Essential Oils for Depression :: WHICH Oils to Use + WHY they Work + HOW to Use Them
Can you remember a time when you were in nature—maybe a garden or a forest—and you felt a simple feeling of peace? As though you were connected to yourself, and uplifted from your worries?
Nature has an amazing ability to help everything feel in perspective.
That’s the kind of support we can get from some of the top essential oils for depression.
Many natural essential oil components have even been researched for their ability to calm the nervous system, and inspire happier feelings.
But it is important to know that:
Using essential oils for depression can be a very personal thing.
If you don’t have the right oils and method of use for YOU, then you might not use your blend very often, or experience the results that you hope for.
So I want to share 3 different Aromatherapy methods with you.
Then I’ll share how using Aromatherapy can help you feel more like yourself, and tell you 6 of my top essential oils for depression.
This way, you can choose an Aromatherapy method that works for you, decide the effects that you want to create, and choose oils with aromas that you really love.
3 Ways to Use the Top Essential Oils for Depression1. Diffuse the Oils
Diffusing essential oils for depression fills the air with their beautiful aromas. It transforms the atmosphere of a room into one that can help you feel more uplifted, mentally calm, and happy to be right where you are.
I typically diffuse about 8 or 9 drops, and run the diffuser for around 15 to 20 minutes.2. Make an Aromatherapy Inhaler
An Aromatherapy inhaler lets you breathe your essential oils in directly, instead of diffusing them through a room. This is a great option if you can’t diffuse essential oils at work, or if someone at home prefers not to smell them.
Any time you start to recognize familiar “low” feelings, you can take out your inhaler. Spending a few minutes taking deep breaths and letting the essential oils support you, can release a lot of tension from your muscles and help you feel very calm.
When I’m making an Aromatherapy inhaler, I use 15 drops of essential oil total.3. Make an Essential Oil Skin Cream
Applying essential oils for depression in a skin cream can help you feel so comforted—the cream nourishes your skin, and you can use a bit of self massage to work out any spots of tension.
Imagine your skin being surrounded by a protective layer of essential oils that want to comfort you (I sometimes think of it as an Aromatherapy hug!)
Try making a small blend of 1 oz (28 g) of natural, unscented cream, and adding 10 to 12 drops of essential oil into it.
You can use any unscented natural cream (or lotion) you like for this. All you have to do is add the essential oil drops into the cream, and stir them in gently. (Be patient—it can take a minute for the oils to be fully distributed through the cream.)
Now we’ve covered different Aromatherapy methods.
Let’s talk about 3 ways that Aromatherapy can emotionally support you during this time, and 6 of the top essential oils for depression.1. Essential Oils for Depression can UPLIFT you.
If you’re looking to support a feeling optimism and light-heartedness—to lift sensations of low energy and listlessness—essential oils can help!
Two of my favorites for this are Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) and Orange (Citrus sinensis).2. Essential Oils for Depression can CENTER you.
If you feel mentally scattered, as though there are a lot of things happening at once, and you can’t quite stay on top of it, essential oils can help center your mind. I also think of this as “circuitous thoughts” (the kinds of concerns that just loop over and over in your head), and overthinking.
Essential oils can offer the sense of being “at one with yourself.”
Two of my favorites for this are Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).3. Essential Oils for Depression can GROUND you.
“Grounding” is a word we hear a lot, but what does it really mean?
I think of being “ungrounded” as feeling disconnected from yourself, scattered, and like you just can’t quite feel settled because there is too much going on. How can you focus on the moment when there are so many other moments calling for your attention?
This is where essential oils can help! They can help you feel connected to your environment, similar to the feeling you get when you spend time in nature or a garden.
Two essential oils I love for this are Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) and Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides).
Now you have options!
Choose a few of your favorite top essential oils for depression, and use them in an Aromatherapy method that works for YOU.
This post gave you 6 of the top essential oils for depression, but there are plenty more that you can turn to.
Some of my favorites are floral essential oils. One reason floral essential oils are known as “heart notes” is for the way that they help calm our emotions. Floral essential oils, like Geranium, Lavender, and Jasmine, can help you feel reassured and secure.
Here are a few recipes that use “heart notes” to create feelings of comfort and happiness.
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