Essential oils for homesickness

14 November 29, 2017 - Aromatherapy, At Home, Diffusion Blend Ideas, Diffusion Ideas, Emotional Health, Emotional Wellness, Empowerment, Essential Oils, How to Use Essential Oils, Mental Wellness, Wellness, Young Living Lifestyle

They say that home is where the heart is. Perhaps that’s why a feeling of loss is so apparent when you are far from the ones you love. Homesickness can be felt while traveling in an unfamiliar country, while at school in another state, and—maybe most intensely—when you can’t be home for the holidays. Whatever makes you feel it, we agree that the ache of homesickness is the worst!

That’s why we’re sharing these five tips for combatting feelings of loneliness and longing for home. Whether you’re an easy 30-minute drive from where you grew up or across the world, these simple steps will help you feel close to home, even if only in your dreams.

Jasmine Essential Oil1. Scents of nostalgia

Did you know that your sense of smell is the sense most able to recall memory? Try adding things to help you remember happy times of togetherness and love. Did your mom clean with Thieves® or Lemon essential oils? Did your grandma have a special homemade apple pie recipe? Does your backyard smell of pine trees or jasmine flowers? Simply add a few drops of your favorite scent to your diffuser and transport yourself back to the family cabin or days with friends on the beach. Pull out some old photos and take a happy trip down memory lane.

2. Recreate traditions

Homemade Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream Recipe TileAre you too far away to travel home for a sibling’s birthday or family-favorite holiday? That’s no reason to sit staring longingly at Instagram while your loved ones celebrate. Grab a coworker, travel companion, or roommate to recreate some of those beloved traditions and celebrate your family from afar! Maybe your birthday has always started with a hike in the mountains followed by Dad’s homemade pancakes; mirror the tradition by locating the nearest trailhead and making a reservation for you and friends at a popular brunch spot. Whatever your traditions are, relive them in the city you currently call home for a bit of familiar comfort on those special days.

Since food can be so comforting, sometimes the hardest part about being away is missing Mom’s homemade cooking. Check out our recipes page and whip up something delicious that you and your family can enjoy, even when you’re on opposite ends of the world.

Christmas Spirit3. Send your love

Thanks to technology, we can reach out to our families and see their faces in seconds; but nothing feels quite as intentional or heartfelt as sending physical mail. Sit down and write your love and longing to those you can’t see and pick up that scarf you saw in the store window that would look perfect on your sister and send it her way, too.

Send a bit of yourself home by dabbing a drop of your favorite essential oil on the inside of packages. You can even scent them according to the season by adding Orange in the summer, Christmas Spirit™ in the colder months, and Grapefruit in the springtime.

4. Happy and content

Eucalyptus radiata essential oilNo matter what triggers feelings of homesickness, there is little that is more discouraging. Make a list of small, simple things that make you happy and try a couple each day to lift your spirits. There are a handful of essential oils that happy people tend to use, so turn on the bath, plug in your diffuser, or add some of these oils to your wrists to see if their scents help bring about feelings of hope and cheer:

5. Take your home state with you

Whether it’s December 25 or the middle of April, sometimes you need to feel like you’re home, even if you can’t be there. We get it. Maybe you’re missing the mountains, your childhood forests, or the desert air. Just because you aren’t physically there doesn’t mean you can’t feel at home any day of the year. Diffuse these essential oil blends and bring the smell of California lemon trees or East Coast forests into your bedroom or workspace:

Idaho Balsam Fir Essential Oil

The Northwest

The Northwest is known for thick and luscious forests nestled right along the coast. Combine these oils to recreate the rich smell of your local woodlands.

The Midwest

The Midwest creates visions of sitting out on porch steps and campfires with family. Add these oils together to conjure memories of late nights and lots of laughter.

Citrus Fresh Essential OilThe South

The South is said to have the friendliest people around. Use these citrus smells to fondly remember your wonderful neighbors who always offered you biscuits and sweet tea.

The Sunny Coast

If you need the warm sun on your face, look no further than your love for the southern coasts of California or Florida. Turn on your diffuser and add these essential oils to take you back to family vacations and sandy beach days.

Valor Essential OilThe East Coast

The trees and foliage in New England can’t be matched. When you want to close your eyes and think of Massachusetts or Maine, diffuse these oils.


We hope these tips will ease the ache of homesickness a little bit and help you create a sense of home right where you are.

Looking for other ways to combat the challenges of life? Check out our blog posts on how to live a balanced life and how to overcome daily hurdles.

What are some things you do to cheer yourself up when you’re homesick? Share your tips in the comments below!

  • Hi Crystelle, Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of the body, including ailments or injuries, nor low serotonin levels. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address this issue. We advise that you consult with a medical professional that has experience with Essential Oils on your specific issue. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hello Nancy! Here is a Heartland blend we created for you! We hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

    The Heartland Blend:
    3 drops Orange essential oil
    2 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
    5 drops Grounding essential oil

  • Melody

    I often use joy and look through pictures to remind myself of all the great times we always have as a family! Joy helps me to focus on all the great times!

  • Chris

    Get around people so your mind doesn’t make you think you are missing out!! Make new memories with new people.
    My hubby and I moved away from our grand kids. One thing I did for them was sew them clothes. I’d diffuse “magnify your purpose” as I got busy. The month after we moved to our new place, I started to sew and diffuse that oil. All I could do was cry. I guess “my purpose” was taken away too….it certainly felt like it. It’s been 8 months and I haven’t tried the oil or sewing machine 😐

  • Thanks for the products view. I have a lot of options to select on to.

* Please note that all comments are moderated and won't appear immediately. Additionally, some posts may be slightly modified or deleted to maintain compliance with Young Living's Policies and Procedures and federal regulations. To ensure your comments are compliant, please refer to the Suggested Product Claims document.