9 Happy essential oil blends | what essential oils make you feel happy?

by Alison Angold | Qualified Aromatherapist | CIDESCO ITEC

What essential oils make you feel happy?

The essential oils that make you feel happy include;

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Mandarin
  • Orange
  • Rose
  • Ylang Ylang

So, you can see that there are plenty of different essential oils to choose from to create positive feelings, uplift the spirits and make you feel more happy! And any of these oils can be blended together to create a happy fragrance. Skip to specific recipes here;

Essential oils can have a great benefit and effect on the body, including uplifting your mood and helping you feel more positive and happy! Using these happy essential oil blends for depression, low mood, or when you feel unhappy, could be the natural way to treat these symptoms. Lets look at these oils in more detail.


A strong smelling oil with an almost aniseed aroma to it. Basil is uplifting and helps and is a good essential oil for depression, relieving the symptoms of this condition. It is also a tonic to the nervous system, so helps to strengthen the nerves and help us cope when our mood is low.

(Avoid during pregnancy)


A wonderfully refreshing citrus oil bergamot has great uplifting properties. It really helps our emotions by reducing anger and frustration and the symptoms of depression.

(Avoid sun exposure after application)

Clary Sage

This essential oil uplifts and promotes a feeling of well-being. Clary sage gives feelings of euphoria and happiness! So perfect when we need uplifting.

(Avoid during pregnancy and before or after alcohol consumption)


With a heady, floral aroma Geranium is a good tonic for the nervous system and helps to lift the spirits and promotes happiness.

(Generally safe but very sensitive skins may react)


Another citrus oil, Grapefruit is uplifting and refreshing so relieves feelings of depression and promotes a feeling of euphoria.

(Avoid sun exposure after application)


A great all round oil, Lavender helps to balance emotions and lifts the feelings and symptoms of depression.


Mandarin is a light, refreshing citrus oil that is classed as a happy, soothing, relaxing oil! It lifts anxiety and promotes feelings of well-being and happiness.


Orange is a stronger smelling citrus oil that promotes a positive outlook and refreshes and clears the mind. Its uplifting properties, helps give a happy feeling.

(Avoid sun exposure after application)


Rose is a very good anti-depressant and stimulates positive emotions.

(Avoid during pregnancy)

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang can create feelings of joy and euphoria, thus promoting positive emotions.

How to use essential oils for happiness

There are several way to use essential oils to make you feel happy, so lets take a look at them in detail.


A diffuser – or a burner – is a great way to use essential oils to promote feelings of happiness. The oils are blended together and released either through the diffuser or from burning the oils. The aroma then fills the air and can be inhaled throughout the day. Not only does this help your mood, but makes your home smell amazing!!l

Body massage oil

Massaging a body oil into your skin, is not only a great way to nourish and moisturise your skin, but it is also a great way to get essential oils into your body. Creating a ‘happy essential oil blend’ and applying it in the morning, allows the oils to penetrate into the skin, over a period of time. Plus you should get the heavenly aroma’s on your skin, all day long! A sure fire way to keep the positivity up!

Rollerball blend

A roller applicator is a great way to carry your oil blend with you, wherever you go! Whenever you need a lift, then use the roller applicator, ideally on the pulse points on the wrist or the temples. The oils will be absorbed by the skin to have an effect on the body and be inhaled as well.

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Happy essential oil blend recipes

Happy diffuser blends

Basil, Bergamot & Mandarin

The refreshing citrus oils, here, will pair well with the stronger herby basil oil.

Bergamot, Grapefruit & Rose

Rose has a strong floral scent that can be overpowering if not blended with other suitable oils. Here, the citrus fragrances work well.

Ylang Ylang, Lavender & Mandarin

Ylang Ylang is a lovely scent but can be overpowering and heady. Using this oils together with floral lavender and and light mandarin gives a refreshing scent with an unusual twist.

Clary sage & Orange

Clary sage has aroma that is often compared to plain tea leaves, with a slight spice note. It can be a non-descript fragrance, so blending with bright, refreshing orange works well.


Happy essential oil roller blend recipes

The essential oils must be blended with a carrier oil – you must not apply essential oils neat onto the skin.

  • 10ml Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 drops Mandarin
  • 2 drops Grapefruit

A really light, refreshing, uplifting aroma. Guaranteed to make you instantly feel better.

  • 10ml Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Bergamot

A floral and citrus fragrance to lift the spirits, while calming and relaxing the mind at the same time.

  • 10ml Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang

For those who like a stronger fragrance that will last longer on the skin.

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Happy essential oil body massage blend

Blending a body massage oil, is the same as for a roller blend but in larger quantities.

Use larger amber bottle to blend you body massage oils. And using a pump bottle like the ones below is an ideal way to access your oil each time. Sweet Almond oil is an ideal base for a body oil, as it is light, absorbs well and gives good coverage, but avocado oil or jojoba oil can also be used.

  • 50 ml Sweet Almond Oil
  • 8 drops Orange
  • 8 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Geranium

The lighter citrus fragrances complement the heavier, headier geranium.

  • 50ml Sweet Almond Oil
  • 8 drops Bergamot
  • 8 drops Mandarin
  • 4 drops Lavender

Again the main scent is citrus to really uplift complemented by floral lavender.

Happy essential oil products

Blending your own oils and making your products is really fun and easy to do, but you may choose to purchase ready blended essential oil products. These are some of my favourite companies and products to use.

E’spa’s Positivity range is made from blends of Jasmin, Geranium, Bergamot and Sweet Orange. Choose from shower gel to wake you up and start your day happy, a beautiful smelling oil suitable for bath and body or a pulse point roller, to carry with you throughout the day.

Neal’s Yard Geranium & orange range, creates positive vibes, while the citrus range uplifts and energises.

The Body Shops, mango and grapefruit ranges are ideal to uplift and promote happy feelings!

How Do Happy Essential Oil Blends Work?

Essential oils are the pure oils extracted from the leaves & flowers of plants, herbs, fruit or even the bark, resin and roots of trees. The molecules in essential oils, are so fine that they can penetrate the skin, when applied topically.

They can be absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin, and have an effect on the skin cells of the lower layers and from here the essential oils, can enter the bloodstream and travel around the body to have a positive effect where it is needed.

In the case of essential oils for happiness, the oils mainly work on the nervous system to soothe anxiety, relieve tension and aid the release of our ‘happy hormones’.

In addition to this the molecules can also penetrate through the membranes of the nose, when inhaled. The area here, is linked to a section of the brain that deals with smells and aromas, so the essential oils have an effect on the brain and can instantly uplift us and help us feel more positive, when happy essential oils are inhaled.

Precautions To Take With Essential Oils

The use of essential oils is fairly safe, however it must be remembered that even though they are natural and pure, they each have a complex chemical composition.

The precautions for each of the essential oils in this article, are stated beneath each oil, however if ever in any doubt of the use of essential oils, please consult your GP or local qualified aromatherapist.

Essential oils should always be diluted in a carrier before use on the skin, and should never be ingested.

About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist, and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years of experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, which has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.