharing.

Audrey Howitt from California on December 17, 2015:

I love this idea!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 04, 2015:

I would love to get into essential oils for aromatherapy someday. This is so useful for future reference. Voted up!

K.A.E Grove (author) from Australia on January 27, 2015:

I discovered a lot of these when struggling for ways to battle writers block

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have :)

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on August 22, 2014:

Very interesting. I hadn't heard of these benefits before!

K.A.E Grove (author) from Australia on June 30, 2014:

carrie lee night

essential oils are so helpful to us that it only makes sense that in something as creative as writing that there would be some great aids for us writers to use to boost our own focus.

I am so glad that you found this one useful thank you for stopping by

K.A.E Grove (author) from Australia on June 30, 2014:

always exploring

there is nothing like a refreshing invigorating essential oil to help jog memory, thanks for sharing your story about study it has helped me with my son, he now studies with peppermint essential oil burning and will have the same kind of candy to help him at test time. i can't believe i haven't thought of that one earlier ... so thank you for not only reading this and finding ideas for yourself but for helping me help my oldest .... as always I am always so happy to have had you visit

K.A.E Grove (author) from Australia on June 30, 2014:


I am such a big fan of what essential oils can do for us in our everyday lives that it seemed only natural that there would be some to help aid our creativity, i hope you find the right ones for your own personal use

K.A.E Grove (author) from Australia on June 25, 2014:


I have to admit that lavender is one of my favorites scents to use in my home, it has wonderful calming properties and is great in lifting self image and self confidence plus its just lovely to surround yourself in. I really wanted to include it in this hub but it wasn't as good for focus and creativity as the others in this hub, but i would make a wonderful additive in a mix with some of the others here

I am so very glad to have had your visit :)

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on June 25, 2014:

Thank you for another interesting hub :) essential oils for relaxing and focus is a very useful hub to melt down those writers blocks :) Have a great week :)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 23, 2014:

I love the idea of having an oil burner. ( Why haven't i thought of that? ) My favorites are jasmine, eucalyptus, peppermint and of course lavender. I will share a story with you. Many moons ago we nursing students went to take the state board test to become RN'S. We took hard peppermint candy to suck on and it worked, we all passed. I still love the taste and smell of peppermint. Great hub...

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 23, 2014:

What a wonderful useful hub nighthag. I had never thought of using essential oils to promote creativity and give inspiration to overcome writers block. I will definitely try some of these. Voted up.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 23, 2014:

I didn't see my favorite--lavender, so I guess I have to choose another one specifically to boost creativity. Thank you for your insights.