5 Essential Oils That Wake You Up & Inspire You To Tackle Your Day With Confidence

Ad failed to load

At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, I am becoming more and more convinced of the benefits of essential oils every freaking day. While at first, I was only using them to help me calm down and go to sleep, I have now also discovered essential oils that wake you up, energize, and inspire confidence, too. Trust me when I say that using these bad boys has a deliciously natural impact on my day-to-day routine, especially since the shorter days (and TBH, the news) have had me feeling more off and sluggish than normal.

Essential oils work, ahem, essentially like this: After a process of steaming or distilling a plant, you get an oil product which is thought to hold the "essential" benefits, fragrance, and healing properties of that plant. These oils are often used for the purpose of aromatherapy, which The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy calls both an art and science that utilizes plants' aromatic essences to "balance, harmonize, and promote the health of body, mind, and spirit." These scents activate the olfactory system — the part of the brain that reacts to smell — and ultimately the limbic system, which is linked to your heart rate, emotions, breathing, stress, memory, and hormonal balance, to name a few. In layman's terms, you take a whiff of a particular fragrance that comes from a plant, and it has the potential to benefit all levels of your beautiful being.

So if you've been having trouble getting out of bed because of the often chaotic and depressing state of the world, or simply because you stayed up too late to finish watching Stranger Things, using these oils will definitely help kickstart both your morning and your mood.

Ad failed to load

1Peppermint Oil


Peppermint Essential Oil Whipped Body Butter, $11.99, Etsy

It's no secret that peppermint oil is said to help with boosting alertness, increasing energy, and cultivating positive attitudes. In fact, it's one of the few oils that have been involved in scientific studies, one of which showed that ingesting just a little bit of peppermint oil can improve your athletic performance.

For a morning rev-up, try rubbing some of this body butter on after your morning shower. You'll be amazed by how refreshed and ready you'll feel to tackle your day.

2Eucalyptus Oil


Room & Body Mist Clearing Eucalyptus, $5.76, Swanson Vitamins

Another deliciously refreshing scent, eucalyptus is thought to clear the mind and uplift you on both an emotional and mental level.

Studies also find that eucalyptus has antimicrobial properties, meaning it's recommended to help with things like colds and respiratory infections, as well as pain relief and immune system stimulation.

3Grapefruit Oil


Grapefruit Essential Oil Roll On, $7.95, Etsy

Yay, citrus! Scents like grapefruit, orange, and lemon (which are all extracted from the rinds of their respective fruits in a slightly different process called expression) are thought to not only energize the mind and body, but actually supercharge serotonin production. FYI, serotonin is the hormone that helps you feel happiness, so cheers to that, amirite?

This essential oil is also thought to reduce stress hormones, so in addition to getting a boost of good vibes, you'll also enjoy a heightened sense of calmness and relaxation as you go about your day.

Ad failed to load

4Cedarwood Oil


'Santal 33' Body Oil, $68, Nordstrom

This bad boy is thought to promote a whole host of benefits, like mental clarity, relaxation, improved focus, and a stimulated production of melatonin in your brain, which will help you wake up feeling refreshed. Apparently, cedarwood is even sometimes used as a care method for those coping with ADD and ADHD.

This oil from Nordstrom is definitely a bit pricy, but hey, why not throw it on your gift wishlist this holiday season? Trust me, with cedarwood oil as its base, this stuff has one of the best smelling scents my nose has ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

5Lemongrass Oil

Neiman Marcus

Primally Pure Lemongrass Deodorant, $12, Neiman Marcus

Lemongrass oil not only boosts energy and combats exhaustion, but it might also help relieve that groggy headache you tend to wake up with sometimes. Swipe on some of this lemongrass deodorant before heading out for the day, and you'll be sure to enjoy the benefits all damn day.

Ad failed to load

Must Reads

13 Must-Have Experiences You Should Buy In Your 20s, Instead Of A New Couch

Life is one big experience. When you hit your 20s, though, you start getting pulled in the direction of your responsibilities. It isn't totally a bad thing, but you don't want to get so wrapped into adulting that you forget life's zest. Amazing exper…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

I Tried Kim Kardashian's Weird Beauty Obsession & I Can't Stop Taking Selfies

You've been there before: You're scrolling through your Instagram feed when you see your favorite celeb post about their favorite new product — a face serum, vitamins that will make your skin brighter, or a specialty food service. You can't help but …
By Stephanie Montes

Where You Should Vacation This Summer, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Summer is so much more than just sweating in 90 degree weather and enjoying a long, lazy break from school (if you're lucky enough to still be in school). It's a time for making exciting new plans, falling madly and hopelessly in love, opening your m…
By Roya Backlund

Wander or Bust: The Amalfi Coast May Just Be The Most Beautiful Thing You'll Ever See

