EO-Flavored Water: Cucumber Lime

Cucumbers are abundant this time of year. Perhaps you even have a bunch in your garden. Have you ever thought of using them to flavor water? Their flavor is subtle, but it’s so refreshing, especially when paired with lime essential oil. To make this essential oil–flavored water, just add a drop of lime essential oil to your water along with some cucumber slices.

Guidelines for Adding Essential Oils to Your Water:

  • Make sure to use an essential oil–safe water bottle! Glass or metal cups, bottles, and straws work great. Plastic should be avoided, especially with cinnamon or citrus essential oils.
  • This Natural Essential Oil Emulsifier really helps disperse the oils throughout your water. Just add 1 drop of emulsifier for every drop of essential oil. If you don’t want to use the emulsifier, then remember to shake the bottle to mix in the oils before drinking. When taken internally, essential oils can irritate the mucous membranes—especially when concentrated on the surface of the water—so make sure to add an emulsifier or shake the bottle really well before drinking.
  • Remember, a little goes a long way! If you don’t know whether you’ll like the taste, start out small—dip a toothpick in the oil and swish it in your water (the more you dip, the more oil you’ll get). A good rule of thumb is 1 drop oil to 1–4 cups of water.
  • Safety Note: Essential oils are very concentrated, and it is easy to overload the body if adding oils to your water every day. Occasionally is fine, but make sure to give your body a break in between uses.

12 Epsom Salt Bath Blends

Though the name is misleading, epsom salt isn’t really a salt, but rather a naturally occurring, pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium is used in the body to help regulate the activity of over 325 enzymes, reduce inflammation, help muscle and nerve function, and help prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and ease migraine headaches.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the associated health benefits. Experts suggest that taking regular epsom salt baths can help you look better, feel better, and gain more energy. And, of course, when essential oils are added to the mix, the health benefits increase and can be customized to your specific needs.

Making your own epsom salt bath blends is really easy! Feel free to use whatever essential oils you feel your body needs.

Epsom Salt Bath Blends

  • Servings: 2–4 baths
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Combine essential oils with salt in the PET Jar.
  2. To use, dissolve 1/4–1/2 cup (60–120 g) of this bath salt mixture in warm bathwater before bathing.

Essential Oil Blends:

Relaxing Bliss:
5 drops lavender
5 drops petitgrain
3 drops fennel
2 drops orange
Soothe Your Troubles:
4 drops lavender
4 drops Roman chamomile
4 drops cedarwood
3 drops lemongrass
Refreshed and Ready to Go:
5 drops peppermint
4 drops lavender
3 drops grapefruit
3 drops lemongrass
Uplifting Bath:
5 drops juniper berry
3 drops orange
3 drops lime
Invigorating Bath:
3 drops cypress
2 drops bergamot
2 drops orange
Refreshing Calm:
5 drops petitgrain
5 drops ylang ylang
5 drops orange
Warming Bath:
2 drops black pepper
5 drops juniper berry
5 drops lavender
Relax in the Woodlands:
1 drop spikenard
1 drop vetiver
5 drops cedarwood
10 drops white fir
4 drops cypress
A Night of Romance:
5 drops ylang ylang
2 drops geranium
2 drops rose
2 drops orange
1 drop sandalwood
Relaxing Bath for Men:
5 drops sandalwood
4 drops orange
2 drops vetiver
Soothing Bath for Women:
4 drops grapefruit
4 drops clary sage
4 drops ylang ylang
3 drops geranium
Good Morning, Sunshine:
4 drops rosemary
6 drops grapefruit
5 drops petitgrain

Tip: If you have a bottle of essential oil that is pretty much empty, remove the orifice reducer and cap, and place the bottle in a cup of epsom salt. Allow it to sit for a couple days, and the epsom salt will absorb all the essential oil remaining in the bottle and scent your bath salts!

Bath salts are something everyone can use, and they make great gifts! You can also use this simple recipe in an essential oil make-and-take class—just provide the epsom salt, jars, essential oils, cute vinyl labels, and recipes; then let your attendees have some fun putting their own bath salts together!

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
Healing Oils: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller & David Schiller

Tomato Basil Soup

If you have a garden this summer and need an idea that uses tomatoes, look no further! This soup is perfect for the cooling days and it pairs wonderfully with our Rosemary Artisan Sourdough Bread. It can even be frozen and thawed for a later meal—just remember to add the essential oils after it has been reheated.

