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What is your happy oil?

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 5:31 PM | Shannon Bachorick (Administrator)

By Shannon Bachorick, RA, EOT, CAHP, with responses from CAOA members

On July 12, 2012, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that March 20 would be known as the International Day of Happiness to recognize the relevance of happiness and wellbeing around the world. In celebration of this day, we asked our members to share which essential oil made them happy.

As you can guess, citrus oils were found to be the happiest oils. “Sweet orange oil (Citrus sinensis) is still the most cheerful aroma around to my nose. However, it is followed veeerry closely by grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)and lemon (Citrus limon).” “Mandarin (Citrus reticulate) is so uplifting, and joyful feeling, warm and light.” Blood orange (Citrus sinensis) made the list as well as, of course, bergamot (Citrus bergamia).

This is a perfect answer for snowy winter days: “An oil that makes me happy is geranium (Pelargonium graveolens). Its heavy floral scent reminds me of being in a garden with scented flowers all around me. But minus the allergies.”

Jasmine made the list a few times. “I absolutely love Jasmine! I use 10% in Jojoba oil and wear it as a perfume. I find it so calming, soothing and joyful for my soul.”

Deanna Russell commented that “The first oil that came to mind was rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia). It’s so soft and gentle, and instantly makes me feel better.” Birgit Salling said, “Currently, peppermint (Mentha piperita) makes me happy! The one I have is from India, organic and steam distilled. When I take an inhalation from my bottle of peppermint, I instantly feel energized and uplifted which makes me happy. I enjoy peppermint tea and the essential oil smells so delicious.”

One particularly thoughtful answer discussed how patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) makes a member feel. “As a Christian, I'm all about cultivating gratitude and finding joy in the blessings I've got. Patchouli oil helps me stay present and appreciate what I have, which totally aligns with my faith. Plus, it's got this grounding and balancing effect that helps me find balance in my body, mind, and soul. When I use patchouli oil in my self-care routine, it's like creating a chill and focused space for me to connect with God on a deeper level. It's a reminder of His presence and a way to calm my thoughts and open my heart to spiritual insights. So yeah, patchouli is my go-to for happiness and good vibes!”

I loved the story of how May Chang (Litsea cubeba) reminds Mayumi Wolters of her favourite soap growing up. “Bath time is pretty special for Japanese family as we take a bath together often when kids are young. It was a bonding time for my mom and I. It brings up good memories and puts me smile on my face all the time.”

This answer probably sums up the indecisiveness that most of us feel when having to pick just one oil: “Tough question - hard to pick only one - if you mean happy opposite of sad, then I look to the florals - rose (R centifolia, or especially R Damascena), jasmine (J. officinale), that sort of thing, also the vanillin in  benzoin (Styrax benzoin) is euphoric, if you mean uplifting then more citrus - bergamot (C. bergamia), if you mean peppy happy, then peppermint is always handy (Mentha pepperita), and as a general uplifting  tonic I like helichrysum (H. italicum) or melissa (M. officinalis) when needed.”

Other oils that were mentioned are marjoram (Origamum majorana), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens),lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga mensiesii), neroli (Citrus aurantium) and petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var amara). The most uncommon oil named was mimosa (Acacia decurrens), which is one I have yet to experience.

As for the oil that makes me happy, I would have to say clary sage (Salvia sclarea), but when blended with another oil. Somehow that makes the clary sage smell sweet and juicy.

Thank you to everyone who shared which oils make them happy!

About the author: Shannon Bachorick completed her aromatherapy certification studies in 2016 and went on to become a Registered Aromatherapist®Essential Oil Therapist®, and Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional®. She practises in Regina, Saskatchewan, and is the founder of Santéssence Aromatherapy.

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