5 Natural Scents That Can Help Support Journaling



We receive so many blessings in our life; we have so many things to be grateful for. But, with everything that’s going on around us, we tend to take them for granted. What we don’t realize is that sometimes, it’s the little things that make our lives bigger. Every achievement, big or small, is worth noting and celebrating.


In fact, studies show that just being reminded of your victories can motivate you in focusing on your greater goals.[4] Therefore, it would help to have something that would memorialize every single thing you’ve done.


Indulge in experiences that elicit positive feelings just like journaling, a holistic habit of writing a personal record of one’s everyday life and thoughts. It’s been around for decades, and with the importance of self-care being emphasized, the number of people trying out this relaxing activity has seen a significant rise.


Benefits of Journaling

After all, the practice of journaling may bring calming, meaningful changes in you. This journey of reflection might be the one you need to discover more about yourself. Growing more comfortable in expressing yourself may develop your confidence.[5] Also, writing down what you're grateful for actually helps improve your quality of life, as presented in research done by Emmons and McCullough.[6] In line with this, relationships with other people may strengthen as zeroing in on the positive events has been scientifically proven to lift off the burdens weighing on one’s chest.[7]


The clear and serene mind you may sense from journaling would help with your work performance as well.[8] Results of a study have found that reflective writing aids in mental activities, such as memory retention, problem-solving and stress management.[9]


Inspiring happy memories may get easier with the help of natural, relaxing fragrances; evidence suggests that scents are closely tied to memory and emotions. Especially if you’re new to journaling, it would be a little difficult to start your reflection if the atmosphere is not set right. Aromatherapy can support your journaling, for it helps create a serene, comfortable ambiance to tap into your senses and thoughts.[10]




Try filling your room with pure aromatherapy oils that will boost your focus, mind clarity, and peace. Here are some calming essential oil scents that may guide you into delving deep into your inner thoughts.



Type of Scents that Support Journaling


Floral Scents

Relaxing essential oils with floral scents such as the rosy-sweet odour of Rose; the sweet herbaceous floral aroma of Lavender with its faint fresh overtones and mild woody undertones; the strong smooth floral sweet scent of Ylang-Ylang with its faint lemony undertones and the warm sweet aroma of Jasmine can sway you into a sense of calm and clarity. Their rich and sweet aroma will help soothe away all the heavy feelings in your chest to direct your focus into all the lovely memories that bring a smile to your face. [10][11][12][*3]


Citrus Scents

Breathe in the fresh and clean aroma of citrus essential oils as you fondly look back into your day and eagerly look forward to the future. Surround your home with an energizing atmosphere with a sweet, fruity, and citrusy aroma like Grapefruit, Bergamot, Tangerine, and Sweet Orange.[13]


Grounding Scents

Earthy essential oil such as the herbal, hay, powdery, and woody aroma of Clary Sage; the dry, warm, sweet, balsam, amber, and spicy scent of Myrrh; the warm, nutlike, woody scent of Cedarwood; the sweet woody balsamic and nutty aroma of Sandalwood and lastly the wood incense, spicy scent of Frankincense [*1] can ground you into a sense of peace and envelop you in a calming embrace similar to that of a mother’s arms, while a whiff of its spiciness may uplift your spirits and clear the mind.[14] As you dig deeper into your heart, you will possibly find it easier to express gratitude onto that piece of parchment that will now hold on to your memories for you.


Let our Frankincense Carterii essential oil fill your spirit with warmth during this journey of reflection



Minty Scents

When you’re stuck not knowing what to write, perhaps all you need is the right push that comes from the cool, refreshing, and sharp fragrances of Peppermint, Spearmint, and Eucalyptus essential oils. Then, you can ignite that inspiration and enthusiasm back. [15]


Warm Spicy Scents

Sometimes, a lot of distractions can get to your head, effectively clouding your judgment in sorting your priorities. Stimulate the mind, and center your attention to what is important through the help of warm spicy-hot, aromatic scents such as the mildly lemony odour with sweet, rooty, and sometimes balsamic undertones of Ginger and warming and stimulating aroma of Cinnamon essential oils.[16] [*2]


Here at Essence et Sérénité, we wish to help provide your home with a serene atmosphere where you can feel safe and comfortable expressing your thoughts in your journal through our natural aromatherapy oils. We invite you to experience our Coin Tranquille essential oil blend to envelop your home with a light and fresh sweetness born from the blend of Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, and Clary Sage. Center yourself as well with our Refuge Serein essential oil blend, which contains pure, light, calming gentle scents of Ylang-Ylang and Clary Sage as well as the citrus scent of Ruby Grapefruit, and the fresh, dry-woody, warm, and piquant scent of Black Pepper Essential Oil.


As prolific poet Ralph Waldo Emerson used to say, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” Every moment in your life counts; all your ups and downs are part of it and it’s best to cherish each of them for it lets you feel and live. Start immortalizing these events in your journal blanketed with a sense of peace and serenity flowing from the natural scents that help support it.


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  2. Peace, J.P (2019). Essential oils: A Comprehensive Handbook for Aromatic Therapy. Singing Dragon.

  3. Holmes, P. (2016). Aromatica Volume 1: A Clinical Guide to Essential oil Therapeutic, Principles and Profiles. Singing Dragon.

  4. https://link.springer.com/article/10.3758/s13415-019-00725-z

  5. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.463.6103&rep=rep1&type=pdf

  6. https://emmons.faculty.ucdavis.edu/gratitude-and-well-being/

  7. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0265407514546978

  8. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3102/00346543066001053

  9. https://www.apa.org/monitor/sep01/keepdiary.aspx

  10. https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jhealthres/article/view/85772

  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6007527/

  12. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25076278/

  13. https://www.aromaweb.com/essentialoils/citrusessentialoils.asp

  14. Rhind, J. P. (2013). Fragrance and Wellbeing: Plant Aromatics and Their Influence on the Psyche. Singing Dragon.

  15. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18041606/

  16. https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Cognitive-Enhancement-through-Stimulation-of-the-Zoladz-Raudenbush/99077e8eb8ffb81a041488721f3985f68d09b1f5


Posted March 1, 2022, in ESSENTIAL OILS by Essence et Sérénité


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