Tomato Basil Soup

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 3 Tbsp. butter, avocado oil, or coconut oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced or coarsely sliced
  • 2–4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3–4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 quart bone broth
  • 5–6 large tomatoes, stems removed and chopped in half
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 2 drops basil essential oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or 1 ripe avocado
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish (whole leaves or cut ribbons)

Instructions:

  1. In a soup pot, saute butter/oil, onions, and carrots for 3–4 minutes until softened. Add garlic and tomato paste; stir for another minute.
  2. Pour in the bone broth, and add the tomatoes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium low and allow the soup to simmer for 20–30 minutes.
  4. Transfer soup to a blender (or use an immersion blender) and add honey, cream or avocado, and essential oils. Blend until smooth or as chunky as you like. You can also remove some of the tomatoes and chop them a little smaller and add them back to the soup after blending it. Add salt to taste.
  5. Garnish with basil leaves and serve immediately.

Note: We like to make this in an electric pressure cooker. Follow the instructions above, but rather than simmering the soup, just secure the lid, seal the valve, and cook on high pressure (or use the soup setting) for 10 minutes then quickly release the pressure. Add honey and other ingredients before blending.

EO-Flavored Water: Strawberry Lime

Strawberries and lime make a great flavor infusion for water! Try this essential oil-flavored water by adding a drop of lime essential oil to your water along with some strawberry and lime slices. You’ll love the refreshing taste of this drink! If you wish to use a straw, make sure to use a glass or metal straw because citrus essential oils can break down plastic straws.

Guidelines for Adding Essential Oils to Your Water:

  • Make sure to use an essential oil–safe water bottle! Glass or metal cups, bottles, and straws work great. Plastic should be avoided, especially with cinnamon or citrus essential oils.
  • This Natural Essential Oil Emulsifier really helps disperse the oils throughout your water. Just add 1 drop of emulsifier for every drop of essential oil. If you don’t want to use the emulsifier, then remember to shake the bottle to mix in the oils before drinking. When taken internally, essential oils can irritate the mucous membranes—especially when concentrated on the surface of the water—so make sure to add an emulsifier or shake the bottle really well before drinking.
  • Remember, a little goes a long way! If you don’t know whether you’ll like the taste, start out small—dip a toothpick in the oil and swish it in your water (the more you dip, the more oil you’ll get). A good rule of thumb is 1 drop oil to 1–4 cups of water.
  • Safety Note: Essential oils are very concentrated, and it is easy to overload the body if adding oils to your water every day. Occasionally is fine, but make sure to give your body a break in between uses.

Tangerine Lemon Cheesecake

Do you have a pressure cooker? We love the way pressure cookers cook dishes faster and more “hands off.” Although cheesecake is often viewed as time consuming and a little tricky, cooking a cheesecake in the pressure cooker makes it fairly easy to get just right every time. The nice thing about using a pressure cooker is that it creates a built-in water bath that prevents cracking and gives the cheesecake a creamier texture.

We used an electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot®) and a 6″ × 3″ push pan. You can use a springform pan or even small (4–8 oz.) widemouthed mason jars for individual servings. If you have a stovetop pressure cooker, then heat it until you have low pressure and cook for 35 minutes; then remove from heat and allow the pressure to release naturally.

We know that not everyone has a pressure cooker, but they are a growing trend for a reason! If you don’t have a pressure cooker, just add 2 drops of citrus essential oil to your favorite cheesecake recipe, and bake it as normal. You’ll love the hint of citrus the oils add to the dish!

Tangerine Lemon Cheesecake

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Moderate–Difficult
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Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 pack (136 g) graham crackers or digestive biscuits
  • 2 tsp. (8 g) sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. (28 g) butter, melted

Filling Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. (454 g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 2 tsp. (5 g) all-purpose flour or 1 Tbsp. (10 g) potato starch (optional, but makes a denser texture)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 drop tangerine or orange essential oil
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, room temperature

