Seasonal Affective Disorder – Use Uplifting Citrus Essential Oils!

We continue the “JOY” in January Blogging Event of the Natural Perfumers Guild, Suppliers and Associates to discuss uplifting scents and products to help those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

Citrus essential oils are considered energizing aromas that lift the spirits by opening the heart and communications while easing stress and tensions.  Did you know in a study using lemon oil in offices, there was a decline in clerical errors of 53%?  Citrus oils help to create balance and harmony in blends, but lemon and grapefruit are also utilized for their detoxifying properties.  Mandarin is used for its gentle properties for children, the elderly and pregnant women.  Citrus oils have a rejuvenating effect on the skin and they are used in many skin, bath and hair care preparations.  Citrus oils are also natural antiseptics, making them ideal for cleaning in the home.

Hello Sunshine
(An energizing and refreshing morning synergy for the shower or use as a diffuser blend)

■  8 drops Lemon   5 drops Lime   8 drops Grapefruit-Pink or Mandarin-Red  and
  8 drops  Rosemary .

Mix essential oils and add to amber bottle.
Add 3-4 drops of above synergy to floor of a warm shower.  Breathe in deeply.
You can also add 8-12 drops of this synergy into your diffuser before work.

Lemon –  Energizing, clean & lively scent dispels sluggishness and lack of humor;
Lime – Refreshing and uplifting to a tired mind; revitalizing for depression;
Grapefruit Uplifting, balancing to the emotions, brightening up dark depressive moods, promotes confidence.
Mandarin-RedStrengthening, inspiring, and soothes frayed nerves.
Rosemary Although not a citrus oil, used in this recipe to compliment the citrus oils.  It’s stimulating, uplifting, revitalizing, and aids concentration.

The topical use of citrus oils needs to be used with caution regarding the sun and tanning beds.  Do not apply directly on the skin before going out into the sun or using a tanning bed as it can cause a severe sunburn.  I can’t stress enough about reading and checking out the properties of any essential oil you are going to use.  This is where knowing whether it is an expressed or distilled oil would be beneficial, but I still think it is better to be safe and not use them before venturing out for an all day marathon at the beach or tanning salon.

Here’s an interesting study using Bergamot essential oil to diminish stress in the workplace:

I just could not resist adding this comment from my sister-in-law, who is also an elementary school teacher, after she read the above research:

“Sounds great!!!!  We need it in giant salt-lick form!!!!!!
We could set up stations in the teacher’s lounge, the cafeteria, and the ladies room!!!!!

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Tuesday – January 17th – The Arlys Naturals – Aromatherapy Contessa prize give-away is:  One Red Travel Pocket Diffuser and 4 ml. of Revive Synergy.

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Be sure to visit the links below for more uplifting information on the power of scent and free give-aways:

For further reading on Seasonal Affective Disorder, click on these links:


About Aromatherapy Contessa

I love creating aromatic blends with essential oils whether for my Arlys Naturals product lines, for fun, or for customer special orders. I'm just drawn into the veil of mystery that nature has provided through these living plants, not just in their aromatic properties, but also their natural healing properties.
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18 Responses to Seasonal Affective Disorder – Use Uplifting Citrus Essential Oils!

  1. einsof says:

    oooo! rosemary and citrus! such a classic blend both aroma therapeutically and as in colognes! uplifting/fresh. great link on bergamot- i have always referred to bergamot as “sunshine bottled.”

  2. nekosan says:

    I used to live in an apartment with a tiny garden. I planted rosemary and lavender in it (along with a few other things – a rose bush and basil, I think). I would take my indoor cat our for a walk in it, and she would wander back and forth through the rosemary and lavender, and come in smelling so nice. 🙂

  3. nancy says:

    Thanks so much for the great tips on SAD and the citrus oils!
    I’m taking the article to school this morning!

  4. Hemla S. says:

    I wish work places really would use all these wonderful small things that can make their workers feel so much better, and work better too.
    although, just leting more fresh air into offices is a nice and small way to start, also, sorely neede 🙂
    thank you for this information
    I love Mandarins, me and my 10 month old daughter have been eating a ton of them these past weeks

  5. Hello Contessa,
    I definitely follow you on using citrus as uplifters.
    I am very interested in your sister in law comment.
    Did she try the blend yet? Any reaction from the students?
    Or anything else you’ve tried in a classroom. I’d love to know more about this. My own experiences did not bring me very far yet.
    Thanks for sharing

    • Thank you for your comments. One of the oils to use first to get the attention focused on aroma is Peppermint or Spearmint, then add the other oils. Scent is a memory so it may take a few times to get feedback on the scents.

  6. Sandi L says:

    Another great read! Thanks for sharing;)

  7. johngreenink says:

    Thank you for this blog post… I was going though some of the natural perfume blogs for the SAD project, and I realized how often I think of lime and the other citruses when I want to clear the cobwebs out of my head – the study you site completely backs this up, so there’s definitely SOMETHING to be said about these properties. I like the idea of being more pro-active about this, though – sometimes I’ve put some lavender essential oil on a pillow to help with sleep, but why not wake up with the scent of lime and grapefruit? Great post, thanks again.

  8. Sujaan says:

    Just reading about these uplifting scents every day is already helping my S.A.D! Thank you again for this draw. This combo sounds amazing!

  9. Amy H. says:

    Thank you for sharing these uplifting essential oil blends!

    Amy H. in Philadelphia

  10. Michael S says:

    Thank you for another great suggestion and for the cautionary information on the citrus oils!

    Michael S

  11. Zlaty says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful citrus Rosemary blend! I think it will definitely brighten the cold winter days.

  12. Great blog and an interesting study on Lemon in the office. Enjoyed reading that. I also like your Citrus/Rosemary blend. Sounds fabulous!

  13. Py says:

    Fascinating fact about lemon oil and office error rates 🙂

  14. Robin Cooley says:

    So great to find a natural/healthy help for SAD!
    Robin C
    Santa Cruz, CA

  15. Citrus has been a part of my smell lexicon ever since I can remember – from my Mom cooking with fresh lemons and lemon oil in my childhood, to my mixing my own natural lemon counter cleanser (mine didn’t clean very well, but it smelled great ; ] )

    Lemons have helped me with my SAD for years – in both the strongish SAD I experienced when I lived in the U.S. east coast, and with the milder form I experience living in California (surrounded by lemon trees, which help.)

    The bergamot-workplace study was fascinating – thank you. (I’ve been spraying both lavender and citrus in my office for as long as I’ve been able to have my own office – and it’s been such a blissful help…)

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