10 wonderfully energising morning diffuser blends (ditch the coffee & wake up naturally!)

By Alison Angold | Qualified Aromatherapist

Do you struggle to wake up and get going in the morning? Do you long to wake up more easily in the morning and have more energy from the get-go?! Are you relying heavily on coffee – or other stimulants – to start your day?!

If you have answered any of these questions then it may be time to give some essential oils a go, to get you started in the morning.

We are going to look at some energising morning diffuser blends to use – from the minute you wake up – to ease into your day, more refreshed, energised, and focused.

Many different oils can help you energise and wake up in the morning, and studies have shown that citrus oils, particularly have a positive effect on the body and mind. My favourite oils in my morning diffuser blends and the most effective oils are;

  • Orange
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Clary sage
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
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The best energising morning diffuser blends

Any of the oils we have listed above can be used to create your diffuser blend in the morning, but these blends go particularly well together and give you the desired effect.

Morning diffuser blends

Brain activation & stimulation – get your mind in order and focus right from the get-go!

Rosemary, Bergamot & Lemon

Clear that brain fog – ideal if you wake up with a fuzzy head!

Peppermint, Lemon & Lavender

Invigorate and positivity – start the day fully charged and happy!

Orange, Juniper & Grapefruit

Refresh and focus the mind – ideal for a busy day ahead.

Basil, Lemon & Orange

Anti-stress, well-being & uplift – a perfect blend if stress or anxiety is preventing you from getting going in the morning.

Clary sage, Petitgrain & Orange

Lethargy & tiredness – zing into the day with this citrus and spice blend!

Ginger, Orange & Grapefruit

Alert & awake

Ginger, Lemon & Lime

Warming focus – this blend gives a warming note, alongside the refreshing citrus. Frankincense is good for focus.

Orange, Grapefruit & Frankincense

Warm & spicy – An alternative to the purely citrus oils, this warming blend adds a spicy note.

Juniper, Ginger & Lemon

Well-being & vigour

Clary sage, Ginger & Grapefruit

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Each essential oil has a variety of therapeutic actions, which means the beneficial effects that it can have on the body and mind. The properties and effects we want essential oils for the morning to do are;

  • Balancing – creates balance in emotions
  • Cephalic – clears and focuses the mind
  • Refreshing – has a generally refreshing effect on the body and mind
  • Stimulating – stimulates a particular system or the whole body
  • Tonic – invigorates and gives strength to the body
  • Uplifting – helps positive thinking and lifts the mood and emotions
  • Anti-depressant – helps lifts the symptoms of depression


A diffuser on a table with bottles of essential oils in front of it.


How to use essential oils for the morning


So, we have discussed using a diffuser for your essential oil blends for the morning, but if you have trouble waking up and getting going in the morning, you need to try and get the diffuser going early on.

I suggest keeping the diffuser next to your bed – on your bedside table – and adding in your chosen oils the night before. This ensures that everything is ready for the morning. So, just as you switch off your alarm, reach out and switch on your diffuser.

Then as you lie in bed, wake up, and eventually get up, the aromas are already filling your room, allowing you to benefit from them early on. Keep the diffuser on as you get washed, dressed, and clean your teeth – whatever your morning routine consists of – but just remember to switch it off when you leave.

Rollerball blend

If you simply don’t have the time to benefit from a diffuser, or you want to keep that awake feeling as you go about your day, then carry a rollerball bottle with y

ou. These are ideal to keep in your handbag or your pocket, to give you a boost of energy, and clear and refresh your mind. Use any of the blends given above, with the following recipe;

  • 10ml amber rollerball bottle
  • 9ml sweet almond oil
  • 8 drops of essential oil (in total)

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Shower spray

Another great way to use essential oils in the morning is to create a shower spray. This is a really simple way to benefit from the ‘wake-up’ properties of the oils. Simply blend your chosen oils with water and a little witch hazel, and use to spray around the shower before you get in. When you turn on the shower the aromas of the oils will be released and fill your bathroom.

Get the full shower spray recipes here.

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The best essential oils to use in the morning

Let’s look at each oil in more detail, so you can see the wonderful effects they can have.


If I had to pick one essential oil to use in your morning diffuser blend it would be orange! A perfect essential oil to use in the morning, as it is uplifting, stimulating, and an anti-depressant. Orange promotes a positive outlook, refreshes the mind, and relieves a low mood or depression. The ideal base for any morning diffuser blend.


Another of my top picks for a morning diffuser blend. With a lovely herby fragrance, rosemary blends very well with many other essential oils. It helps to clear and focus the mind while helping to activate the brain and stimulating nerve endings. Rosemary also helps to relieve mental fatigue and lethargy.


Basil is a very uplifting essential oil and a great oil to clear and focus the mind – in fact, one of the best essential oils to do this! it has a very strong scent – like aniseed – so it is best blended with another lighter, fresher-smelling oil.

Clary sage

Clary sage is uplifting and a tonic which means it invigorates and gives strength to the body, while also promoting feelings of well-being and euphoria. Ideal for encouraging positive thoughts and energy in the morning.


With a light, fresh, spicy fragrance ginger is stimulating and invigorates the body and the mind. It helps with lethargy and tiredness and aids with heightening the senses – ideal for a morning pick-me-up.


A wonderful-smelling citrus oil Grapefruit is ideal for relieving morning tiredness. It is uplifting and refreshing so clears the mind and invigorates the body, while also creating feelings of euphoria. A great way to start the day!


A sweet-smelling essential oil, that helps to clear and stimulate the mind. Juniper gives strength and stimulates the mind and body.


A lovely refreshing and uplifting oil that clears and stimulates the mind, allowing for a clearer head and mind.


Peppermint really helps to wake up, refresh and clear the mind. It improves mental fatigue and and energises the body while cooling and calming the mind to keep brain fog at bay. Another perfect addition to a morning diffuser blend.

Precautions of using essential oil diffuser blends for the morning

Using these oils in a diffuser is usually safe. If you suffer from respiratory disorders or allergies, then start slowly. Just add one drop of each oil into your diffuser, and judge your reaction.

If you are using the essential oils in a rollerball bottle – and therefore applying them to the skin – there are a few precautions;

  • Citrus oils of orange, grapefruit, and lemon, are phototoxic, so avoid direct sunlight on the area of application
  • Clary sage and rosemary should be avoided during pregnancy
  • Rosemary should be avoided by epileptics and those with high blood pressure
  • Peppermint is incompatible with homeopathic medicines
About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist, and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years of experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, which has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.