Sweet Cream Topping

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp. (8 g) sugar (more if using greek yogurt)
  • 1 toothpick tangerine essential oil (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare a 6″ (15 cm) cheesecake pan by greasing it and lining the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Crust: To make the crust, place crackers and sugar in a blender, and pulse until small crumbs form.
    Add the melted butter, and pulse until combined.
  3. Firmly press the mixture in the bottom of the pan and up 1″ (2.5 cm) of the side of the pan. Place the pan in the freezer while you work on the filling.
  4. Filling: For the filling, blend together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, vanilla extract, and essential oils in an electric stand mixer or with a sturdy hand mixer. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Add the eggs and egg yolk one at a time, lightly mixing until just combined with each egg. Be careful not to overmix the eggs.
  6. Pour the filling on top of the crust (make sure to cover the crust completely).
  7. Pat the sides to get out as many air bubbles as possible. This can take a few minutes. You can also pop the air bubbles that come to the surface with a pointy knife or fork.
  8. Cover the cheesecake with a paper towel, and then secure the paper towel with aluminum foil. Make sure none of the paper towel is visible (it can act as a wick and bring moisture to the surface of the cheesecake). Place the cheesecake in the middle of an aluminum sling (a long section of aluminum foil folded in thirds lengthwise).
  9. Pour 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) of water into the pressure cooker, and place the trivet in the pot. Lift the cheesecake using the aluminum sling, and gently place it in the pressure cooker. Fold the sling over the cheesecake and secure the lid in place. Make sure the pressure valve is sealed.
  10. Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes, and allow the pressure to release naturally for 18 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure.
  11. After all the pressure has been released, gently lift the cheesecake out using the aluminum sling. Remove the foil and paper towel. Tilt the cheesecake pan, and dab off any liquid from the side of the pan. The center of the cheesecake should be a little jiggly, but not wet. Note: If it doesn’t look cooked enough (i.e., it looks too wet), return cheesecake to pressure cooker, and cook for 5 minutes with an 18-minute natural pressure release.
  12. Sweet Cream Topping: Mix up the sweet cream topping by whisking the sour cream and sugar together until combined. Stir in a toothpick of tangerine essential oil if you want a little extra citrusy flavor. Spread the mixture on top of the cheesecake. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour.
  13. Lightly cover, and chill in the refrigerator. The pan can be removed easily after an hour in the refrigerator. If you want to eat it by that point, no one will blame you! However, the texture will improve significantly if it can chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Enjoy!

Extra Ideas:

  • If you don’t have a cheesecake pan, you can use small mason jars for single servings—just divide the ingredients among each of the jars. For 4 oz. widemouthed jars, cook for 4 minutes with a 15-minute natural pressure release. For 8 oz. widemouthed jars, cook for 7 minutes with a 15-minute natural pressure release.
  • If you have a stovetop pressure cooker, heat it until you have low pressure, and cook for 35 minutes; then remove from heat, and allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Try experimenting with different cookies for the crust. Chocolate sandwich cookies, Biscoff®, vanilla wafers, ginger snaps, or other crispy cookies can be used.
  • This cheesecake tastes especially yummy when topped with this Lemon Curd or our Lemon-Berry Sauce (recipe below).


Lemon-Berry Sauce

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 3/4 cup (~110–15 g) frozen or fresh berries
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. If using frozen berries, place all berry topping ingredients in a pan on the stovetop, and heat just until the berries have thawed.
  2. Place berry topping ingredients in the food processor, and pulse until mixed.
  3. Use hot or cold to top cheesecake—either way it is delicious!

Note: Leftover berry sauce can be used to flavor plain yogurt or kefir, or it can be used on pancakes, waffles, or crepes.

Essential Yoga Practice: Combining Essential Oils with Yoga

If you are interested in yoga, whether you are a beginner or an expert, Asti Atkinson and Mona Flynn are with us today to share how you can get started using essential oils to add to the benefits of practicing yoga. Check out their book, DVD, and tear pad at AromaTools:


Is yoga for you? If it is, do you know how to effectively pair your yoga practice with essential oils? Do you teach yoga or know someone who does? Many yoga teachers have approached us with questions about how to introduce essential oils to their students. We’ve talked to yogis who are curious about essential oils but unsure where to start. We’ve also had many essential oil users ask us how to introduce essential oils to the yoga community, especially since more traditional yogis can be reluctant initially to introduce any type of aroma to a yoga practice.

These answers and more can be found in Essential Yoga Practice. This book clearly communicates the benefits of yoga, important information about essential oils, and how pairing these two practices can be so beneficial. It’s ideal for newcomers, yet also contains a wealth of information to help more seasoned yogis and oil users expand and deepen the benefits they experience.

