An important part of aromatherapy is finding an essential oil that you like. Some of what you will like is genetic, while some are based on your history and upbringing. Additionally, some of what you enjoy will be based on your personality.
If you’re easily stressed, then you might enjoy some oils because they’re relaxing. If you’re someone who struggles to wake up and find the energy to exercise, then you might appreciate invigorating scents more.
Highlighted below are some popular flowers and the personality traits that have often been associated with them. Of course, this isn’t the end all be all of finding your favorite scent, and at the end of the day, you’re the best judge of what scent you like most, but this brief guide may help inform your decision.
This flower perfectly represents the relaxed personality who wants to live a life free from stress and worry. At the same time, the flower is a survivor capable of overcoming tough obstacles. There are 47 different species of lavender, and many of them can survive in tough environments. When properly cared for in the right climate, the lavender makes a great ornamental plant.
Additionally, the lavender plant has many different uses. Not only is it a common sight in gardens, but it is also a popular culinary herb. Adding the buds of English lavender to a dish give it a sweet fragrance with hints of citrus and lemon. It is often used in dressings, salads, and pasta. The buds can also be used in tea or processed by bees to produce honey.
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One of the best uses for lavender is the production of lavender essential oil. This oil is typically produced using a steam distillation process. The essential oil maintains the sweet fragrance of lavender and can provide individuals with mental and physical health benefits.
Many people use lavender oil for its ability to induce sleep and improve overall sleep quality.
If you think lavender is the plant that represents you best, then lavender essential oil may be right for you. Try applying it topically after diluting it with a lotion or carrier oil, add a few drops to a bath, or inhale through a personal aromatherapy diffuser like Happy, Sexy, Sleepy, or Ocean MONQ.
This flower appeals to the romantic in all of us. If you like the idea of purchasing a rose for someone, then the rose itself may match your personality best. But, like the rose, you have a tough side as well. The rose has evolved to defend itself with impressive thorns.
The rose also represents a range of diversity. While the red rose may be the most romantic of the bunch, there are several other shades and each represents a unique personality. You may be a yellow rose or a white rose. At your heart, you are still a rose, but you are different from the rest. After all, there are more than 100 different species of rose and no two of them are exactly the same.
If the rose best reflects your personality, then rose essential oil should be a part of your aromatherapy collection. The essential oils produced by the rose have been shown to alleviate stress and act as an antibacterial. The antispasmodic properties of rose essential oil also make it a powerful tool for fighting cramps and spasms.
If you strive to stand out from the crowd, then the ylang-ylang flower may best represent your personality. Often called the “flower of flowers,” the complexity and unique appearance of ylang-ylang cause it to stand out when compared to any other flower.
In the 20th century, French chemist began to extract the essential oils from the ylang-ylang flower to test its healing properties. Despite not being cultivated quite as long as rose or lavender, ylang-ylang managed to rise to the peak of popularity. This was in part due to its enchanting scent and in part due to its healing properties.
Ylang-ylang oil has antispasmodic properties similar to rose oil. For that reason, the two make a great combination against muscle cramps and pains. When diffused, the oil provides sedative and stress-relieving properties.
If the bold scent and appearance of ylang-ylang essential oil speaks to you, try using it topically after diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut, almond, or jojoba oil, or aromatically in a room diffuser or personal aromatherapy diffuser like Zen, Sexy, or Ocean MONQ.
The geranium flower represents the individual who enjoys fun, laughter, and who isn’t afraid to look silly from time-to-time. The flower, much like the personality, can be overlooked at times. It may not seem to carry the same weight as a rose or jasmine flower, but it is an important part of our ecosystem nonetheless. Just as individuals with this personality type are important reminders of what is good in life.
In reality, we all have a piece of the geranium personality within us. There are more than 400 different species of geranium around the world, and the plant has the potential to grow just about anywhere—just as we all have the potential to exhibit a geranium personality.
Geranium essential oil is beneficial for the skin, hair, and mind. Though it is more commonly-used in beauty products than in aromatherapy, it can still provide a range of benefits as part of your essential oil collection.
If the carefree, easy-going nature of geranium speaks to you, try using the oil on your hair or skin after diluting it with a carrier oil—coconut oil works great. Alternatively, use it aromatically in a bath, room diffuser, or personal aromatherapy diffuser like Forest, Vibrant, or Ocean MONQ.
Are you the innocent type who strives to avoid vices and bad influences? If so, then your personality may be best represented by the jasmine flower. This flower is commonly associated with love, good luck, and purity. In some cultures, the Jasmine is more recognizable than a rose. It is often seen in wedding ceremonies and as gifts between mothers and daughters.
There’s a certain rarity to the traditional tropical jasmine flower, just as it is rare for a person to exhibit this personality. The tropical jasmine cannot survive in most temperate climates outside of Asia. Cultivars often produce modified versions of the flower that are capable of surviving as houseplants, but they lack the authenticity of the tropical jasmine.
The fragrance of the flower is unique and powerful. For example, though jasmine tea is a common drink in many regions, it is not actually made from the jasmine flower. Instead, the fragrance of the jasmine flower is infused with traditional green tea. The process of infusing tea with jasmine scent is time-consuming, but the result is well worth the wait.
Jasmine essential oils boast a number of different benefits: it acts as a powerful antiseptic and disinfectant, both in topical and aromatic use.
If the scent and the delicate nature of the jasmine flower speaks to you, try inhaling it through a room diffuser or personal aromatherapy diffuser like Sexy MONQ. Alternatively, add it into your daily lotion to enjoy its scent and additional health benefits.
The Flower For Your Personality
Each of these flowers represents a specific personality. However, in reality, we are far too complex to be represented by a single personality type. Most of us have attributes of each of the personality types discussed above.
So, it’s not surprising if you find yourself identifying with a few or even all of the flowers discussed above—that’s why people have aromatherapy collections and not just a single essential oil. Consider adding a few of the essential oils mentioned above to your collection and mix and match the essential oils you enjoy most—the more you like the scents, the more benefits the oils will provide.