MMMM…. That smells good.  Does that ever happen to you?  You walk somewhere and you are hit by a wonderful aroma. That smell automatically makes you feel good.  Incorporating aromatherapy into our daily routine can help us relax and manage our mood. 

The aroma of these 5 uplifting essential oils can improve the mood and atmosphere around your home.  Everyone perceives smells a little differently, but if you want to feel “uplifted”, the following five essential oils have been proven to be very popular to help you feel good.

  • Clary Sage
  • Bergamot
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon

What is Clary Sage essential oil?

Clary Sage essential oil (Salvia sclarea) is a bushy, three-foot high perennial herb that has long been praised as a medicinal plant throughout history.  If you purchase a good clary sage, it should have a powerful aroma that is sweet and floral, nutty and herbaceous.  Clary sage essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops and leaves.  It was used as an ancient remedy for blurry eyes.  Clary sage was used in mid-evil times to give one “clear vision” because it was said it could “lift the veil” when seeking the truth.  Many still use it while meditating. 

For many people, clary sage has a calming effect and can increase alertness.  Diffuse this essential oil during times of stress or sadness.  To deepen the intensity and to get a more intoxicating aroma, some people will mix it with absolute jasmine. 

What is Bergamot essential oil?

Bergmot is a citrus fruit that has an aroma that is fresh, lemony, and citrusy with a slight floral note that smells similar to orange.  Usually the rind is used for extracting the essential oil.  Although it is mainly a tropical plant, it can also be found throughout Europe. 

There are many who swear on the properites of bergamot being able to help with depression and anger, but like many essential oils, there are very few studies in this area.  But in one particular study published in 2011, it was found that bergamot generated feelings of freshness, joy and a sense of happiness.  Hospitals will sometimes use this essential oil in waiting rooms in order to improve positive feelings.

Bergamot is great to use during the winter because its aroma can transport you back into summer time.

What is Grapefruit essential oil?

Like many citrus based essential oils, grapefruit is a wonderful stress fighter with its ability to uplift our mood.  The aroma is clean and fresh with a touch of bitterness.  Because of its fresh smell, grapefruit is used in many cleaning and beauty products.  Grapefruit is a potent essential oil extracted from the citrus paradisi grapefruit plant.

Pink grapefruit essential oil is pressed from the peel.  The aroma helps to promote a feeling of “lightness of spirit” and adds a little sparkle when you are feeling mentally fatigued.  If you need to have a feeling of peace and relaxation, this is an excellent essential oil to uplift your spirits.

What is Lavender essential oil?

Lavender is one of the most used essential oils.  Believe it or not, lavender is part of the mint family of plants. Besides having a pleasant fresh flowery type of smell, lavender is a gentle oil. There are a variety of species, each have its own unique aroma. Lavender oil is extracted through steam distillation.  If you like the smell of fresh flowers in your home, then this is the oil for you.

Lavender is relaxing and calming and has the ability to instantly get you out of your funk.  Many studies have been conducted on the positive effects of lavender essential oil.  Lavender is great for stress relief, anxiety reduction, mood improvements, and depression.  Be aware though, because lavender is so popular, there are cheap lavender oils out there that smell like lavender, but do not have the same properties of lavender. You can find many blends out there to help reduce anger, and many of them include lavender. 

What is Lemon essential oil?

Lemon essential oil is one of the lightest fragrances used in aromatherapy.  It has a refreshing and revitalizing effect that is hard to beat.  The fruit grows on a small evergreen tree that reaches a height of between 9 and 19 feet high.  A single lemon tree can produce up to 1,500 lemons a year.  The essential oil is usually extracted through cold expression in order to preserve all the aromatic goodness that the fruit possesses. The skins are punctured and the essential oil is pressed out.  The juice that is pressed out is then removed through a different process.

The bright uplifting aroma of lemon reminds many of spring.  Because of its pure uplifting aroma, lemon is used in many household cleaning products.  It is one of the most popular essential oils for aromatherapy.


Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only.  For possible treatments of physical or mental diseases, please seek a trained and licensed health professional.  Enchanted Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse affects resulting from the use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from following historical uses of essential oils.