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Essential Oils for Depression: 
10 Essential Oils to
Comfort and Uplift You

Essential oils have been used since antiquity to treat a host of medical conditions, including depression.

Why are essential oils so effective at relieving depression?

For one thing they use the power of plants to stimulate the limbic region of the brain which helps to regulate mood, blood pressure, stress, hormones even your heart rate.  


Essential Oils for Depression:10 Essential Oils to Comfort and Uplift You
Essential Oils for Depression:10 Essential Oils to Comfort and Uplift You

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What Are The Best Essential Oils For Depression?

1.  Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium essential oil is perfect for elevating your mood. This essential oil also has a positive effect on stress level, heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing.

2.  Rose Essential Oil

Suffering from depression and low libido?  Try rose essential oil. Everyone knows that roses are synonymous with romance. Right?

Well, guess what?

Rose essential oil may help improve libido, helping to lessen depression in the process.  In addition to raising libido, this essential oil sharpens memory and reduces stress. Surprisingly, there's evidence that stress is linked to depression.

Certain essential oils shouldn't be used by pregnant women, children or individuals with respiratory problems. Other essential oils may cause sensitivity to sunlight a.k.a photosensitization.  


3.  Clary Sage Essential Oil

I like to think of Clary sage as the self-esteem booster of essential oils.  Feeling hopeless, a lack of confidence and low self-esteem are par for the course with depression.

Well, it just so happens that Clary sage essential oil increases confidence, sharpens your mind and makes you feel good about yourself. Feeling better about yourself will empower you to take further action in managing your depression.

4.  Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood has a rich, woodsy and sweet aroma that will make you feel as though you're being covered by a blanket of calm.  You'll also feel strengthened by a sense of inner peace. 

5. Ylang-ylang Essential Oil

This essential oil relaxes your nerves, helps regulate breathing and lowers adrenaline. Ylang-ylang essential oil also helps with fighting anxiety, anger, and panic attacks.

Just so you know...

You should learn as much as you can about essential oils before attempting to use them.  It's a good idea to get help from an experienced aromatherapist who can guide you in selecting the essential oils that suit your specific needs. 


7. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is perhaps one of my favorite essential oils because it makes me feel calm and centered. It's great for insomnia, a common symptom of depression. It's also useful for relieving lowering headaches and pain.

8.  Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Another great insomnia buster is Roman chamomile.   This essential oil has a natural calming effect which is perfect for anxiety. It may seem unlikely, but both anxiety and depression often happen at the same time.  

9.  Jasmine Essential Oil

Jasmine is one of the most popular essential oils for depression and anxiety. It helps to balance emotions by increasing GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) activity of your brain.  Jasmine has been compared with Valium because of its ability to relax and calms nerves. 

10. Wild Ginger Essential Oil

This is a new one for me.  But evidence suggests that wild ginger is pretty good at relieving depression. 

In a study of overly stressed mice, the one that inhaled wild ginger essential oil were less stressed and less depressed.  Scientists think that this essential oil activates the brain's feel good chemicals.

How to Apply These Essential Oils for Depression

There are plenty of methods for using essential oils in aromatherapy.

•ŸPut a few drops of essential oils in your bath water.
•Use an aromatherapy diffuser to distribute essential oils throughout your home.
•Use essential oils to massage your body.  Essential oils can also be used in hair care products like shampoos and conditioners.

Essential oils can cause an allergic reaction, so never apply them to your skin unless first diluted in carrier oil. For skin application, like a massage, blend one once carrier oil for every 3-6 drops of essential oil. 

Do a skin patch test by applying a small amount of carrier/essential oil mixture to your skin and wait 24 hours to see how you react.

Common carrier oils include:

-Coconut oil
-Jojoba oil
-Sweet almond oil
-Olive oil

Essential oils should only be bought from a reputable manufacturer.  You may want to seek out a trained aromatherapist for a recommendation.


Essential Oils for Depression:
Additional Resources

Aroma Web-This website provides a plethora of information on essential oils. Here you'll find recipes, links to reputable essential oil distributors, etc.


I hope this article helps you on your journey to better mental health!

Brighter skies are ahead,




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