It’s all too common for us to feel down sometimes. Even if you are a generally happy person, feelings of depression can sneak into your life. Luckily, there are natural remedies that can have surprising effects on our mood and outlook when we are feeling low.

Essential oils stimulate areas of the brain when absorbed through our skin or inhaled. They can be used to lift us out of an emotional funk. Check out these six essential oils the next time your spirits are low.

1. Boost Contentment with Clary Sage

The name clary is derived from the Latin work clarus, which means “clear.”

Clary sage essential oil can clear your mind and promote a content mental state. It has been used for centuries to promote psychological wellness and can also ease tension and restlessness. It’s an excellent choice for when you need to clear away a dark mood and can uplift you when you feel down.

It blends nicely with oils like bergamot, cedarwood, frankincense, grapefruit, and lavender.

2. Ease Feelings of Worry with Bergamot

Bergamot essential oil is a powerful mood booster. Most of the citrus oils are famous for their ability to stimulate joy, but bergamot is a particularly useful mood booster.

Not only is bergamot known historically for its cheering effects, but scientific studies back up the long-held claims of its capabilities. A study on hospice patients showed that those who received weekly massages with a blend containing bergamot oil reported less depression and pain.

Another study focused on school teachers–who are known to undergo a lot of worry and stress. The teachers inhaled bergamot oil for as little as 10 minutes a week and experienced a reduction of heart rate and blood pressure and reported feeling less anxious.

3. Feel at Peace with Lavender

Sometimes feeling down can cause us to feel overwhelmed and stressed. We can’t always change our life circumstances when they are messy or out of control, but we can learn how to cultivate a sense of peace during the storm.

Lavender essential oil has the power to bring about a sense of peace and calm moments after you inhale. Not only does it smell fantastic, but it is also an incredibly versatile essential oil with endless practical uses, including sound sleep and promoting a sense of emotional ease.

One study showed that patients with depression saw improvement in their symptoms after receiving lavender tincture every day.

4. Stay Calm with Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang essential oil has a quirky name, but it boasts an incredible ability to fight the blues. Using ylang ylang can have an immediate positive effect on your outlook and mood. Studies show that it can help people let go of negative emotions like jealousy, anger, and low self-esteem.

Although ylang ylang is mildly sedative, its relaxing effects work to boost your confidence and self-love. It can help you stay calm in some of life’s toughest situations.


5. Promote Relaxation with Sandalwood

Sandalwood essential oil has a rich, earthy, woody fragrance and a history of promoting relaxation and relieving feelings of tension. It has been used for more than 4,000 years, making it one of the oldest known oils used for its inviting fragrance. It was also used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat mental disorders.

Sandalwood oil has a beautiful aroma and studies have shown that sandalwood can help ease the symptoms of anxiety. Sandalwood is unique in that it has been shown to increase alertness and wakefulness while simultaneously promoting relaxation. This increased pep can be the desired effect if you are feeling down emotionally.

6. Rest Easy with Vanilla

Most people find the sweet fragrance of vanilla appealing, but you might not know that it has a long history of being used for stress relief and relaxation. When we are feeling down, it can be hard to sleep sometimes. Vanilla can combat restlessness and promote a better night’s sleep.

When you use vanilla in your diffuser, your whole house will smell like fresh-baked cookies. Who could stay sad?

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Best Ways to Use Essential Oils for a Mood Lift

Diffusing essential oils is always a great way to experience their benefits. If you are feeling especially down, make sure to keep your diffuser close. If you don’t already have a portable diffuser or essential oil inhaler, consider getting one for when you are in your car or on the go.

A long relaxing bath or a professional massage are two ways you can be extra sweet to yourself when you are feeling down and are great opportunities to employ mood-boosting essential oils.

While essential oils can do wonders for our mood and mental health, they aren’t intended to treat severe mental health conditions or mood disorders.

Always be mindful of signals that something more serious is going on with yourself or a loved one. These include persistent moodiness, fatigue, loss of appetite, low self-esteem and an ongoing sense of hopelessness.

It’s common to feel down sometimes, but if these types of feelings last for more than a few weeks, it’s probably a good idea to seek professional help.

The next time you are feeling low, try a few of these essential oils and think about all the positive aspects of your life for which you can be grateful. Or get creative and develop your own mood-boosting blend. Better yet, call a friend or loved one and tell them about your favorite essential oil. Sometimes the human connection is all we need to feel a lot better.

Stacey Gavin

Stacey is a contributor at Peaceful Dumpling. She is a natural skin care advocate and blogger with a passion for living a natural and healthy lifestyle.