11 Essential Oils That Promote Happiness & Good Mood


Aromatherapists regularly refer to how essential oils have the power to affect a person’s mood. Research has revealed that it is actually possible to improve your mood by just smelling an essential oil, and we all know that everyone wants more happiness in their lives. Oxford University’s Stephen Warrenburg discovered that an aroma can have a significant effect on stress reduction and improving mood. It is because of research like this, that we created our Happy MONQ® personal aromatherapy diffuser!

Aromatherapy products can thus be effectively used to improve mood and get rid of stress and negative emotions. In fact, some essential oils have been used for millennia to improve mood and uplift spirits and are still being used today for that purpose. Below are the top 11 essential oils for promoting happiness and a good mood.

CarawayCaraway Essential Oil

Caraway essential oil is extracted from the seeds of the caraway plant. The scientific name for the plant is Carum Carvi. Caraway seeds are quite popular as a spice in Europe as well as on the Indian subcontinent. Caraway essential oil helps with a variety of ailments and is often referred to as Persian cumin. It was originally found in Europe and Asia Minor but is now cultivated throughout the world.

Properties: Caraway essential oil has a delightfully spicy and slightly sweet aroma. It is pale yellow to brownish in color and has a thin consistency.

How Does It Promote Happiness and Good Mood?

Caraway essential oil has a pleasing aroma and therapeutic compounds that have a soothing effect on the mind and instills feelings of harmony and trust. It acts as a tonic for the nerves and encourages positive thoughts. It eases the mental strain and makes you feel full of energy and life.

Application Method: The best way to use caraway essential oil for its emotional benefits is to use it aromatically. Just add two drops of the oil in a diffuser, vaporizer, burner, pillow cover, or aromatic candles. However, this is not the only way to use it since it can be used diluted and used topically or for massage.

Blends well with Roman chamomile, German chamomile, orange, lavender, ginger, frankincense, dill, coriander, basil, and aniseed essential oils.

Precautions: Caraway oil is sometimes irritating on sensitive skin and should thus be tested in a small patch initially. It should be avoided by pregnant women.

Clary SageClary sage

Clary sage is part of the sage family and is used to treat a wide variety of conditions and complaints. It is obtained through the steam distillation of the clary sage plant. It too has been used for medicinal purposes for millennia. Clary sage is widely grown throughout Europe, US, Morocco, and even Russia.

Properties: Clary sage essential oil has a strong floral and sweet, but pleasant scent. It has been described as floral, fruity, sweet, and even herby. It is clear to pale yellow in color with a thin to medium consistency.

How Does It Promote Happiness and Good Mood?

Clary sage essential is a sedative and is used to help with emotional issues such as anxiety, stress, and tension. It uplifts your mood if you are feeling down. Clary sage can boost your confidence, mental strength, hope, and self-esteem, thus fighting depression. It works to balance hormones and is a great choice for moodiness related to an imbalance in hormones.

Clary sage essential oil is helpful in fighting depression due to loneliness, insecurity, failure in personal life or career, the death of a loved one or a friend. It is also good for relieving anxiety and is administered to people suffering from acute depression that are undergoing rehabilitation.1

Application Methods: To enjoy the full benefits of clary sage essential oil, you can dilute a few drops in the shower or bath, put several drops in your diffuser, use it in a compress, or apply it topically.

Blends with: Roman chamomile, German chamomile, ylang-ylang, vetiver, tea tree, spruce, spikenard, sandalwood, rosemary, rose geranium, palmarosa, pine, petitgrain, patchouli, lemongrass, lime, eucalyptus, lemon, lemon balm, lavender, grapefruit, geranium, frankincense, cypress, jasmine, hyssop, helichrysum, coriander, clove, cedarwood, cardamom, calamus, black pepper, bergamot, bay, and basil essential oils.

Precautions: Due to its sedative effects, clary sage essential oil is not recommended for use before operating heavy machinery or driving. It is also not advisable to use too much of it since it can lead to headaches. It should not be used by pregnant women and children below 6 years.

Fennel Essential OilFennel

Fennel essential oil comes from the distillation of fennel seeds and has been cultivated and used for culinary purposes for a long time. It is used for several ailments both physical and emotional and is one of the most commonly used essential oils. It is a native of the southern parts of Europe as well as the Mediterranean including Greece, Italy, and France.

