For combating stress to regaining focus, the answer is often to just take a deep breath. But, what if that breath had something a bit more than oxygen? The sense of smell is a powerful tool in setting your mood and channeling your energy. Essential oils, which are derived from plants and then distilled, can be used in simple, at-home, aromatherapy to enhance creativity, focus and even sensuality.

Oils for Focus

To boost clarity and put your brain make on track, look for scents that are crisp and refreshing.

  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Juniper
  • Sage
  • Eucalyptus

These oils are perfect for stimulating mental activity when fatigue and forgetfulness set in. Use them individually, or create a custom blend by merging a few drops of your favorites.

Oils for Creativity

When your artistic, literary or culinary pursuits are blocked, these oils can amp up your inspiration and fuel your creative process.

  • Neroli
  • Lemon
  • Jasmine
  • Rose
  • Bergamot
  • Frankincense

It’s not only artists that can benefit from these creativity-enhancing oils. They are also helpful for the self-expression of emotions.

Oils for Sensuality

Whether you want to wake up a lagging libido or put more spark in your everyday life, these oils can enhance your sense of sensuality.

  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Patchouli
  • Orange
  • Ginger

While these intense scents can heighten romance and desire, a greater feeling of sensuality can also keep mental energy flowing, enhance passion for life and inspire creativity.

How to use essential oils in aromatherapy

Aromatherapy might sound complicated, but it really can be as easy as breathing in fragrance of the beneficial oil. By far, the simplest method of doing this is open the bottle and take a deep whiff. This will immediately flood your senses and you should start to experience the benefit right away. However, for a more sustained approach, look for a way to fill the air with the desired scent.

To fill the entire home with the fragrance of an essential oil, fill a small pot with water and add five to ten drops of oil. Heat the mixture on the stove until it starts to steam, filling the air with the desired scent.

You may also use a candle diffuser, which features a small bowl hovering over a candle. Just place a few drops of oil in the bowl and light the candle. This will scent the air in a smaller area than the hot water method.