Aromatherapy for inspiration and quiet times.
I love to spend time reflecting on the year, and dreaming and planning for the future. It’s so important to give ourselves space for this—to take a few steps back and slow down, especially if we’re usually “going, going, going,” as so many people’s busy schedules ask them to do.
So I want to share a few ways we can give ourselves this quiet time, open ourselves to peace and inspiration, and feel uplifted.
Journaling and meditating are great practices. I like to schedule my journaling for the morning, so I’m sure to have this time for myself before the day’s events pick up. I wake up, light some incense, and settle in for fifteen minutes of reflective journaling. It's a great way to use Aromatherapy for inspiration.
If you prefer to diffuse essential oils rather than light incense, here’s a diffuser blend that can help you get into the right state of mind:
Dream and Plan Diffuser Blend
- 4 drops Clary Sage (Salvia sclerea)
- 3 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
- 3 drops Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica)
A lot of people schedule reflection time at the end of the day, too—it’s a good way to come down and relax. I like to use different oils at the end of the day than at the beginning. Resin oils and florals are just right! You can diffuse them, or use them in a bath salt blend (like the one below). Warm baths can really encourage your mind and body to let go. (This is enough for one bath. If you want to make more to have on hand, I recommend making a fresh batch every few weeks.)
Reflect and Relax Bath Salts
- 2 oz (56 gm) Himalayan salt
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) castile soap
- 1 drop Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
- 2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 3 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
If you want to get a little creative and use Aromatherapy for inspiration...
I’ve listed some oils you can use in your own recipes and blends (just to get your creative juices flowing!):
- Geranium (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)
- Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
- Orange (Citrus sinensis)
- Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
- Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
- Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
- Siberian Fir (Abies Siberica)
- Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
- Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
Closing out one year always means preparing for the next, so these blends are just right for endings, beginnings, and transformation. Have fun with them!