Aromatherapy: Retrograde Style


When Mercury turns direct, instead of retrograde, it is often a relief for empaths. It can leave them feeling low in energy, unmotivated, and struggling for the ability to take any form of action in life. Fortunately, there is a useful tool that can curb the effects of retrogrades, that of essential oils and aromatherapy. While this is something widely available, it is rarely considered in terms of astrological influences. However, it works effectively if you are prepared to take the steps for use.

Even if you are not an astrologer, you can easily access talented ones that can help you know what is to come and how it can possibly affect well-being and emotional health.  Some will suggest essential oils that can be helpful in support of emotional energy when it comes to a major astrological event. The blending of certain diffusing oils can be supportive to emotional energy during astrological events. This is specifically aimed at balancing retrograde energy. This is how the idea of retrograde aromatherapy came about.

There are a few common energy themes that present during retrogrades. Things like feeling there are loose ends or a sudden emotional shift are often followed by unexpected or even unwelcomed events. When a retrograde occurs, we need to ground ourselves and focus on tasks that remain unfinished. It is a time for life and choice evaluation, as well as evaluating our relationships and careers, all while managing emotions that are erratic. Retrogrades tend to cause upheaval, transition, and change. If we can create feelings of peace, centeredness, and feel confident and clear then it can be useful. To achieve this, essential oils can help. Some of the suggestions below may not be as well known as others, but being willing to explore a bit can bring on positive benefits.

Clary Sage

This is the oil of a flowering herb that can inspire clarity and confidence. It is excellent for soothing emotions that are intense. It has a strong scent that may not be great for diffusing on its own, but that is up for personal preference.

Mandarin, Bergamot, and Sweet Orange

These are also a matter of preference, but the three citrus oils all have an uplifting, soothing effect for the spirit. Orange essence is well known as a happy aroma that can be used alone or combined for a more intense experience.


This is perfect for the more intense emotional days, especially the Roman Chamomile version. While the soothing effects of chamomile tea are known universally, diffused chamomile can also be relaxing for the nerves. Combine 4 to 6 drops to a diffuser and adjust as needed.


Though not often used, vetiver is known for its grounding abilities and the ability to create balance and relaxation. A little can go a long way with this scent. It is a strong, wooded scent with an earthy feel that blends well with those already mentioned. Try 1 or 2 drops in a diffuser for effects.

Lemon and Lavender

If lighter scents are more your style, then lemon and lavender, used alone and in moderation, are wonderful options. Lemon can help you to feel energized, refreshed, and cleansed. It is motivating and uplifting. Lavender is well known and one of the most often used because it is pleasant and comes with many benefits. Lavender is calming and relaxing, creating balance with its beautiful, soft smell.

Take time to discover what blend creates the scent and balance you want to feel calm the next time a retrograde occurs. You may be surprised at the difference essential oils can make.