Essential oils and the happy effect

Turn up the sweetness with citrus

If you’ve ever had the experience of interacting with sweet orange oil, you know it’s difficult to be around that particular aroma without smiling. Known as a ‘happy oil,’ sweet orange and other citrus oils have a tendency to contribute to the happy effect. Essential oils can help remind us of the more pleasurable aspects of life, and even invite an upbeat attitude to anotherwise 'meh' mood. A few other oils associated with this effect include lemon, lime, grapefruit, bergamot and tangerine.  

For a quick boost in your daily happy, add citrus oils to your daily regimen and share your smile with the world.


Charlynn Avery
Contributor & Founding Member

An avid aroma enthusiast, I have devoted my career to understanding the connection between mind, body and spirit. I come from a diverse background in education, health and wellness and have practiced and taught in the arenas of bodywork, holistic therapies, yoga and plant medicine. I've been teaching about essential oil usage for 14 years with the last six years at Frontier Co-op educating about essential oils on behalf of the Aura Cacia brand. My passions are my family, reading, writing, gardening, natural healing, yoga, hiking, & travel. I believe the world is made a better place by small acts of kindness.

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March 18, 2018 - 9:34pm

Agree with this! I use lime essential oil and it makes me feel so happy. I notice the scent just makes me instantly feel better!!

Marie g S

February 24, 2018 - 3:30pm

Have just signed up for this program as i’m very interested in yoga and the use essential oils,but alot of things I’ve read were a little complicated. And expensive hope this one is for me

Jerry S

February 13, 2018 - 1:11am

Have anyone experienced these oil blends during labor?

Isabella R

February 6, 2018 - 12:18am

absolutely agree. I love making and using citrus blends or blends that contain citrus for both personal use and in my healing work with others

Susan C

February 5, 2018 - 8:31am

Bergamot and sweet orange are my most used oils. Always have them going especially in the winter months. Yoga and oils carry me into spring!!

April D

February 5, 2018 - 8:13am

Love citrus oils. Definitely uplifting and refreshing!

Katie E

February 5, 2018 - 5:48am

I love the citrusy oils. I clean houses and always use citrus in the spring for a bright cheery aroma.

Patricia K 1658235783

January 27, 2018 - 12:39pm

Citrus is so wonderfully uplifting! I love it too!

Angie O 195775537

January 24, 2018 - 5:45pm

This is so true. All the citrus oils lift me up. This is great for those of us the have depression. This helps.

Charlynn Avery

January 25, 2018 - 11:04am

I am with you - especially in the winter with dark, grey days, I start most of my mornings with citrus diffusions and can immediately smell the positivity :-)

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