Ballooning In Thought: Essential Oils for the Speaking Mind

I was on my way to the thought pond to fish out a few ideas when I came across a balloon. You know, those balloons, called speech bubbles, that are a simple ink line encasing a sentence or two; a joke; a punchline; or a comment, that points to the responsible party. These balloons float about the minds of us all.

So there was this balloon, waiting for something to say – or waiting for some words to hold, pointing in the direction of the one whose words these would be. Since I’m walking within my own mind, I would be that potential speaker. 

If these words are never spoken, they become thoughts. Though in most comic scenarios thoughts are expressed by a cloud like image rather than the solid line surrounding those words verbally communicated. The mind, consciousness, is impregnated with these containers of thoughts, created through a journey of experience, memories, situations, relationships, circumstance and emotions. Quite often, depending on the impact of the creating situation, these thoughts are frequently verbally communicated, spoken, but heard only by the person whose mind these thought balloons float in.

We call it mind chatter, self-talk, voices in my head – and it is not proprietary to the insane. We all have it. It’s biology. Another evolutionary survival mechanism that has the potential to become a little skewed, or drive you completely bonkers.

Inner thoughts, all the self-help gurus talk about it, the real gurus do too. Quieting the chatter of the mind is the stuff of the great Eastern philosophies. And even with such a deep history of teaching us to be aware of our thoughts, in our quest to drive ourselves crazy and keep us from a happy life, we continue to maintain our monkey mind, as it is so eloquently referred to, and turn this into a self deprecating impression of ourselves through an orchestra of inner negative conversation. This isn’t good.


The balloon I mentioned earlier, still sitting empty, waiting for the alphabet to form a stroke of genius, a beautiful impression, an Ah-Ha moment or . . .


. . . tortuous contrary emotionally crippling negative chatter – which most certainly would be a day ruiner.

These comic book type balloons in our heads (assuming this is where all the thought action is actually taking place), the empty ones waiting to happen, are totally influenced by the history of our physical and emotional experience – balloons engulfed with thought  or, more accurately, memory. That’s the biological function; these ingrained memories would supposedly keep us from doing the same stupid thing twice and remind us of those experiences that are pleasurable or necessary to the body.


The challenge, whether you wish to accept it or not, is to be cognizant of how these thoughts control your reactive behavior and emotions. Or better, not to let them control your behavior. Yes, the message of the self-help gurus.


I began this worded journey looking for an idea, a way to share yet another way to use essential oils. It may suit my purpose to explain how I, and you, may influence the content of this thought bubble that’s sitting, waiting to happen, with essential oils. This is often called the spiritual, meditative, emotional or prayerful use of essential oils. Using essential oils to influence thought; manipulate the filling of ones speech bubble.


This use of essential oils is not new. It’s been in practice well before there were essential oils, when the aromatic plants were used as resins, incense and unguents. Still, this use of essential oils is subjective based on empirical evidence past down from the generations.


The so-called grounding essential oils are vital to most of these kind of formulations. If you think of thought in balloons, as I’ve done pretty much this whole writing, the analogy can see us being pulled, or floating away, by our thoughts, especially the negative ones. Positive, enjoyable thoughts can also have us floating away – though unless you have an important meeting, why not go for the ride?

The grounding oils include:

The spiritually based prayer and meditative oils are, well, repeat the above list and add

  • cinnamon and clove
  • cypress, fir, pine and spruce
  • rose


Then we can make adjustments to inspire more specific thought processes, like joy, positivity, inspiration and satisfaction. This would produce a very subjective list of oils that includes

  • the orange oils and neroli, lemon, lime and bergamot
  • ylang ylang, melissa and litsea cubeba
  • peppermint and spearmint
  • sage and  mugwort
  • Cape chamomile and Roman chamomile
  • the exotics and florals; jasmine, tuberose, osmanthus and  blue lotus

The list can continue and become a collection fine tuned to your personal mind chatter needs. Perfuming is the ideal way to create and use these oils for emotions, meditation, yoga, prayer and more.

As a sample try this:



Australian sandalwood

Litsea cubeba




  1. Sheryl Brown says:

    Dear Jimm,
    Your writing was very interesting to me. I recently mentioned to my husband, what I say to myself when things aren’t going well – “it’s okay” – “don’t give up” – “keep trying” – usually positive, encouraging things. I heard myself say these things to my children when they were little. Although I knew my husband was more pessimistic in his outlook, I didn’t realize that most people say disparaging things to themselves.
    Your “thought bubbles” brought back to me, a time about 15 years ago when I wanted to lose weight. I bought little “thought bubble” stickers and put them on photographs of myself, when I was thinner. Then I wrote things like, “You can look like this again!” “It’s only 15 #, come on, you can lose that weight!” and “Don’t you want to look like me again?” I put them all in a little photo album and encouraged my fat self with my thin self. My husband, of course, thought I was crazy, but it helped and I lost the weight!
    So thank you for your interesting ideas. I want to start making essential oils, but I’m not sure I want to go so far as to get a still. I may just do the vinegar thing or better yet, buy them! Thanks for your good thoughts! Sheryl B.