Does the full moon leave you feeling a little “off”? Some people experience a variety of symptoms during a full moon. From irritability and insomnia to fatigue, confusion, and even flu-like symptoms, many people report a variety of symptoms related to lunar phases. If this describes you, check out these essential oils for the full moon.

Lunar Cycles and Human Behavior: is it Just Pseudoscience?

Very little scientific evidence exists regarding the effect of the moon phases on people. Numerous studies find little to no correlation between the phases of the moon and human behavior. But I know LOTS of people (especially women) who claim the full moon has a definite effect.

We know that the moon exerts a gravitational pull on the earth. This is what causes oceanic tides. During a full moon, the sun and the moon are on opposite sides of the Earth. Thus, the sun, earth, and moon are in perfect alignment. This alignment of forces causes a stronger gravitational pull and larger tidal variations. But how does it affect people?

One of the most common phenomenon women describe is a worsening of PMS symptoms during a full moon, and some women even experience a syncing of their cycles with the moon phases. Others say they feel forgetful, experience brain fog, or have trouble sleeping. You can even find claims that hospital emergency rooms experience an increase in accident patients during the full moon.

So is it a real phenomenon, or just people’s imaginations running wild? That’s up to you. If lunar phases have you feeling a bit discombobulated, try some of these essential oils for the full moon and see if they help. Don’t believe it? Well, you may still see something here you like.

Lights Out Diffuser Blend

If you have trouble sleeping during a full moon, it may be because of the extra light. This is because our bodies only produce melatonin in darkness. The pineal gland secretes melatonin and controls our natural circadian rhythms, so essential oils that stimulate this gland can help. Try this blend of sleep-enhancing essential oils in the diffuser at bedtime.

5 drops sandalwood

4 drops cedarwood

3 drops vetiver

3 drops frankincense

Calm and Collected Essential Oil Roll-On

If lunar phases make you a little loony, this blend may bring relief. Apply it to relieve tension and encourage grounding, clarity, and focus.


8 drops ylang ylang

5 drops bergamot

5 drops Gathering (can sub spruce)

Fractionated coconut oil, or the carrier oil of your choice

Carnelian crystal pieces, optional


In a 10 mL roller bottle, combine essential oils and swirl gently. Top off with fractionated coconut oil. Roll on wrists, neck, and behind the ears to help you unwind.

Harness the Moon

Rather than combat lunar forces, maybe you want to channel all that energy.


5 drops sage

2 drops jasmine

2 drops ylang ylang

1 drop rose

3 drops vanilla extract

Carnelian crystal pieces, optional


Combine essential oils in a 10 mL roller bottle, and swirl gently. Top off with fractionated coconut oil. Roll on as desired. For enhanced effects, add some moonstone or garnet crystals to your blend. (Hint: You can find lots of great roller bottles with crystals at my favorite shop, Whimsy and Wellness.)

Head over to this post to learn about essential oils for the new moon.