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Gratitude Journaling With Essential Oils

In today’s fast-paced world, the practice of gratitude journaling has become a cherished and sacred ritual for many. Not only does it encourage us to reflect on the good, but...

In today’s fast-paced world, the practice of gratitude journaling has become a cherished and sacred ritual for many. Not only does it encourage us to reflect on the good, but it also requires us to slow down and connect to the present moment – which has been proven to have profound benefits on our well being.

What if we could elevate this experience even further by engaging our sense of smell? Imagine pairing the power of soothing scents with your inner reflections for a multisensory experience. In this blog, we'll explore the transformative world of essential oils and how incorporating them into your gratitude journaling practice can enhance the depth and richness of your reflections.

The Art of Gratitude Journaling

Taking the time to sit down and deeply tap into what you are grateful for in your life is such a powerful practice. Many studies show that this simple act of expressing gratitude can majorly improve your mental well-being. Focusing on what’s abundant in our lives vs. what’s lacking gives way to shifting our outlook and cultivating inner peace. Try listing out things you are really grateful for before bed or first thing in the morning, and watch your world change.

The Aromatherapy Connection

Essential oils have the power to evoke emotions and enhance mood through the connection between olfactory stimuli and the limbic system AKA the brain’s emotional center. When you inhale a scent, odor molecules bind to receptors in the nasal cavity and this information is then transmitted to and further processed in the brain. Essential oils can also influence neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which are key players in regulating mood.

Finding the Right Scent

Choosing the right essential oil scent to pair with your journaling practice may take some experimenting. Lavender essential oil will bring an extra sense of peace and relaxation into your journaling practice, whereas Frankincense’s woody and earthy aroma can help center your thoughts and ground you – making it an excellent choice for fostering a sense of gratitude and introspection. Bergamot can help uplift your mood and eucalyptus helps to bring clarity, which is often welcomed when going inward. There are a myriad of scents to help you tap into mindfulness and after you experiment with different combinations, you’ll find the scents that resonate most with your gratitude practice. 

Integrating Essential Oils Into Your Journaling Routine

Now you may be wondering, how do I actually use these oils in my journaling routine? You can seamlessly incorporate essential oils in a number of ways. 

  • Diffusing: Add your chosen scent to an ultrasonic diffuser which will disperse the oil into the room in the form of a fine mist. 

  • Roller Blend: Combine your favorite essential oil with a carrier oil into a roller ball to glide across your neck, temples or wrists.

  • Simply Inhaling: Take a few thoughtful whiffs from the essential oil bottle for quick and effective aromatherapy.

No matter which method you choose, take a moment to inhale deeply and mindfully before your writing session. Allow the scent of the essential oils to fill your senses, focusing on the connection between the aroma and your intentions for the journaling.

We deeply encourage you to explore the world of self-discovery alongside aromatherapy to fully understand just how powerful they are together. Experiment what feels best for you and build a sacred personalized routine. 


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