Properties: Fennel essential oil has a licorice-like, sweet, spicy, peppery, and earthy odor. It is clear to pale yellow in color and has a thin consistency.

How Does It Promote Happiness and Good Mood?

Fennel essential oil is believed to support a person’s responsibility both spiritually and emotionally. It was used historically to bestow courage and strength to warriors. It can be used to help a person struggling with lack of motivation, low self-esteem, self-doubt, stubbornness, or accountability and to help them live in alignment with their integrity and values.  

Application Methods: Diluting it for massage, using it as a compress, diluting it in your bath or shower, or diffusing it.

Blends with: Ylang-ylang, tangerine, sandalwood, rosemary, geranium, rose geranium, rose, pine, orange, niaouli, marjoram, mandarin, lemongrass, lemon, dill, lavender, cypress, juniper, grapefruit, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, bergamot, basil, and aniseed essential oils.

Precautions: Fennel essential oil is not recommended for people diagnosed with epilepsy and should be avoided by pregnant women as well as children.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is one of the most useful and versatile essential oils for aromatherapy. It is steam distilled from the flowers and leaves of the lavender plant. It can be blended with many other essential oils and helps with a wide variety of ailments and conditions. Lavender is widely grown in the Mediterranean with the largest producers currently being France and Bulgaria. Lavender is an easy herb to grow at home.

Properties: It is clear to pale yellow in color. It has a sweet, gentle, floral scent with a relaxing effect. It has a thin consistency.

How Does It Promote Happiness and Good Mood?

Lavender essential oil is useful for easing the symptoms of anxiety, stress, melancholy, and insomnia. It is a cooling and harmonizing oil with both stimulant and sedative effects when it comes to easing stress and calming the mind while helping to lift one’s spirits. It is great for use with meditation.

Lavender oil has a relaxing scent that makes it a great tonic for the nerves. It is used to treat emotional stress, nervous tension, depression, headaches, and migraines. Its refreshing aroma gets rid of restlessness and nervous exhaustion and increases mental activity. You can find lavender in MONQ’s personal essential oil diffuser relieve that can help with your aches and pains.

Application Methods: Dilution in the shower or bath, using it as a compress, diffusing it, using it for massage, and applying it topically.

Blends well with: Thyme, vetiver, valerian, tea tree, rose geranium, geranium, Roman chamomile, German chamomile, rose, spruce, spikenard, spearmint, sandalwood, sage, rosemary, nutmeg, niaouli, neroli, myrrh, oregano, orange, marjoram, manuka, mandarin, lime, lemongrass, cypress, juniper, eucalyptus, lemon, hyssop, grapefruit, frankincense, fennel, clove, clary sage, citronella, cinnamon, cedarwood, carrot seed, caraway, camphor, calamus, black pepper, bergamot, benzoin, bay, and basil essential oils.

Precautions: Lavender essential oil should not be used by people diagnosed with some forms of cancer. It should also be avoided by people operating machinery or driving due to its sedative effects.

 Mandarin Green Essential OilMandarin green

Mandarin green essential oil is obtained by cold-pressing the rind of the mandarin orange. It is known to have numerous emotional benefits and can be used for easing several different ailments. It is regarded as being highly uplifting and blends well with several other essential oils. Mandarin oranges are believed to have originated in China and Southeast Asia.

Properties: It can be described as being brown to orange, dark yellow, to olive-brown in color. It has a fruity, sweet, and citrus fragrance. It has a thin consistency.

How Does It Promote Happiness and Good Mood?

Mandarin green essential oil was traditionally used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for calming the mind, relaxing the body, and inducing sleepiness. Modern studies of the efficacy of the oil in aromatherapy have found it to possess anti-anxiety and sedative properties.

Mandarin green essential oil helped to calm the expressions of anxiety in rodents in experiments designed to mimic generalized anxiety disorder. Aromatic use of mandarin green essential oil also increased sleep duration significantly.

Application Methods:  Topical application, using with a compress, diluting it in the shower or bath, or diffusing it.

Blends well with: Ylang-ylang, vetiver, valerian, sandalwood, rosewood geranium, geranium, rose, Roman chamomile, clary sage, nutmeg, myrrh, fennel, clove, lemon, lavender, juniper, jasmine, hyssop, grapefruit, frankincense, cardamom, black pepper, bergamot, basil, and aniseed essential oils.

