Essential Oils that Beat Winter Blues

It's been a cold and snowy winter here in Canada this year, and we still have a few months left to go until Spring.  A combination of factors contributes to what is known as "winter blues" or "seasonal depression"; the top factors being the weather, lack of sunshine, and flu season. 

The winter blues can leave you feeling depressed, sad, exhausted and lacking energy.  

Essential oils are a natural way you can combat the seasonal depression by helping you sustain energy, giving you peace, balance, joy and revitalizing your mood. 

With so many essential oils available on the market, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out which ones are best equipped to combat the depression that often accompanies winter.  Here we break down the top 5 essential oils to enhance your mood and well-being.

Top 5 Essential Oils to Combat Winter Blues


Bergamot has been used for years by Aromatherapists as a natural mood enhancer. The aroma of bergamot has a citrus quality that brings about happiness, reduces stress, and stimulates circulation.  Bergamot is the oil most often used when someone is feeling unhappy or sad. It is a great pick-me-up during winter.


Pink Grapefruit has amazing energizing properties that will wake up your mind and body, while fighting off exhaustion that comes with winter's lack of sunshine. 

Winter tends to make people feel tired and unmotivated.  This oil provides an excellent burst of energy.  Pink Grapefruit is energizing, uplifting and smells amazing.  


Ylang Ylang essential oil is a floral, sweet smelling oil that is derived from the Ylang Ylang tree commonly found in the rainforests of certain Asian and South Pacific Islands like Indonesia, Philippines, Java, Sumatra, Comoro, and Polynesia. 

It is often used as a mood booster that also helps to balance emotions and bring calm to the mind.  In addition to being an anti-depressant, it also contains properties that help with insomnia and lack of libido. 


Patchouli essential oil has been traditionally used to enhance the mood and reduce anxiety.  It uplifts the mood, instills feelings of hope and motivation, drives away disappointment, and relaxes tension in a large majority of people. By stimulating the release of pleasure hormones like serotonin and dopamine, feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, and sadness simply disappear.

The scent of Patchouli isn't for everyone.  If you are not fond of the scent, try blending it with other essential oils such as bergamot, cinnamon, lavender, or grapefruit.


Frankincense essential oil is a body, mind and spirit oil that acts to calm your mind and uplift your spirits, while at the same time increasing energy levels.  Many enjoy using this ground oil during yoga or meditation.

Another property of Frankincense oil you may want to consider is its ability to boost the immune system; useful during the crucial cold and flu season. 

To receive the most benefits, it is best to inhale the oils, so they can directly interact with your limbic system. Diffusers are a great way to inhale essential oils, as well as adding a few drops to bath salts. 

As always, ensure you are using quality essential oils purchased through a Certified Aromatherapist or Aromatologist.  If you are not purchasing high quality oils, you may not receive the full benefit.  If is always recommended that you speak to a doctor if you are pregnant, or using with children.

Serenity Aroma is run by Marian Grande, Certified Clinical Aromatologist with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists.  

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Marian Grande, CAP, IPHM

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