In the last section of the book, yoga, wellness, and fitness expert Mona Flynn shares 6 original yoga sequences she has choreographed, and Asti Atkinson teaches how specific essential oils can have a powerful impact on your yoga experience. You’ll be able to watch these sequences in motion with the Essential Yoga Practice DVD.

Are you ready to teach others how to use essential oils with yoga in a simple way . . . or even get together with some friends for a self-guided tour of yoga with essential oils? Take home the new Essential Yoga Practice tear pad (available from AromaTools), and enjoy experimenting with oils and yoga. You’ll love the synergistic wellness pairing these two ancient practices provide for body, mind, and spirit.

About the Authors


Mona Flynn, MS, has over 25 years of experience in wellness and fitness. She holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and is a registered yoga teacher with over 500 hours of experience (RYT 500E). She is a long-standing member of both the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Mona is co-owner of the Institute of Integrated Yoga Therapy, which offers yoga teacher training programs, and owner of Lifefit Inc., a private yoga practice.

Asti Atkinson began her own natural wellness journey when she discovered essential oils in 1998, and she has been an essential oil distributor since 2010. She has educated thousands of people in groups around the world on the benefits of essential oils.

9th Edition of Modern Essentials + the New Handbook!

This year, along with the 9th Edition of Modern Essentials, we are also introducing the newest member of the Modern Essentials Family—the Modern Essentials Handbook!
As the name implies, the Modern Essentials Handbook is THE book that should be in the hands of every oil user, at home or on the go. And with an anticipated low introductory price, this book is an affordable option to gift to new essential oil users, as well as to have personal copies at home, at the office, in the car, at school, or everywhere that essential oils are used!
Features of the Modern Essentials Handbook include:

  • A beautifully redesigned introduction section that helps new (and old) users quickly and easily learn what essential oils are, where they come from, how they can be used, what tools are essential to use oils effectively, and how to use essential oils safely and effectively.

  • Beautiful new “Essential Essentials” oil highlight pages that feature additional information and images for some of the top oils and blends (helping new oil users know which oils and blends they should acquire to get started).

  • Convenient size that makes it easy to slip this book in a purse, bag, backpack, suitcase, or car so it can go anywhere! (The size of the Handbook is 6.75″ x 9″.)
  • Oil prompts note pages in the back of the book that allow users to keep their favorite oils and recipes handy.

  • All of the information users need to safely and effectively use pure, therapeutic-grade oils for hundreds of health conditions—physical, mental, and emotional.
  • A low price, making this very affordable—buy a case to give away to new users, or just have several copies on hand.
  • A beautiful new cover, with a unique texture and a stunning oil-drop pattern highlight that is visible when it catches the light.

All of these features really make the Modern Essentials Handbook the go-to book that everyone who uses, or is interested in, oils should have in their hands.

This new book complements our traditional Modern Essentials book (which we have given a new subtitle: “The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils”) very well.
While the Handbook is the “go-to” book, everyone should have a copy of the big Modern Essentials at home as a reference book for going deeper and learning more about essential oils as well as teaching others about the oils. Modern Essentials goes much more in depth on:

  • Application methods
  • Blending
  • Chemistry and chemical constituents
  • The historical use of essential oils and aromatic plants
  • How essential oils affect the body
  • Published scientific and medical research studies for single oils and conditions that support the therapeutic use of essential oils
  • Additional charts and illustrations
  • More detailed information and research supporting the use of ingredients found In essential oil–infused supplements and personal care products

The 9th Edition of Modern Essentials keeps all the features we know and love from the 8th Edition and has been updated with a beautiful new cover, 4 new oils, and additional personal care products.

Take advantage of the introductory prices and free shipping specials going on this week at AromaTools.com, and order these books today!

ESSENTIAL Oils All the Way

Our guest blogger today is Connie Boucher. Connie absolutely loves essential oils and has many personal experiences of using the oils to help her throughout her life. She is so excited to share her experiences with all of us! Don’t forget to take a look at her books and CD:


Using essential oils is not optional for me. In fact, oils are absolutely “essential” in my world! I have loved and appreciated pure, high-quality essential oils from the first time I inhaled their fresh, clean scents. And I’ve excitedly noted how well they worked when conventional medications let me down, but my own deep respect and appreciation for essential oils came during crisis situations.

While overall I am strong and healthy and function very well, I have experienced a couple of major health challenges in my life. And I’ve been through some life-threatening health crises. When I got viral meningitis, oils were—quite literally, I believe—a life safer for me.

