Aromatherapy Oils for Depression

Using plant essences for good health and a sense of well-being is an ancient practice. The essential oils used in aromatherapy are extracted from flowers, fruits, roots, needles, twigs, and bark. Aromatherapy is non-invasive and is used as a preventive approach to health and as a treatment for illness.

Robert Tisserand wrote, “Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy that seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul." 

The essential oils can be applied in massage oil, bath water, inhaled via a diffuser, or a bowl of hot water. (Any oils used on the skin need to be diluted.) Those listed below are used alone and in combination as part of depression therapy. Aromatherapy is also common in spa therapy

Essential Oils for Depression

Balances the spirit, encouraging. Counteracts fatigue resulting and can be a component of stress therapy and anxiety therapy.
Clery Sage:
Eases the discomforts of menstrual cramps, PMS, and menopause.
Helps regulate emotions and calms the body. Often used for meditation.
Reduces problems during menstruation and menopause. Balances emotion.
Energizes and lifts the spirit, helps increase self-esteem.
Said to enhance creativity by opening the right side of the brain. Helps people process emotions and let go of their defenses.
Used as an aphrodisiac, and an antidepressant. Calms fears and generates optimism.
Soothing. Relaxes the body.
Stimulates circulation, energizing.
Has an uplifting and soothing quality. Can be used for insomnia.
Relieves a depressed mood and reduces anxiety.
a strong antidepressant, brightens the mood.
Roman Chamomile:
Eases menstrual cramp, insomnia, and headaches. Lowers stress and tension levels.
Used to relieve depression, hysteria, and to ease grief.
Relaxes the body, eases stress and irritability, and lifts depressive symptoms.
Ylang Ylang:
Relieves discomfort during PMS and menopause. An antidepressant, calming for the body and mind. Calms anger and mood swings.

If you are taking any prescription medications, check with your physician before using essential oils.


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