Essential oils are an effective treatment for depression with minimal side effects and no risk of overdose. These oils can be both inhaled directly or through an inhaler’s tube, with other methods of applications including adding oil to bathwater and carrier oils. Essential oils can also be used as part of massage oils and pose additional benefits when different oils are combined. To ensure absolute safety, essential oils are not recommended for use by children, pregnant women or individuals with existing medical problems. Always seek professional advice before incorporating essential oils into your depression treatments. Remember to do a skin test for allergies before applying larger amounts of essential oils. The list below provides seven essential oils that are beneficial for treating depression.
Bergamot oil is extracted from the peel of a citrus fruit and is often used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis. It is often used to treat medical conditions including depression and pain associated with cancer. In one study, bergamot oils were shown to reduce anxiety in patients who experienced preoperative anxiety. Bergamot as an essential oil provides huge potential as a holistic approach to be used in lowering anxiety levels.
Lavender is perhaps the most popular essential oil with significant results in lowering anxiety levels and associated symptoms of depression. Aside from the wonderful smell that we all love, it is also effective in treating fatigue and insomnia linked to conditions of chronic depression. Lavender has been shown to contain positive prospects as a therapeutic treatment for anxiety and stress.
Another popular essential oil, jasmine is known for its benefit as an antidepressant, aphrodisiac and antiseptic. The oil is extracted from the jasmine flower, most commonly the common jasmine variety. Jasmine contains properties that stimulate the release of serotonin in the body, which helps regulate mood and increase levels of energy. This recipe for jasmine tea can be used to make a nice cup of tea before bedtime for a good night’s rest.
When life hands you lemons, use them as essential oils! This often overlooked citrus fruit has many more uses than adding a slice to your tea or squeezing it over your seafood. As an aromatherapy treatment for depression, lemon essential oil helps relieve feelings of exhaustion, anxiety and stress. It can also be used to treat conditions of insomnia, asthma and stomach ailments caused by depression.
This essential oil is mostly extracted from the Damascus Rose variety for its notable aroma and high oil content. As a therapeutic aroma, rose oil is thought to enhance mental strength by boosting confidence levels. Pour a drop in your bath or use as a massage oil to not only smell good but feel great as well.
Sandalwood is a popular fragrance added to perfumes and extracted from matured Sandalwood trees through a process of steam distillation. There are several varieties of sandalwood, with the Australian sandalwood being used in most commercial products as the Indian and Hawaiian types are very expensive. Sandalwood essential oils are helpful in easing anxiety and depression, while assisting to relieve symptoms of fatigue and lowering blood pressure.
Patchouli is an essential oil known for its ability to release dopamine and serotonin through the body, chemicals which induce a feel-good feeling that alleviates the anxiety and fear caused by depression. It can also help regulate eating patterns and acts as an antioxidant. This aromatic oil is one of the few essential oils that are safe for use in adolescents although a medical professional should always be consulted for proper dosage instructions. Whether you prefer the sweet smell of rose or the comfort of musky sandalwood, essential oils hold several potential benefits that help with depression and related symptoms. Citrus tones are present in lemon and bergamot oils, while jasmine, patchouli and lavender provide a floral boost of energy. There are enough types to choose from and most of these essential oils can be combined for greater benefits to help with the condition of depression. Marcus Clarke has a degree in psychology, a master’s degree in health psychology and has worked within the NHS as well as private organizations. Marcus started psysci a psychology and science blog in order to disseminate research into bitesize, meaningful and helpful resources. To read much more about battling the evils of depression, pick up a copy of The TOT Bible.