Last year, while recovering from an emergency surgery to fix a perforated bowel and 2 subsequent, absolutely necessary, surgeries (something you never want to experience!), I had to have 3 major abdominal surgeries within a seven-and-a-half-month period in order for my body to function properly again. I can’t even imagine what I would’ve done without essential oils!

In May, I had to have a lung biopsy. Because a pre-surgery MRI showed significant masses in my lungs, my surgeon wouldn’t do hernia surgery (a 4th required surgery) until I was cleared by a pulmonologist.

So I had the biopsy, and, in short, the lung doc said my lungs didn’t look good. I had serious scarring (sarcoidosis), and it was bad enough that I should  have been gasping and wheezing for breath and not been able to talk without coughing. The recommended treatment was steroids. I said, “No thanks. Not happening.”

At that point, my doctor asked why not. I said, “Because they have serious side effects.” He agreed but said that they get results. I said, “Ha. Essential oils get results too, and there are no negative side effects.” He responded that there was no testing to prove that. I said, “Actually there is. . . . And I’m proof they work.”

To that, doc admitted I had a point. He said that when he looked at my scan and then looked at me it didn’t match up. He said I look strong and healthy and much younger than my age. And my lungs sound fine. No sign of having issues.

How about that? So I thanked him for the awareness that I have a lung project to work on, and we agreed that I’d just keep doing what I’ve been doing, because it’s obviously working quite well!

To sum up, I’ve used essential oils to ease pain and help me immensely as I’ve dealt with all sorts of conditions, including a serious case of pneumonia and shingles. I used oils to soothe shocked and unsettled emotions after my daughter unexpectedly died. I have oils in every room of my house and use them over and over again for practically everything, because they always work. Today I look and feel amazing. You’d never look at me and guess I’ve just gone through a year and a half of hellish health challenges!

I’ve had so many positive experiences with pure essential oils that they are always my go-to! It’s no wonder that I love them so much, and with much confidence and gusto, I highly recommend them!

About the Author


Connie Boucher empowers people to live healthier and happier lives! She’s a massage therapist, wellness coach, author, trainer, and entrepreneur with over 2 decades of experience in the healing field. She’s also happily married with a big family—10 kids and 18 grandkids. Connie has a lot going on, so she’s always on the lookout for super simple and effective ways to get things done, and then she loves sharing what she’s learned with others. Hence her business name, Super Simple Wellness. Connie is passionate about helping people understand how their body-mind-spirit works and what they need to do to keep all parts of themselves well-functioning. Her latest book, Chakra Wellness Made Simple, explains how energy works and illustrates many easy ways to live in harmony and alignment.

Fashion and Essential Oils

Today’s guest blogger, Paige Sorensen, has uniquely combined essential oils with fashion and shares how essential oils can help you learn to love your body. Thanks for sharing your insights, Paige!


Could someone tell what your message is if you didn’t say a word?

What influence do you have on those around you?

Is how you take care of your body on the inside reflected on the outside?

Do you see your body as a gift that should be embraced, honored, and loved?

When you open your closet, are your emotions mostly positive or negative?

My book @FashionandOils is a great guide to self-discovery to identifying you, identifying your opportunities, and executing them! This fun and interactive read offers daily applications that can help reduce stress and get you excited to face your closet every morning. I offer closet tips, shopping tips, essential oil tips, and experiences to help you start your day off with a positive, successful foundation. I am a thrifter by nature—which means none of what you need has to break the bank!

I love connecting to those around me. Fashion and essential oils allow me to do this on a greater level. I connect with others through clothing, personalities, uniqueness, passions, and vibrance. Fashion and essential oils allow you to connect with others in more meaningful ways. Caring about what you’re wearing, your health, your mind, your body, and your spirit are critical for success. My book and cards will help with clarification on your style and your body love. My purpose is for all of us to have confidence in our health and self-image and then pass this mentality to the younger generations. Love who you are and show it!
Doing a morning routine utilizing the aroma of essential oils has a powerful effect on your mood and vision. It is important to get essential oils on your body, and there is no better way to do it than while you are saying positive, uplifting statements about each body part. This is an action of taking ownership of your body and accepting and embracing who you are with positive affirmations. My aromatic cards show how to use a simple daily routine to learn to love your body, or fall in love with it again. They provide an easy 3-minute way for you to have positive statements with you at all times. Try it—I dare you!

