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Citrus Oils for Depressed Moods

“You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.”   – 2 Samuel 22:29

Have you ever felt lethargic or depressed as the days get shorter with Daylight Savings Time?

Thankfully, God has created citrus oils to help us with seasonal sadness. In the following video, Rosie explains how you can bring more “sunshine” into your life.

Citrus Essential Oils for Depressed Mood
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Scientific research also indicates the potential mental health benefits of citrus oils – see  references below.

Caution: When used topically, citrus essential oils can be phototoxic (damaging to the skin) if exposed to sunlight. They can also cause skin irritation after the oils oxidize. Using an inhaler or diffusing citrus oils are the safest ways to use citrus oils. Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, by Robert Tisserand has more information about the safety of these oils.



Sunny Days Inhaler – by Oils of Shakan

Plant Therapy – for oils and diffusers


Behavioral effects of citrus paradisi in rats. Metabolic Brain Disease, Volume 31, Issue 2, April 2016, pp 329–335 (Grapefruit oil).

Effects of Citrus Fragrance on Immune Function and Depressive States. Komari, T., Fujiwara, R., Tanida, M., Nomura, J., Yokoyama, M. Neuroimmunomodulation, (2), 1995, 174-180. (Lemon, orange and bergamot oils).

Lemon oil vapor causes an anti-stress effect via modulating the 5-HT and DA activities in mice. Behavioural Brain Research, Volume 172, Issue 2, 25 September 2006, Pages 240–249

Lemon, K. An Assessment of Treating Depression and Anxiety with Aromatherapy. The International Journal of Aromatherapy, 14, 2004, 63-69   (Lemon and Bergamot Oils)

Price, L., Price, S. (2012). Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. London: Elsevier. (Sweet Orange Oil).

Suggested Reading:

Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand








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Roseann Dennerlein

Roseann Dennerlein

Roseann Dennerlein, also known as Rosie, is a Christian clinical aromatherapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and holds a Masters in Divinity degree. She has a passion to share about the healing power of God through Jesus, Scripture, prayer and God’s Creation. Rosie incorporates her training and her personal journey of healing into her writings and vlogs.