Essential Oils for Mood Management

Essential Oils for Mood Management

Using essential oils for mood management is a simple, easy and natural way to create feelings of ease and joy.

Smell is such an individual preference.

A smell that one person may love another may detest. Even if an oil is considered “uplifting”, if it makes you feel nauseated, then uplifting is the last thing you are going to feel!

And while the likability of a smell of an oil is an individual preference, how well it works for you may be individual as well. When I was doing my research on oils, repeatedly one point was made clear to me: an oil that may work for one person may not work for another or may even work the entirely opposite way!

For example, let’s look at sleeping. While lavender may be considered a useful oil because it has a sedative effect, it may have the opposite effect on some people – making them hyper and not able to sleep.

Our bodies are SO INDIVIDUAL; we have our own unique makeup and chemistry. Therefore, all I can offer here are some suggestions – based on what has worked for many people, but it is NOT a guarantee that you will get the same effect. Always, always go with what feels right for you. And, if you don’t like the smell, consider using it on your feet (further away from your nose), or swap it for another oil that you feel more comfortable with.

Because essential oils work on so many levels (physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually) and because we are all individualistic, this can mean different things to different people. While there are generally recommended oils for calming and distressing, I believe that any oil can work for stress relief if it sings to your heart. If you truly love the smell of melaleuca for example, then even though it is generally considered an oil for skin conditions and respiratory ailments, if it makes you feel good and lowers your stress levels, then use it!

Emotional Aromatherapy

Anything by Laura Jacobs is fascinating and educational. In this video, learn how aroma is linked to emotions.

Emotional Aromatherapy Training with Laura Jacobs

Mood Management Essential Oil Suggestions

Calming Blend

Contains: Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Vanilla Bean Extract.

This oil is great to consider if you don’t feel at peace and are fatigued, angry and impatient.

Invigorating Blend

Contains: Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine, Clementine and Vanilla Absolute.

If you are feeling unmotivated, discouraged with no passion and fatigue, this oil may help.

Joyful Blend

Contains: Lavandin, Tangerine, Elemi, Lemon Myrtle, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, Osmanthus and Sandalwood

This blend may help if you are feeling stressed with no passion, hopeless and withdrawn.

Grounding Blend

Contains: Spruce, Rosewood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Fractionated Coconut Oil

If you feel stressed and not at peace, tense and worried, consider this Grounding blend.

Also see my recommendations on oils for Grounding and Joy.

doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy Range

This range comes in two versions – the undiluted option – 5mls in each bottle. There is a kit option, or you can purchase them individually.

The other option, which is super convenient, is the Emotional Aromatherapy Touch kit range. This contains 10ml versions, already diluted in fractionated coconut oil, which is really handy. I adore the Passion Touch, which I use as my “purefume” (please don’t use synthetic hormone disrupting perfumes).

Motivate™ Encouraging Blend is a wonderful combination of several citrus and mint essential oils, including Yuzu, Clementine, and Peppermint. The resulting chemical profile is high in monoterpenes and monoterpene alcohols, which are known for their uplifting and toning properties.

Cheer™ Uplifting Blend is an invigorating mixture of citrus and spice essential oils. Featuring Wild Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Star Anise essential oils, the resulting chemical profile is rich in monoterpene and aldehydes, renowned for their uplifting and warming properties.

Passion™ Inspiring Blend balances spice and herbal essential oils. Combining Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Cardamom, Clove, and Damiana creates a chemical profile with high concentrations of phenols and ethers to provide warming and renewing benefits.

Forgive™ Renewing Blend mixes familiar tree and herb essential oils to create a diverse chemical profile with high concentrations of monoterpene esters and alcohols. Pure Thyme essential oil along with several tree oils produces a blend with renewing and toning properties.

Console™ Comforting Blend combines floral and tree essential oils. The combination of Rose absolute, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Sandalwood, and several other highly valued tree and flower essential oils creates a blend rich in both monoterpenes and sesquiterpene alcohols. The final product mirrors its chemical component composition, being highly grounding and renewing.

Peace™ Reassuring Blend is a fusion of floral and mint essential oils. The amalgamation of popular essential oils such as Lavender and Spearmint, along with the essence of some lesser-known plants such as Labdanum creates a chemical profile rich in monoterpene esters and alcohols for a renewing and toning experience.

Reference: doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy™ 

You can find out more information on each oil blend here.

Education Series – Emotional Aromatherapy Recording presented by Nicole Stevens.

There is a lot more information on Emotional Aromatherapy from doTERRA which you can find here.

Download the chemistry wheel from doTERRA or click here for more information.

doTERRA Empowered Life Series

doTERRA puts out training which they called their “Empowered Life Series”. I’ve put some links below to series that are relevant for mood management and self-care here.

Empowered Life Series: Mood and Emotional Health

Empowered Life Series: Mind Over Matter

Empowered Life Series: Women’s Health

Empowered Life Series: Personal Care


A nice way to consider using essential oils for stress is in a bath (if you like baths!) You get the benefit of the essential oil(s), on your skin as you bathe, but also get to inhale the oils into your lungs.

Run the bath fully before adding the oil.

Once tap has finished, add a mild oil like lavender and add with a carrier oil, or premix with Epsom Salts. Agitate with your hand.

When you leave the bath, the carrier oil and lavender will be on your skin.

Only use very mild oils like lavender otherwise very sensitive parts could sting!

doTERRA essential oils to try in the bath include:

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Clary Sage
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood / Hawaiian Sandalwood
doTERRA essential oils for the bath


Modern Essentials

Emotions & Essential Oils

Aromatherapy and Your Emotions – Shirley Price

dōTERRA Corp – YouTube channel

Aromatic Science for scientific publications

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