Precautions: Mandarin green essential oil is phototoxic, which is why you should avoid being in direct sunlight for at least 24 hours after using it.

Marjoram Essential OilMarjoram

Marjoram is a popular culinary herb that has been in use for millennia. It is known for its ability to help with several emotional ailments. Marjoram essential oil is obtained through the steam distillation of both dried and fresh leaves of the marjoram plant. The marjoram plant is native to the Mediterranean region.

Properties: Marjoram essential oil is pale yellow to pale amber in color. It has a warm and woody but slightly spicy aroma. It has a thin consistency.

How Does It Promote Happiness and Good Mood?

Marjoram essential oil helps heal the symptoms of stress and anxiety. It induces a sedative, relaxing, and calming effect on both the mind and body. It also generates a feeling of happiness in times of sadness and anger, which can be helpful for people who have suffered some sort of trauma, shock, or a major setback in life.

Application Methods: Massage, topical application, using it as a compress, dilution in the shower or bath, or diffusing it.

Blends well with Thyme tea tree, rosemary, pine, petitgrain, peppermint, orange, lemon, manuka, juniper, German chamomile, fir needle, fennel, eucalyptus, cypress, bergamot, basil, lavender, black pepper, and cinnamon essential oils.

Precautions: Marjoram essential oil is not recommended for pregnant women and those planning to drive or operate machinery within a few hours of use due to its sedative effects.

Parsley Essential OilParsley

Parsley is a biennial herb that’s extensively cultivated in France, Germany, and Hungary. It has greenish-yellow flowers that are followed by small brown seeds. Parsley seed essential oil is steam distilled from the dried seeds of the plant.

Parsley is one of the oldest known spices in the world and has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. Roman and Greek physicians used Parsley for bladder and kidney disorders and the essential oil has been used for the same purposes since the 16th century.

Properties: Parsley seed essential oil is amber yellow to brown in color and has a warm, woody-spicy, herbaceous aroma.

How It Promotes Health

Parsley seed essential oil offers several health benefits, which is why it is used in a vast number of industries. It is very beneficial when it comes to treating various skin problems. It is also used in the treatment of arthritis, urinary tract infections, colic, among other related health problems.

Blends with: Ylang-ylang, tea tree, rose, oakmoss, neroli, ginger, coriander, clary sage, black pepper, bay, and anise essential oils.

Precautions: It should not be used by pregnant women. It should not be used undiluted, in your mucous membranes or eyes because it can cause irritation. If you apply it to your skin, you should always perform a small patch test on an insensitive part of the body.

Petitgrain Essential Oil

Petitgrain is a citrus oil, and it is the woodsy citrus fragrance that makes it a very popular essential oil. It is used to treat both physical and emotional issues. Petitgrain essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the neroli tree although it is sometimes distilled from the branches too. The tree is native to Northeast India and Southern China.

Properties: Petitgrain essential oil is pale yellow to amber in color and was a slightly floral, fresh, and citrus fragrance. It has a thin to medium consistency.

How Does It Promote Happiness and Good Mood?

One of the most significant benefits associated with petitgrain essential oil is its ability to promote relaxation, happiness and calmness. It is considered useful in helping you deal with stress and anxiety as well as nervousness due to its chemical makeup. It is also great for helping combat insomnia.

You can add several drops of petitgrain essential oil on your beddings and pillows before you go to bed to enjoy its aromatic benefits. It can also be combined with other relaxing oils such as bergamot or lavender and then applied to beddings to create a relaxing environment.

Blends well with: Ylang-ylang, tangerine, sandalwood, rosewood, rose, valerian, patchouli, palmarosa, oregano, orange, nutmeg, neroli, marjoram, frankincense, eucalyptus, cypress, coriander, clove, clary sage, cedarwood, cardamom, bergamot, cinnamon benzoin, and aniseed essential oils.

Precautions: Petitgrain essential oil has a sedative effect, which means that people that use it shouldn’t drive or operate machinery immediately after using it.

