Many people use essential oils as complementary treatments for common conditions, including depression. Below, I reveal the essential oils recommended to ease the symptoms of depression, and how to use these special oils to feel better.
We all need to feel better, at one time or another. And natural treatments should be considered, as part of a holistic approach to getting (& staying) healthy again.
Important note; essential oils aren’t a cure for depression. They’re a drug-free option, that may help relieve some of your symptoms and help you manage the condition. In most cases, essential oils are safe and free of side effects.
Depression, Essential Oils & Other Natural Treatments
Depression is a normal & quite common reaction to things in our lives that are not working the way we would like them to. A feeling of not being in control of elements in our lives can trigger episodes of depression.
Essential oils can help get you through tough periods, while you, with the help of friends, family, medical professionals & treatments, work to change a few things in our lives to reduce the impact of what’s causing you to be depressed.
Some researchers surmise essential oils may activate the serotonergic system, which is a system of brain transmitters associated with depression. This may slow the release of stress hormones.
Here’s what the research says;
Lavender The floral yet earthy scent of lavender oil is often valued for its calming effects. Research suggests that lavender aromatherapy may help:
- relieve anxiety
- decrease stress
- improve mood
- promote relaxation
The herb itself may also help depression. Researchers in one study compared the effectiveness of a lavender tincture to the antidepressant imipramine.
A tincture is different from an essential oil. Tinctures are made from fresh herbs and a grain alcohol such as vodka. Researchers concluded that lavender tincture might be a beneficial, adjuvant therapy to treat mild to moderate depression.
Wild Ginger According to a 2014 animal study, wild ginger may have antidepressant qualities. Researchers found that stress-challenged mice that inhaled wild ginger oil experienced less stress. They also exhibited less depression-like behaviors.
Bergamot The citrus scent of bergamot oil is known for being both uplifting and calming. According to a 2013 study, bergamot oil aromatherapy significantly reduced anxiety in patients awaiting outpatient surgery. Although depression and anxiety are different disorders, they often happen at the same time. Anxiety is also a possible complication of depression. It’s unclear how bergamot eases apprehension. It may help reduce the release of stress hormones during stressful situations.
Other Oils Studies have shown that both ylang-ylang oil and rose oil have calming and relaxing effects. The oils can also decrease what are called “autonomic functions,” such as your breathing rate, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Although other essential oils are thought to relieve symptoms of depression, supporting evidence is mostly anecdotal.
Some of these oils to consider, are:
- sweet orange
How to use essential oils for depression
These essential oils are primarily recognized for their aromatic effects on depression and its symptoms. Whether you choose to inhale the scent directly or allow it to disperse into the area is up to you. You should still be able to benefit from its effects either way.
Here are the most common methods for scent inhalation:
- Inhale the scent directly from the oil’s bottle or inhaler tube
- Dab a few drops of the essential oil onto a cotton ball and inhale directly
- Add several drops of the oil to a diffuser and inhale indirectly
- Create an aromatherapy bath by adding several drops of essential oil diluted with honey, milk, or a carrier oil to your bathwater
- Enjoy an aromatherapy massage by adding a few drops of the essential oil to your favorite massage oil
Combining essential oils may also help depression, according to one study. Fifty-eight hospitalized hospice patients with terminal cancer received either a hand massage with general massage oil or aromatherapy massage oil on seven consecutive days. The aromatherapy oil was made with frankincense, lavender, and bergamot essential oils.
People who received the aromatherapy massage experienced significantly less pain and depression. Give essential oils a try, in conjunction with help from medical professionals.
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Text Source: Healthline