Harness The Healing Properties Of Essential Oils For Depression

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Essential Oils Therapy

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the oils distilled from aromatic herbs. They are used in the practice of aromatherapy, a natural healing technique that focuses on the connection between our sense of smell and our brains.

In aromatherapy for depression, specific oils and oil blends are used to target areas in the brain that control emotions.

Studies show that the aromas from natural plant oils work almost immediately on specific brain centers. Aromas have different effects, depending on the specific oil or blend of oils used.

Aromas pass through the capillaries in our sinuses and activate nerves called olfactory nerves that are directly connected to the brain.

We often overlook the power of our sense of smell, but it may actually be the most powerful of our senses in terms of its connection to our emotions. Because of this, aromatherapy is an effective natural treatment for depression for many people.

Essential Oils In Natural Medicine

Chinese Herbs

The therapeutic use of essential oils has long been an essential part of both Naturopathy and traditional Chinese medicine (Ayurveda).

High quality essential oils are thought to facilitate the flow of prana – or life force – and so they have been used medicinally for centuries.

In addition, Chinese medicine suggests that aromatherapy can directly affect Shen, the spiritual essence that governs consciousness.

Finally, scientific studies on pain suggest that certain oils can both alleviate pain and lift depression in people who suffer from conditions like arthritis.

Which Essential Oils Can Be Used In Aromatherapy For Depression?

TickHow To Choose Essential Oils For Depression

Before deciding which oils to use for your depression, you should know how to choose a product that will be both safe and effective.

There are many products marketed as essential oils, but when choosing an oil to use therapeutically, make sure it is a high quality product.

Ideally the oil should be organic and manufactured according to GMP (good manufacturing practice) standards.

It’s difficult to choose a single best essential oil for depression. First, consider the specific symptoms you experience most and choose oils that are helpful in alleviating those symptoms.

You probably find that you are naturally more drawn to certain aromatic oils than to others.

Some suggestions follow.

Too reduce anxiety and promote relaxation, try essential oils from one or more of the following:

Chamomile – a plant similar to a daisy that is used to make relaxing tea

Clary sage – a type of medicine herb

Frankincense – an herb used since biblical times for its healing properties

Ylang ylang – the oil from a tree commonly called the “perfume tree”

Patchouli – an herb in the mint family

If you experience chronic fatigue as a symptom of depression, try one or more of these:

Geranium – from the geranium flower

Lavender OilLavender – widely used for its relaxing and calming properties

Peppermint – the herb used to flavor peppermint candies and teas

Basil – an herb used in Mediterranean cooking that also has medicinal properties

Rosemary – another herb used to flavor foods that is used for its healing properties

Feelings of sadness may be lifted with:

Bergamot –a type of orange which produces the flavoring used in Earl Grey tea

Rose – a flower well-known for its uplifting fragrance

Atlas cedarwood – a type of cedarwood highly regarded for its uplifting aroma

Neroli – the blossom of the bitter orange tree

QuestionHow To Use Essential Oils For Depression

There are a few ways to use essential oils for depression. The simplest way, of course, is to open a bottle of oil and inhale the aroma for a quick mood boost.

Some other techniques of aromatherapy for depression include:

Room Diffuser1. Use a room diffuser.

Room diffusers are used to heat oil with a candle in order to disperse the aroma throughout a room. There are also electric and battery operated diffusers that can be used for the same purpose.

2. Take a bath with oils.

Essentials oils can be added to warm bath water. You can then relax in the scented water and experience the benefits of aromatherapy for depression.

3. Use aromatherapy lotions or bath products.

These are often best when you make them yourself by adding high quality essential oils to unscented body lotions or other personal care products. There are also scented lotions and bath products available commercially.

4. Use a spray bottle for an aromatic spritz.

Fill a spray bottle with pure water and add a few drops of oil. Then spritz the room whenever you need to lift your spirits.

5. Try aromatherapy at bedtime.

You can put a few drops of essential oil on your pillow or on a tissue that you slip under your pillow case. Some oils can be applied directly to the nostrils at bedtime.

If you choose to apply any essential oil to your skin, be sure that it will not burn or be irritating. Read the label on the bottle, and follow the directions for topical use.

6. Use aromatherapy massage oil.

Again, you can make this yourself by adding essential oils to unscented massage oil. Aromatherapy massage oils are also available commercially.

Depression bookUsing essential oils and aromatherapy is just one way that you can take control of managing your depression.

If you want to find out more about depression and how to find relief from its symptoms, the comprehensive ebook “End Your Depression” can help.

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