In this art experience we will be incorporating essential oils as a way to enhance your self-care while utilizing art.
The combination of art and essential oils can offer transformative support for ones emotional health.
The art created in this experience is to gain insight of what is happening in our inner world. Next, you are prompted to create what you project to the outer world. Art gives you a visual of your thoughts and feelings. There actually may be a conflict from your inner and outer worlds. This is a way to see if there is a congruency.
“Aromatherapy is an extremely powerful way to impact our emotional wellbeing. Our nasal passages are a direct pathway to the limbic system of the brain. This area is where the amygdala processes the body’s emotional responses. By simply inhaling the aromatic compounds of an essential oil is an effective way to calm the nervous system. It will reduce anxious feelings or uplifting your mood.” Kayla Helenske. If you would like to watch the interview click here.
Smells trigger emotions
In Kayla’s research she has found a close connection between smells and emotions. In everyday life scents trigger memories. The memories impact our moods and emotions.
Boost your mood with oils
Lavender, clary, sage, lemon and lime are an effective way to decrease sad and anxious feelings. The oils act on serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters helping to balance the brain chemistry.
Increase Insight and Worthiness: Inside/Outside Art
Gather supplies needed. If you would like to watch the video click here.
Pre-formed masks, lidded cardboard, journal OR wood container
Paint, brushes, hot glue, feathers, jewels, string, fabric, images, etc.
Add oils to your creation. A list of oils is below.
The outside of the mask/container is to portray how you show yourself to the world.
The inside is to represent your inner thoughts and feelings.
Once you have finished, take time to reflect on each side.
What areas of your life you desire to share with others?
What is holding you back from sharing your whole-self.
Is there a match to what you have on the inside verses what you are projecting to the world?
Essential Oils to wear or put in art:
Citrus, spices and florals are beneficial for supporting self-love and acceptance.
Oils to Diffuse:
Bergamot, Lemon, Vetiver, Grapefruit, Ginger, Jasmine, Grounding Blend, Metabolic Blend, Spearmint, Encouraging Blend, Invigorating Blend, Cassia
Essential Oil Blend:
Grapefruit, Peppermint, Bergamot, Siberian Fir, Ylang Ylang, and Clary Sage
Oils for the Chakras:
To strengthen a chakra choose one oil that coordinates with the chakra you want to balance.
Share your art
Show us what came up for you in the Creative Soul Online Retreat Group. If you would like more individual guidance you can schedule a session here.
I’m grateful you are investing in your self-care. As you heal yourself, you heal the world.