Statistics show that 1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of diagnosable mental health disorder at some point in their life. Mental health disorders can range from mood disorder, anxiety, depression to a more serious form of mental disorder like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Bi-polar and Schizophrenia, but do not underestimate the silent killer that is responsible for over 60% of all human illness’s and disease.
The sad news is that it is becoming increasingly common, and it could be effecting someone close to you without even knowing they are suffering from depression. Some signs of depression might be fatigue, sadness, moodiness, low sex drive, low self-esteem, loss of appetite, and declining invitations to go out with friends.
If you are being treated by a doctor for depression, they have no doubt prescribed an antidepressant pharmaceutical medication to help treat the condition. These antidepressants work by altering the balance of certain chemicals in your brain. Like all pharmaceutical medication, this can come with nasty side effects, including nausea, blurred vision, dry mouth, and drowsiness, loss in sexual desire, dizziness, agitation, irritability, anxiety, and even weight gain.
However, the good news is, there are natural remedies for depression, like using certain essential oils. Clinical studies have shown that essential oils have proven to elevate mood. When the scent of an essential oil is inhaled, molecules enter the nasal cavities and stimulate a firing of mental responses in the limbic system of the brain. Our emotions and hormone balance are in response to the most basic of smells, making essential oils very powerful in our day to day lives because they are a direct pathway to memory and emotion.
Below are four essential oils to assist with depression:
Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. It is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities which continues to be Lavender’s most notable qualities. Lavender Essential Oil helps elevate mood and has long been used to help battle depression. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and back of the neck. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must have oil to have on hand at all times.
Bergamot is the most delicate of the citrus plants, requiring special climate and soil in order to thrive. Italians have used Bergamot for years to reduce feelings of stress. Bergamot is unique among citrus oils due to its ability to be both uplifting and calming, making it ideal to help with anxiety and sad feelings. Bergamot is a great antidepressant and because it’s very stimulating and can create a feeling of joy, freshness and energy by improving the blood circulation.
Roman Chamomile grows close to the ground, reaching only up to a foot in height. It has grey-green leaves, flowers that resemble a daisy, and smell like apple. The plant has been nicknamed the “plant’s physician” because it had positive effects on plants growing nearby. Ancient Romans used the oil for courage during war. Chamomile is one of the best medicinal for fighting stress and promoting relaxation. It also provides soothing qualities to help with depression.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is derived from the star-shaped flower of the topical Ylang Ylang tree and is used extensively in aromatherapy to lessen tension and stress and to promote a positive outlook. It has amazing benefits for starving off depression and negative emotions associated with depression. Inhaling Ylang Ylang can have immediate and positive effects on your mood and works because of its mild sedative like effects, which can reduce stress levels helping to promote relaxation. Ylang Ylang blends well with Bergamot.
It is important to make sure that any essential oil that you use is 100% pure. The reason I choose doTERRA essential oils.
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Disclaimer: *The information on this blog is based upon my research and personal use of doTERRA Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. The statements, products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here.