14 Uplifting Essential Oils + 6 Blend Recipes

Outside my windows, the leaves are beginning to change colors – adding bright orange and yellow to the edges of all the green. There’s no denying the beauty of fall, yet it often brings a feeling of sadness and dread. After all, winter is coming. When these feelings surface, I like to turn to uplifting essential oils for the mood boost I desperately need.

Whether you need to beat the end of summer blues, counteract seasonal depression, or just brighten your mood, these 14 uplifting essential oils can help. Includes 6 blend recipes so you can discover your favorite.

Whether you need to beat the end of summer blues, counteract seasonal depression, or just brighten your mood, these 14 uplifting essential oils can help. Includes 6 blend recipes so you can discover your favorite.

Whether you need to beat the end of summer blues, counteract seasonal depression, or just brighten your mood, these 14 uplifting essential oils can help. Includes 6 blend recipes so you can discover your favorite.

Whether you need to beat the end of summer blues, counteract seasonal depression, or just brighten your mood, these 14 uplifting essential oils can help. Includes 6 blend recipes so you can discover your favorite.

Did you know that your sense of smell is directly connected to your mood and emotions? The olfactory nerve runs from the top of the nose to the limbic system in the brain. This limbic system is the portion of the brain responsible for our emotions, motivations, and feelings of fear or pleasure.

Uplifting Essential Oils

Each whiff of an essential oil almost instantly touches our current mood and emotional state. Whether you need to beat the end of summer blues, counteract seasonal depression, or just brighten your mood, these essential oils can help.

Bergamot may be the most frequently used essential oil for depression. Made from the peels of bitter orange, it gently uplifts the spirit and improves outlook and mood.

Chamomile essential oil is especially helpful if one is outwardly moody and irritable. Both Roman and German Chamomile have the same beneficial effects.

Clary Sage helps by clearing the mind and bringing a sense of contentment.

Creeping Hyssop has a reputation for being able to help people “lighten up,” a very beneficial quality when it comes to the change-of-season blues. This essential oil is also helpful for nervous depression.

Frankincense is one of my favorite essential oils. It’s such a grounded, mellow fragrance, never overpowering. Along with lifting depression, frankincense can strengthen the immune system, an important quality with the approach of winter.

Lavender, well known and loved for its gentle floral fragrance, is a balancing essential oil. This means that it will either calm or stimulate the nerves, depending on the individual person’s unique needs.

Lemon, along with the other citrus essential oils, is a cheerful and stimulating scent. I’ve been known to carry around a cut lemon in my pocket when I needed frequent pick-me-ups.

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Lemon Verbena is both calming and uplifting with a light citrus scent.

Melissa (lemon balm) has amazing relaxing and sedative effects. Even in very low concentrations, this mildly citrus EO helps to calm and balance mood and – as a bonus – it can relieve insomnia and ease headaches too.

Rose, that classic and beautiful scent, works especially well for people who have a lack of enthusiasm and interest in everyday life.

Ylang-ylang comes from an exotic tropical flower and has a powerfully pleasing floral fragrance. It will calm the nervous system, which can help counteract the negative feelings related to the changing seasons. Like melissa, ylang-ylang is best used in low concentrations.

A few other mood balancing essential oils include:


Mood Boosting Essential Oil Blends

I’ve created six uplifting essential oil blends for you to try. Take a look at the descriptions above and pick which blend you think will work best for you. (Of course, you can always try putting together your own blend as well!)

Uplifting EO Blend #1

  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 1 drop Basil

Floral with a mild hint of grounding herbs.

Uplifting EO Blend #2

  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 1 drop Melissa
  • 1 drop Roman Chamomile

Floral with a touch of grounding Frankincense and lightly citrus Melissa.

Uplifting EO Blend #3

  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 drop Ylang-ylang

Grounding and earthy with a low floral note. (Be careful not to add too much ylang-ylang! It can get overpowering.)

Uplifting EO Blend #4

  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • 2 drops Creeping Hyssop
  • 2 drops Grapefruit

Herbaceous and citrus-y, a lovely & uplifting fragrance.

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Uplifting EO Blend #5

  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Lemon
  • 1 drop Ylang-ylang

A blend of florals with a touch of citrus.

Uplifting EO Blend #6

  • 2 drops Rose
  • 2 drop Sandalwood
  • 1 drop Clary Sage
  • 1 drop Roman Chamomile

A light floral with earthy notes of sandalwood.


More Uplifting Essential Oil Blends

If you aren’t quite ready to try putting together your own essential oils, try one of these pre-made blends for lifting mood and finding happiness in all seasons. Both are made by Eden’s Garden.

Uplift (includes Bergamot, Lemon, Melissa, Orange, Peppermint, Tangerine, and Ylang-ylang)

Joy (includes Sweet Orange, Lemon, Tangerine, Lime, Lavender, Litsea, Damiana, Jasmine, and Vanilla)

Bliss (includes Anise Star, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Lemon Myrtle, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Wild Orange, and Zdravetz)

With all these essential oils that lift mood, I hope and pray you’re able to enjoy this fall and winter to the fullest! Drop me a line anytime to tell me how you’re doing.


Sources

Bailey, Regina. “Limbic System: Amygdala, Hypothalamus, Thalamus.” ThoughtCo., 28 June 2017.

Peterson, Dorene. “Anxious or Feeling Down: Can Essential Oils Help?” ACHS Blog, American College of Healthcare Sciences, 28 January 2017.

Proano-Carrion, Cristina. “Essential Oils to Uplift the Spirit.” Aromatherapy Blog, 27 October 2010.

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Ph.D. Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy. Healing Arts Press, 1998.


This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is intended only for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure disease. Always consult a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your healthcare routine.

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