Which Essential Oil Is Best for Anxiety and Depression?
Life SUCKS sometimes, right?
For some folks (like me!), overwhelming feelings of depression and anxiety just don't go away. And while many turn to medication for relief, there are more all-natural approaches to treat these problems.
My personal favorite and highly effective remedy has been using essential oils, also called Aromatherapy. So I decided to spill the beans, and share it with you 🙂
By the way, if you don't have time to create your own oil mix, here's a good quality blend that is already researched, mixed and tested for you:
What is Aromatherapy?
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Aromatherapy is a form of herbal medicine, based on the use of essential oils from herbs, flowers and other plant parts. It is a contraction of the words "aroma" and "therapy" and represents treatment with scents.
Where did Aromatherapy originate?
The use of essential oils for treating problems has been practiced for over 6,000 years in Greece, Egypt, the Roman Empire, India and China. The Mayo Clinic and the National Cancer Institute is reportedly recommending such remedies. Even the US National Library of Medicine includes these essential oils on different scientific research studies.
If you are looking for a side-effect free and all-natural way to heal anxiety, stress and even depression, read on about the following essential oils and their uses. Here we go!
Top Essential Oils To Treat Anxiety And Depression
Lavender is considered the most used essential oil in the world, today. Ancient textbooks say that lavender essential oil has been used for religious and medicinal purposes for over 2,500 years. According to history, Romans widely used it for cooking, bathing and scenting the air while the Egyptians used it as a perfume and in the process of mummification.
Today, lavender oil gives us numerous benefits for our body in the following ways:
Reduces emotional stress and anxiety
Heals wounds and burns
Reduces acne and restores complexion of skin
Slows aging with the use of powerful antioxidants
Improves psoriasis and eczema
How Lavender Helps Anxiety & Depression
Lavender essential oils has been proven to treat anxiety and depression. According to some experts, there are over 150 different components inside the lavender which interact with each other to produce a curative effect to relief nervous system disorders. When inhaled, lavender is known to break down the fast brain wave which is the root cause of anxiety and replaces it with slower brain wave, helping a person to calm and relax.
How to Use Lavender Oil for Sleep Aid
To help you sleep at night, you can also use lavender oil by diffusing it in the air or applying 1-2 drops to your feet or pillow at night.
Chamomile is known to be one of the best medicine herbs to fight stress and promote relaxation. This is the main reason why most candles and other aromatherapy products like chamomile tea use this as an ingredient.
According to a research from “Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and Pharmacognosy Review,” inhaling chamomile vapors will provide soothing qualities to help ease depression.
This essential oil is also used for over 2000 years for treating vomiting, restlessness insomnia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
Clary sage has been noted to provide outstanding benefits for eyes, digestion, kidneys and nervous system. Clary sage oil is used to help calm and relax the nervous system, especially during stressful times, depression and insomnia.
For aromatherapy, clary sage oil can have numerous anxiety-fighting effects. It was also noted to enhance the effect of treatment for nervous system disorders which makes it easier to fight unwanted episodes of distress, anxiety and fear.
Bergamot essential oil is considered the best antidepressant because it’s very stimulating. This essential oil is recommended for creating a feeling of freshness, joy and positive energy by improving blood circulation.
According to a 2011 study in Thailand, bergamot oil shown the ability to work as a natural remedy for anxiety as it lowered the anxiety response in rats.
According to experts, the fruity fragrance brought by the bergamot essential oil restores the hypothalamus to a more calm state called homeostasis, which calms down a person suffering from stress, depression and anxiety. Moreover, it directs the nervous energy away from negative, addictive and unproductive behavior in which helps an individual to rediscover optimism and spontaneity. To experience the amazing benefits, you can apply this essential oil to back, neck and to your feet.
Jasmine Essential Oil
Jasmine essential oil is compared to a famous drug called valium. Like the well-known drug, jasmine oil calms the nerves of a depressed person and brings a feeling of calm and relaxation. This essential oil is very popular as a natural remedy for overcoming stress, improving mood and balancing hormones.
Through penetrating the skin or aromatherapy, the oils from the jasmine flower will have effect to body’s stress response, heart rate, body temperature, alertness, breathing and blood pressure.
You can use jasmine oil by inhaling through your nose or applying it directly to the skin. It is best to use undiluted for amazing and pure results. You can also diffuse it in your home and even combine with other lotions for different body and household uses, like soaps, body scrubs, candles.
Best Ways To Use Essential Oils For Anxiety and Depression Relief
- Method 1 - Diffuse
Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil in a diffuser and diffuse during the day to help calm your mind. You can use it in the evening to help you sleep soundly and early. Alternatively, leave a few drops on your pillow to breathe in easily while you fall asleep.
- Method 2 - Inhalation
Add 1-2 drops of your chosen essential oil on your palms and rub them together to spread the oil. Cup them over your nose and take 4-6 deep and slow breaths to ease your anxiety, stress and depression.
You can as well create a handy breathe in essential oils by adding 2-4 drops of essential oils on a cotton ball and zip them in an airtight bag. You can sniff it whenever needed.
- Method 3 - Massage
Add 8-10 drops of essential oil of your choice to 3 ounces of carrier oil to get a relaxing and uplifting massage.
- Method 4- Rub
Add 5-10 drops of essential oils to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil or lotion without perfume. Rub the mixture on your chest, feet, wrist, neck and ears for best results.
- Method 5 - Relaxing Bath
Add 5-10 drops of essential oil to your bath in order to ease the feeling of anxiety, stress and depression. Dilute the essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil before you put it to your bath if you have a sensitive skin.