Art Therapy: The Essentials

Have you ever considered using essential oils in your studio?

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to stimulate healing and promote a sense of well-being and calm. The reason aromatherapy is so effective is that the olfactory nerve, the “smell” nerve, is connected directly from the nose to the brain and is the shortest of the cranial nerves. This means that scent has an immediate connection with the brain and is capable of quickly triggering emotion and memories. Scents can transport you to another place and another time,

(from an article by Alison Boots at:

And another article…(by Deanna Joseph from the site

Aromatherapy is the art of using the essential oils of plants to heal both the body and spirit. There are many benefits of using aromatherapy; they not only help facilitate healing in our physical bodies, but they also ease emotional hurts in our mind and spirit.

I have found over the years that essential oils can be especially beneficial for the creative soul. Many times creative people will feel blocked due to a difficult work environment, or because of pressure at home. Too many of us look at creativity as a luxury, or at the very least, a pleasant diversion, when in fact, creativity needs to be nurtured for our lives to actually work well for us. When we aren’t allowed to be creative, it becomes much more difficult for us to deal with stress!

Essential oils can be used for just about anything. I’ll go over the best ones for creativity and inspiration here!

Though not one of my top ten favorite smelling oils, it is very powerful when it comes to dealing with things like work upset, stress, anger and grief. This is also a great oil for those who tend to be empathic.

I love this one when I feel like I need motivation. Sometimes I have days where I just want to flop in front of the TV, and the cinnamon gets me moving again.

One of my favorites. This spicy oil protects us from absorbing the negative emotions of those around us. I also like using it on my kids when they are worried about nightmares.

The all around perfect oil! It’s great for mood, and especially great for relaxation – though be careful to use this in moderation. Also yummy when mixed with the Cedarwood.

This is one of my all time favorites! Not only can it help with headaches but it clears the mind and refreshes the spirit. I frequently use peppermint when I’m writing and have found it to be very helpful.

Another fabulous one for inspiring creativity! This is a mood lifter that clears the head and allows one to think. I like to use it with the peppermint.

This oil promotes a sense of ease and inner peace and confidence. When I feel like I need a bit of encouragement, this is one of my favorites.

Another oil of emotional support – I like to mix this with sandalwood. It seems to give me that extra little feeling of “YES I CAN DO IT!”

Texas Cedarwood
A favorite for grounding when I feel scattered. I like to use this when I feel that I have too many ideas, and can’t focus on one thing in particular.

Ylang Ylang
I like this for those times when I want to relax with something creative – like reading or coloring or painting.

When using essential oils, it’s a good idea to first put a bit of olive or vegetable oil in the palm of your hand (the size of a teaspoon) then add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils. You also probably want to test for an allergy first – and you can do this by trying a bit of the mix on a tiny area of skin. Some people can tolerate putting the essential oil straight on the skin – but be aware that it can possibly cause a rash or tenderness on the area. Though I’ve never had this trouble in the many years I’ve been using them. Just to be safe, always check with your health care professional before using essential oils.

Essential oils are fairly inexpensive, but their benefits are priceless. They promote relaxation and support a creative and inspirational flow of energy. I wouldn’t want to be without them!

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