By Katrina Scampini, Certified Aromatherapist
There’s never a wrong time to pick up a pen, open a journal, and start to write. Regularly journaling has shown long-term positive side effects, such as a reduction in anxiety and an increase in gratitude and positive thinking [1,2]. Those are some pretty great psychological effects we can all benefit from, so why don’t we all journal like it’s going out of style?
Because picking up a new habit and sticking with it is hard. That’s why.
How many times have you bought or been gifted a gorgeous journal, just to write in it a few times before letting it collect dust on your dresser? It takes a good amount of time management, energy, and desire to really sit with your journal and reflect on your thoughts deeply enough to transform them into words on paper.
If you’re serious about adding journaling into your life, there are so many ways essential oils can support you. They can help pick up your energy, encourage introspection, and invite positive, productive thoughts! Here we’ll take a look at 5 great oils to consider. But keep in mind that there are hundreds to choose from — each with their own unique mind and body benefits that can support you with whatever journaling goals you may have.
Carteri, Serrata, or Frereana — it doesn’t matter. Whichever Frankincense is your favorite can be the one you use to get in the mood to write. Each variety is prized for aiding in meditation because it is so grounding and calming. It’s great to inhale alone or blend with Sandalwood, Cypress, or Patchouli.
The earthy, fruity, and floral aroma of Clary Sage is balancing and calming, which makes it perfect when emotions are a bit too wild to sit down and journal. Add it to your diffuser to help set a calming atmosphere in your room, or add 3 drops to a teaspoon of carrier oil and rub in your palms and on your wrist to enjoy the aroma.
When emotional issues are preoccupying your thoughts too much to devote some time to writing, Blue Cypress can help. It is felt to be calming and soothing to a restless spirit, helping to settle you down so you can pull out that journal and start writing! Its smoky, spicy, and woody scents can be balanced by the sweet brightness of floral oils, like Rose, Ylang Ylang, and Jasmine.
We have a few choices when it comes to Rose, but all are wonderful to help soothe emotions and help establish a feeling of calm and relaxation. The amazing rich floral scent is reminiscent of taking a stroll through a field of blooming roses; can you even imagine a more serene place for your mind to be during your journaling? It’s a great oil to get your mind in the right place to genuinely reflect on your thoughts.
This bright citrus oil is great if you need a little boost of energy to get you going. For anyone wanting to commit to their journal while they drink their morning coffee or tea, diffuse Kumquat to brighten and uplift your senses. It can help give you that motivating pick-me-up you need to stick with your goals and blends wonderfully with grounding essential oils, like Frankincense, Patchouli, and Vetiver.
Aromatherapy for Journaling DIY
What you’ll need:
- 1 drop of Meditation Blend
- 1 tissue
What you’ll do:
Add one drop of Meditation to a single tissue. Wave the tissue briefly to help air it out. Fold the tissue and use as a placeholder in your journal.
 Niles, A. N., Haltom, K. E., Mulvenna, C. M., Lieberman, M. D., & Stanton, A. L. (2013). Randomized controlled trial of expressive writing for psychological and physical health: the moderating role of emotional expressivity. Anxiety, stress, and coping, 27(1), 1-17.
 Sansone, R. A., & Sansone, L. A. (2010). Gratitude and well being: the benefits of appreciation. Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township)), 7(11), 18-22.