Essential oils for energy – boost your energy & beat fatigue.

Lady lying in bed looking tired.  Essential oils for energy Energy is the fuel that gives us stamina and drive and helps to maintain the proper functioning of our body. Without good energy levels, we perform poorly or not at all. If we suffer with fatigue all the time, it’s more than just needing a strong cup of coffee to get you going in the morning, and it’s more than just needing a good 8 hours sleep to feel great the next day.

7 Essential oils for energy

  • Grapefruit
  • Myrrh
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
Disclaimer;  I am a qualified and experienced aromatherapist.  The use of the oils in small quantities if generally safe.  However if ever in any doubt of the use of the oils, if you have any medical conditions, or are pregnant, please consult your local practitioner or contact me for a consultation.

Why do we lack energy?

Many different factors can cause us to feel constantly tired, always lethargic and that we feel like we never have any energy:
  • Unbalanced hormones – especially the fluctuation of oestrogen as women get older – can cause us to feel tired, and when this particular hormone suddenly crashes, so do we.
  • Not sleeping well can also cause us to have no energy and feel weary during the day.
  • Long term illness can often leave us feeling exhausted, fatigued and in need of constant

Symptoms of fatigue

  • Unable to focus or concentrate
  • Feeling depressed
  • Feeling tired after little activity
  • Feeling lethargic during the day – especially in the afternoon
  • Varying appetite
  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeling unmotivated, feeling like you just can’t get going
  • Brain fog, or mental fatigue, confusion, mixed thoughts and emotions
Using essential oils for energy can help relieve tiredness & fatigue, and is the natural way to feel better and more energised. Using essential oils can also help insomnia, and help you get a better nights sleep, which in turn can help you feel less tired during the day.

Properties of essential oils

Each essential oil has a different property, or therapeutic action, meaning it has different effects on the body.  For example the oils that we want to look for, for increasing energy, should be; stimulating, a tonic or uplifting. Read more about the properties of each essential here

How do essential oils work?

Essential oils are the aromatic substances or pure oils extracted from the leaves, petals, herbs, peel or bark from plants, flowers, trees and fruits. They are often referred to as the plant’s life force and are usually extracted from the plant by means of distillation (a steam process method) or expression (squeezing the oil out). The molecules in these essential oils are so fine that they are able to penetrate the surface of the skin and absorb to the deeper layers of the skin.  From here they enter the bloodstream and travel around the body to have an affect. They work by changing the chemical messages and impulses sent around the body, therefore changing the ways the body functions.  For example if an oil is known for relaxing, then it may help to reduce heart rate and breathing rate to calm the body down. The aroma of the oils can also enter the body via the olfactory system, which is to do with the nose and inhalation.  The molecules travel through the olfactory membranes at the back of the nose and enter the body here. The scent alone can also have a psychological effect, as smells are very evocative.  If we like a smell or it reminds us of a happy time, then we will feel relaxed or uplifted.  If we don’t like a smell it is likely to have a negative effect on your mind. This is the only ways that oils can enter the body.  People often ask if it is quicker to swallow essential oils – NEVER ingest essential oils,  this can be very dangerous.

Essential oils for energy


As this is a citrus oil, the scent itself is a tonic in the fight against lethargy and fatigue.  Burn with other citrus oils, for an instant uplift and energy boost. (Avoid sunlight if applied to the skin).


This is a stimulating oil, so great for restoring energy and for general lethargy.  As it is a strong, stimulating oil, it shouldn’t be used in high concentration – use sparingly – just 1 drop at a time.


A stronger smelling oil, rosemary is a stimulating, uplifting oil, that is great for mental fatigue and lethargy.  This oil is good to use if you suffer with brain fog, and general tiredness.  Keep fresh rosemary at home, and inhale the scent when you need to revive yourself! (Rosemary should not be used if you have epilepsy or high blood pressure.) A sprig of fresh rosemary


Basil gives an instant uplift and really helps to focus the mind and aids concentration.  Can help when we feel weak, exhausted or have mental fatigue.  Keep a fresh basil plant at home, and when you feel tired, take a sniff of the crushed leaves! (Avoid during pregnancy)


A real zingy essential oil who’s aroma helps to lift our emotions when we feel lethargic and fatigued. (Ginger is phototoxic, so sunlight should be avoided if applying to the skin)


Another citrus oil that instantly uplifts our emotions when we smell the scent. It is stimulating, uplifting and a tonic, so a great oil for boosting energy.  It refreshes the mind, so helps to feel energised, while boosting our immune system, which in turn can help use feel energised. (Lemon is phototoxic, so avoid sunlight if applied to the skin)


The refreshing scent of peppermint wakes us up and refreshes the mind and helps improve mental fatigue, so much so, that it should not be used late in the day as it could keep you awake! (Peppermint essential oil should not be used with homeopathic remedies, as it counteracts the benefits of them).

Essential oils for energy that blend well together

  • Rosemary & Grapefruit – a herby, refreshing blend, with an aroma that will last well.
  • Myrrh & Lemon – Combining a top and base note, means that the scent will last longer
  • Basil & Lemon – an ultra refreshing fragrance, that will instantly uplift
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Ways to use essential oils for energy

For continued aroma….

The best way to use essential oils to give a boost of energy is to inhale the scent.  The easiest way to do this is to use them in a burner or a diffuser.  This is a devise that allows the aroma to fill the room, so that you continue to smell it and keep your energy up. This is ideal if you need to keep your energy up during the day, for example if you are working from home.

For an instant boost or refresh….

You can take a sniff of the essential oil directly from the bottle (only do this once, every so often!), or add a couple of drops of your chosen oil to a handkerchief, so you can carry the scent with you and sniff when needed!

For massage application….

Alternatively, you can add essential oil to a carrier oil and apply it to your skin.  For boosting energy, massaging some blended oil onto your temples, would work well, as would massage some onto your wrists. Essential oils must be blended into a carrier oil, and not used neat on the skin.  Try Sweet Almond Oil for the body and Rosehip oil for the face. Use 2 drops of essential oil per 5 ml of carrier oil. Check out my recommended essential oils from Gya labs. Please note: Essential oils should never be ingested!  Not even when mixed into other liquids.  Essential oils are volatile chemicals, and can be dangerous if ingested!  Please be aware of anyone recommending using essential oils this way.

Products to try

Blending your own oils is fun and easy to do, but you could also try these aromatherapy based products too; First of all get a good nights sleep with these; This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. Containing Lavender, Vetiver & Chamomile, sprayed onto your pillow at bedtime, this aids and improves sleep.
This works deep sleep pillow spray Neals Yard Goodnight Pillow Mist. A blend of lavender, vetiver and mandarin, to be sprayed lightly on pillow or around the room, to aid a restful nights sleep. Neals Yard Pillow mist Then use this in your morning shower; E’spa Energising Shower Gel – Coconut, Peppermint & Eucalyptus oils are used to invigorate, refresh and energise.  A great way to start the day! E'spa shower gel And apply this after; E’spa Energising Body oil – a wonderful blend of eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint E'spa energising body oil Disclaimer;  I am a qualified and experienced aromatherapist.  The use of the oils in small quantities if generally safe.  However if ever in any doubt of the use of the oils, if you have any medical conditions, or are pregnant, please consult your local practitioner or contact me for a consultation.