DIY Aromatherapy Toolkit For Artists & Writers
By Thea Fiore Bloom, PhD.
Aromatherapy for artists is a wonderful way to support your dreams.
Ever wake up at 3 A.M. freaked out about money?
You’re not alone.
I think we’ve all had the odd night during a financial dry spell in our lives where we toss and turn, and think we’ll never sell another painting or story again.
In the inky blackness you may have gone so far to say to yourself something like:
‘What the heck was I thinking becoming an artist or writer?! Why can’t I be normal and go into… commercial real estate.’
But dawn comes, we tromp into our studio or office clutching a coffee, and we shake our heads at how certifiable we were the night before.
Deep down you know you’ll sell another painting or another article again. It’s just some nights; it sure feels like you won’t.
But what if something healthy and legal could ease the inevitable anxiety, self-doubt or insomnia we creatives choose to endure between paychecks?
A Natural Way To Melt Money Panic
I stumbled upon a deceptively gentle, fragrant force to pulverize much of my work stress as a writer/artist into submission– aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is the science and art of using the essential oils extracted from the leaves, roots, seeds, and petals of beneficial plants.
“Every essential oil has unique chemical components,” said certified aromatherapist Sharon Mayberry.
“Let me show you five oils that have the chemical compounds proven to address insomnia, self-doubt, survival fear and general anxiety.”
Aromatherapy For Artists: 5 Oil Toolkit
1. Challenge Insomnia With Cedarwood
“Cedarwood essential oil is very soothing and centering when you’re: in fight or flight mode, suffering from self-doubt, or are worried about your survival, ” said Mayberry.
“It has a beautiful, fresh, earthy, woodsy scent and like all five oils in this money panic tool kit, it’s balancing, grounding and protective.”
“Cedarwood oil is extremely calming to the entire nervous system,” said Mayberry. “It can help you fall asleep and stay asleep if anxiety has kept you awake lately.”
2. Conquer Monkey Mind With Frankincense
“Frankincense gives great support to you to when you need to feel grounded and safe,” said Mayberry.
There are several chemotypes (kinds) of Frankincense, the one that Sharon recommends for financial freak out is Frankincense carterii; a gorgeous, deep resinous oil with a pine heart note, high in boswellic acids which have been found to impart a feeling of emotional and physical comfort.
“What I love about this particular Frankincense is it’s very calming for racing thoughts at night or monkey mind during the day.”
Mayberry suggests this oil for artists or writers who need to feel better about themselves.
“Use it when you want to switch out of fear mode and into a meditative mode.”
Check out our post 3 Great Guided Meditations Just For Artists to Reduce Fear and Ignite Creativity.
3. Rouse Self-Esteem With Rosemary
Rosemary is an inexpensive powerhouse of an oil.
It’s been revered since ancient Roman times and is still believed to sharpen mental acuity and memory.
“I love Rosemary, said Mayberry, “because it’s very warming to both the mind and the body. It has this lovely, fresh, truly uplifting aroma and it’s actually one of the most effective oils for boosting self-esteem.”
4. Build Balance With AgarWood
“You only need just a bit of precious Agarwood oil to get you back in balance when you are out of whack, said Mayberry.
That’s good because even when pre-blended in jojoba oil, Agarwood can still cost big bucks.
( But less is more in aromatherapy. You don’t need to spend a fortune on full bottles of each of the 5 oils here; even a tiny vial of 2 of the oils would be swell to start.)
“But its worth it because the smallest amount will last you such a long time, and it grounds the body, calm the mind and it also has the benefit for the artist of being a very introspective oil.”
Mayberry believes Agarwood helps artists take their focus off of panic, and place it instead on creativity.
Agarwood would be a good oil for creatives on the verge of burnout.
5. Cocoon Yourself With Buddha Wood
Buddha wood is a delicious, sweet, nutty, relaxing, earthy oil from the Buddha shrub/tree of Australia where it’s still used today by indigenous people for its purported anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial wound healing properties.
“Chemically, Buddha wood is very close to agarwood, so those two oils blended together would be really heavenly.”
It’s another one that’s not cheap.
“But even a few drops of Buddha Wood in a diffuser or in a carrier oil in a roll-on perfume vial,” said Mayberry, “can make you feel like you’re in a warm little cocoon, totally protected from the outside world.”
3 Ways To Put Your Toolkit To Work
1. Cotton Ball
You could simply put a drop or two of one, or all the oils on a cotton ball you have placed on your desk or beside your bed.
Aroma Roll-Ons: Place a few drops of essential oil and carrier oil (like sweet almond or jojoba) in perfume vial with a roller ball top and glide blend over your wrists. This article will teach you the basics of making your first roll-on.
For the best possible therapeutic results Mayberry recommends you buy a plug-in diffuser and place a few drops of oil in diffuser’s water well and press go.
Mayberry turned me on to an affordable diffuser I love.
It can subtly scent an entire apartment, has a lifetime warranty and is now only around $20. I have had it for a year, no problems. Other $100-$200 diffusers I have purchased in past, clogged quickly and ended up as expensive clutter.
Where To Find Good Oils
Super cheap oils are often synthetic.
They can give you a splitting headache when diffused.
Here are three oil purveyors of quality oils to have a gander at stillpointaromatics.com, www.aromatics.com or originalswissaromatics.com.
Give True Aromatherapy a Try
For less money than I’d spend on a so-so bottle of wine a month, I’ve acquired a weirdly, fun, efficacious, creative, healthy hobby that has decreased my self-doubt and increased my creativity.
Maybe it can help you too.
If not, there’s always commercial real estate. 🙂
Aromatherapy Safety Warnings
Essential oils are often written off as nonsense but non-synthetic oils are the real deal and as such can be as dangerous as they are efficacious.
So never ingest oils. Don’t use oils if you are sensitive, pregnant, nursing, have epilepsy, asthma, health challenges or doubts, before consulting a doctor.
Kids and cats are sensitive to oils. Some sources say certain oils can give cats Upper Respiratory Infections and lead to liver problems. Other animals are sensitive to essential oils as well so keep an eye out for sneezing etc. in them as well.
Robert Tisserand wrote the bible on aromatherapy & safety. If you use oils daily on yourself or others pick up a copy of Essential Oil Safety.
If you are an artist or writer who already uses aromatherapy, please let us know in the comments section what oils work for you.
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