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Kaylin Pound

6 Brutally Honest Phases Of Life After A Breakup, Because You Will Survive 

If you've ever been through a bad breakup, you know that the struggle is real. For the weeks (or possibly months, if it was a really bad one) that follow, life can be rough, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Don't believe me? Just l…
By Rachel Shatto

Here's How You Can Find Out What Your Aura Color Is

Do you remember that movie Almost Famous? More specifically, the scene where William is trying to have a phone call with his mom, but a clairvoyant Band-Aid keeps shouting "Your aura is purple!" in his face? Well, that was the first time I had ever h…
By Roya Backlund

9 Women In Their 20s Reflect On The Advice They Wish They Had At Graduation

Graduating college can feel seriously scary. You've spent your entire life in school, working and preparing for the moment you enter the real world, but what happens when you get there? What if things don't go totally according to plan? You may have …
By Brittney Morgan

3 Early Signs You Are Going To Have Undeniable Chemistry With Your Crush

I don't know if there's anything better than the excitement of having a new crush — especially when that feeling's reciprocated. The butterflies that rush through your stomach as soon as they enter a room. The electricity that zips through your veins…
By Genevieve Wheeler

A Dentist Reveals The Best Times To Brush Your Teeth & It's Actually So Surprising

Do you brush your teeth twice a day? If you do, you're already way ahead of me, since I usually forget about brushing my teeth before bed at least three out of seven days of the week. I'm so bad about remembering to brush my teeth before bed, that I'…
By Caroline Burke

Emoji Pool Floats Are Here To Match Every Mood You’re In This Summer

Searching for the perfect poolside accessory to lounge around in this summer? This year’s hottest warm weather water trend isn’t a big floppy hat or designer sunglasses — it’s an emoji pool float. That’s right: Your favorite little digital expression…
By Rachel Murphy

Here's How Your Mood & Your Favorite Music Are Secretly Connected, According To Science

If you're someone who's likely to be found with ear buds in her ears at all times, you might not realize just how often you listen to music, or the ways in which it's really affecting you. From your morning commute to the tunes you blast while you co…
By Caroline Burke

This Is How Long It Takes For A Partner To Really Trust You, According To Experts

Trust is easily one of the most important parts of a healthy relationship, but typically, it's not something that's fully there from the start because it takes some time to build. How long it takes for a partner to trust you is a question that doesn'…
By Tayi Sanusi

7 Things You Forgot To Thank Your High School Friends For & Should ASAP

Friends are a dime a dozen, but a solid, genuine group of girlfriends can be difficult to come by. When you find your tribe, you need to stick with them until the end. For some lucky people, your high school friends have been your besties since day o…
By Rachel Chapman

These 3 Zodiac Signs Will Have The Best Week, So Bask In The Glory

It's officially the second week of May, and the warmth of spring has finally arrived. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the bright weather is allowing everyone to finally break out their favorite pair of shorts. If you think the gorgeou…
By Roya Backlund

7 Men Reveal What Attracted Them To Their Last Crush & They'll Make You Swoon

He reminded me of Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl. That's legitimately what I found appealing about my most recent crush. Sorry, but it doesn't get any deeper than that. In other instances though, when I'm not trying to live out my lustful, adolescen…
By Sydnee Lyons

A Relationship Expert Reveals His Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide

"Long-distance relationships are extremely relaxing and easy to navigate," said no one in a long-distance relationship ever. Whether you are bicoastal babes or a quick two-hour train ride apart, distance makes the heart grow fonder, but it also makes…
By Kimmy Foskett

How To Start Reading Tarot When You Have No Clue Where To Begin

I've been practicing tarot almost daily as part of my self-care routine for years. My favorite part of the day is putting on a face mask, pouring myself a blushing mimosa or some coffee, busting out a few crystals, and sitting down to spend a little …
By Minerva Siegel

This Company Is Hiring A Chief Donut Officer & I Can’t Apply Fast Enough

National Donut Day may not be until June 1, but one company is celebrating the sweet holiday a little early this year. This isn't your average discounted donut or a buy-one-get-one deal, either. Entenmann's is giving one lucky person the chance to li…
By Collette Reitz

7 Questions You Should Be Able To Answer About Your Life By The Time You Hit 30

Nobody has all of the answers in life, but you're probably pretty proud of yourself for how far you've come. Somewhere along the way, some of us got the hang of adulting and began to appreciate the unexpected things that come with being 20-something.…
By Marisa Casciano

8 Pickup Lines To Use In The Library During Finals Week To Find Your New Study Buddy

In the borderline eternity I’ve been on this planet — I’m 29, suckers! — I’ve rarely made the first move, verbal or otherwise. I admire my female friends who have no trouble approaching a person they find cute. I even admire the men who have approach…
By Kimmy Foskett