Thyme Essential OilThyme

Thyme is perhaps one of the oldest known medicinal plants in the world and is still popular to this day for its health benefits. This essential oil is obtained through the steam distillation of the flowers and leaves of the herb. Thyme essential oil is incredibly popular with aromatherapy professionals because of the wide variety of conditions it helps with. Thyme traces back its origins to the Mediterranean region.

Properties: Thyme essential oil is clear to pale yellow in color. It has a fresh, medicinal, and herbaceous fragrance. It has a thin to medium consistency.

How Does It Promote Happiness and Good Mood?

It is an excellent therapeutic agent for boosting emotional health and alleviating feelings of anxiety and stress. It helps relax both the mind and body, therefore, promoting calmness and tranquility, which is important for promoting the physical health of the body.

Thyme essential oil helps to lift your mood and even boosts memory function. It is a mental stimulant capable of helping you fight fatigue and improve your focus. According to Chinese lore, it also boosts and supports Qi and especially Qi of the heart.

A 2015 research study notes how thymol, which is a compound found in thyme essential oil exhibited strong antidepressant-like effects in mice that were tested and helps prevent proinflammatory cytokines in the study. The findings of the study potentially open up new therapies in depression treatment.3

Application Methods: Massage, topical application, using as a compress, dilution in the shower or bath, or diffuse.

Blends with: Tea tree, rosemary, pine, oregano, marjoram, manuka, lemongrass, eucalyptus, lemon eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, grapefruit, cinnamon, bergamot, and bay essential oils.

Precautions: Thyme essential oil can be an issue for people with sensitive skin, so a patch test might be an excellent idea. It can be irritating to the mucous membranes, and it shouldn’t be used by pregnant women.

Vanilla Essential OilVanilla

Vanilla is a type of wild orchid that originated in the Mexican lands before spreading through the tropics of Madagascar, which is now the largest cultivator of the plant in the world. Spanish explorers arrived in the Gulf Coast of Mexico in the 16th century and gave the name used today “vaina” or vanilla in English, which means “little pod.”

Vanilla essential oil is technically not an essential oil but rather a solvent derived extract from the plant’s pods or beans. It is widely used in perfumery, pastry-making, and aromatherapy. However, it is much more than an ingredient in toiletries or pastries. It is also an aphrodisiac, promotes serenity, and offers numerous other benefits.

Properties: Vanilla essential oil is deep brown in color and has a rich, sweet aroma similar to that of vanilla extract commonly used in baking. It has a thick consistency.

How Does It Promote Happiness and Good Mood?

Vanilla essential oils can be used to sweeten a bitter temperament with its delightful aroma and taste. Like most other essential oils, vanilla helps uplift your mood if used aromatically. People have actually been using the essential oil of vanilla since the 17th century for fighting stress, depression, and anxiety.4

Neurological studies have revealed that the positive effects of vanilla are due to vanillin, which is the primary component in vanilla. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, vanilla is effective in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as depression.

The great thing about using vanilla is that it comes without the side effects associated with traditional prescription medication, which makes it an excellent alternative for people who prefer using more natural remedies and who are looking for more happiness.

Application Methods: Vanilla essential oil can be used in a diffuser, applied topically or diluted in a shower or bath.

Precautions: It is advisable for pregnant women and nursing mothers to consult a doctor first before using it. It should not be used undiluted on the skin. Avoid contact with your eyes. It should not be used on abrasions or broken skin. It isn’t soluble in a carrier oil but rather in alcohol.

The Bottom Line

Essential oils can be used to promote happiness and good mood, and alleviate stress, as clearly shown here. The 10 essential oils discussed here are some of the best when it comes to boosting your mood. Now that you know about which options are available to you, it is for you to decide which ones to buy.

It is worth noting that you are not limited to using a specific oil since you can combine 2 or more essential oils to come up with an even more powerful blend. Or, you could access all of them simultaneously by MONQhaling on a Happy MONQ® personal aromatherapy diffuser.

You should also never forget that while using essential oils for happiness can help, it is only to a certain extent. You should also be mindful of your goals and wishes and stick to them and you will definitely see an improvement in your life.

Taylor James

By Taylor James

Taylor is an aromatherapy enthusiast who’s favorite use of essential oils is through a portable diffuser created by MONQ. In her spare time you can find her enjoying nature whether it be on a lake or in a forest.

Favorite MONQ blend: Forest

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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