Start by getting these products at AromaTools.com:

About the Author


Paige Sorensen, fashion stylist and image specialist, was born and raised in San Diego, where she learned the art of finding hidden treasures at thrift stores. Paige has worked in the fashion industry for last 15 years and has built an amazing essential oil team over the last 6 years. She has combined her two passions—fashion and essential oils—and now travels all over teaching about oils and how to find identity and confidence in clothing. She absolutely loves her job! She is deeply invested while she works with different clients or companies everyday. She recently moved to Utah with her 3 children and her husband, who all adore their favorite essential oils.

Are You Happy?

Our post today is by Rebecca Hintze, mental health expert and author of several books, including the following form AromaTools.com:

Keep reading, and take a moment to analyze your state of happiness and look for ways you can improve. Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing your knowledge with us!


Everyone wants to be happy, and everybody can be when we have healthy attitudes, beliefs, and values. Despite the increase in psychiatric drug use and talk of emotional disorders, the truth is, most people are happy. According to a recent study, people who live in relatively free countries (and aren’t in prison or psychiatric institutions) declare to be a least moderately cheerful in spite of their age, gender, and financial status.

It’s true that happy people behave and think differently than unhappy people. If we want to be one of the happy folks, we may need to take inventory of the following factors. Since the choice is ours, we can begin today to identify and adjust the reasons why we’re not behaving, believing—and therefore creating—happy lives.
According to research, here’s what makes a happy person:

  • Happy people are more loving, forgiving, trusting, decisive, creative, sociable, and helpful.
  • Some say that money doesn’t make you happy. This is not necessarily true. Research has shown that happier people have more money. There is a connection between wealth and well-being, though it is not significant. Stress from financial disorder does lead to depression. However, wealth cannot be attributed to redeeming a depressed person. And money only reports to support happiness when it meets needs and a little bit more. Wealth alone doesn’t predict happiness.
  • Happy people are more likely to set optimistic goals and strive to meet them.
  • Happy people have healthier immune systems that result from happy attitudes.
  • Happy people don’t suppress good feelings when they feel them. They laugh when they feel like it. If they receive a compliment, they accept it.
  • Happy people are less self-focused.
  • Happy people are less violent and aggressive.
  • Happier people are usually spiritual people. Though some studies show that some forms of active spirituality can correlate with prejudice and guilt, for the most part, a belief in God—and consequently, an active spiritual life—correlates well with several mental health criteria. People who are active in their church tend to be less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, divorce, or commit suicide.
  • Happy people have strong support systems. When we have a large crowd of loving friends and family, we are happier and healthier, and less likely to die prematurely.
  • Happy people are married. A large amount of data show that people are happier when they are attached, particularly married.

We have the choice to be happy by changing behaviors that make us unhappy.

For this week’s personal growth, take inventory of your state of happiness.

Ask yourself:

  • Do I have a healthy support system? If not, why? Do I have emotional walls that push people away, including a spouse or potential mate? If so, why?
  • Am I in debt or without a sufficient income and stressed as a result? If so, how did I get to this point? What beliefs do I have about money that prevent me from creating abundance?
  • Am I self-absorbed? If so, why? Do I believe I am worthy to have my needs met and do I allow others to meet my needs?
  • Do I set optimistic goals and try to reach them? If not, why?
  • Do I suppress laughter and reject compliments? If so, why?
  • Am I spiritually connected, believing in a divine, higher power of love, light, and truth?
  • Am I willing to love, forgive, trust, serve, and interact with others? If not, why?

For extra support, consider regularly diffusing citrus essential oils. All citrus essential oils are natural mood uplifters. With regular use, they have the ability to uplift mood and encourage happiness. Through self-exploration and by taking action, we can unlock the doors to living happier lives.

Many Blessings,

Rebecca Hintze

About the Author


Rebecca Hintze, MS, is considered an expert in the field of mental health, specializing in family issues and emotional intelligence. She is the international bestselling author of Healing Your Family History, distributed worldwide and translated into 8 different languages. She is the creator of The Emotions Mentor Course Series, and she’s also the author of the books Essentially Happy, Essential Oils for Happy Living, and Emotions and Essential Oils: An A–Z Guide.

Today, Rebecca speaks to audiences worldwide on healing family patterns, overcoming destructive behavior, increasing emotional intelligence, resolving health care issues naturally through essential oils and supplementation, and resolving family conflict.