Let’s take a look at the properties of the 5 essential oils for depression, a special selection for your well-being.
When we talk about depression, we enter into the context of a very serious and often tortuous pathology. It must of course be addressed with the right tools by professionals in the field. However, some natural remedies can be used to support treatments, including essential oils.
States of asthenia, psychophysical exhaustion and even depression can arise more easily at the change of seasons. For example, school ends, a five-year study cycle comes to an end and life changes in some way. The torrid heat begins, one feels tired, empty.
From the experience of Aurum Wellbeing we recommend these 5 essential oils for depression.
1. Lemon Balm Essential Oil
Its name in Greek means “bee leaf”. For the ancients, lemon balm was a plant that with its solar energies participated in the life-giving process of honey. It was used to ward off bad moods and melancholy. It was recognized in herbal practices by the Greeks, the Romans, in the Arab tradition. Even the Carmelite friars had distilled an elixir of lemon balm that became famous for treating insomnia, neurosis, melancholy. Lemon balm essential oil acts on the nervous system with a relaxing but also toning effect. It is also indicated in cases of depressive states due to emotional trauma. It has a rebalancing effect, calms the excesses, strengthens the personality and controls the emotionality.
To be used in the room: 5 drops in a diffuser with hot water.
For internal use: 1 or 2 drops in a spoonful of honey with a lime tea.
Warnings We do not recommend the use of this oil for those suffering from thyroid dysfunction, because it could interfere with the medications used.
2. Lavender essential oil
The use of lavender has been handed down through the centuries and continues to this day. It is synonymous with hygiene, cleanliness, purification. It is a plant energetically ruled by the Moon and therefore very linked to the feminine world. Lavender essential oil is an excellent anti-inflammatory, decongestant. At the level of the central nervous system, it has a balancing action: it calms the excesses of emotion, promotes sleep, tones states of weakness and asthenia. It can be used in states of anxiety, stress, nervousness, as well as in states of melancholy, apathy, sadness.
Aromatic lavender bath: 3 or 4 drops in the bath water in the evening, to reconcile with the balance and purify yourself from the stresses of the day.
In the diffuser as environmental aromatherapy: 5 drops.
3 or 4 drops in a carrier oil to spread on the body after bathing.
3. Scots pine essential oil
The Scots pine is a hermaphrodite plant and produces both male and female flowers. Symbolically, it is a plant with great generative power, with a very strong vital energy. The essential oil of Scots pine is indicated to stimulate and energize in case of tiredness, apathy, depression. Its action affects the adrenal cortex for the production of hormones to support the body against stress and moments of psychophysical fatigue. It is a remedy with masculine strength: it calibrates and strengthens the personality, strengthens self-esteem and is a good sexual reenergizer.
For room diffusion: 5 drops.
Aromatic baths or showers: to dilute in a neutral shower gel or in a teaspoon of olive oil to massage on the body (3-4 drops).
Localized applications: 2 drops on the wrists or palms.
4. Jasmine essential oil
Always recognized as the essence of optimism and confidence, jasmine essential oil is a valuable aid in the fight against depression. With a lingering, floral aroma, it reduces tension, promotes sleep, improves its quality and relieves migraines.
Jasmine oil is used locally on the skin or spread in the environment.
5. Orange essential oil
The most outstanding and interesting property of this essence is its antidepressant capacity. Its use, in some subjects, has led to a significant reduction in the consumption of psychotropic drugs. Orange essential oil also acts on the endocrine and immune systems, restoring their altered balances.
With its fresh and fruity aroma, orange oil is used both locally, for environmental diffusion, and orally. In case of friction of the oil on the skin, it is recommended to protect the part from direct exposure to sunlight for at least 12 hours after application.
How to use essential oils for anxiety, stress and depression
Now let’s see what methods to use to get the best results from the consumption of the 5 essential oils for depression.
A few drops poured on the pillow allow us to directly inhale the essence throughout the night. Or again, pour 1-2 drops of essential oils on the palms of your hands, rub them together and, bringing them close to your nose, inhale deeply 4-5 times.
A few drops introduced into the diffuser ensure a homogeneous distribution of the aromatic molecules in the environment for many hours, both day and night.
With a relaxing bath
5-10 drops of essence poured into the bathtub are sufficient for a relaxing and invigorating experience. Essential oils should be poured into the bathtub when filling is complete and mixed by hand, and not during filling, to avoid excessive evaporation.
In the case of delicate skin, before pouring the drops into the water, dilute them beforehand with a tablespoon of carrier oil such as avocado, coconut or almond oil.
With local friction
A mixture of 5-10 drops of essential oil and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil is suitable for local rubbing on the chest, neck, wrists, soles of the feet and temples.
We prepare a mixture of 5-10 drops of essence and 50 grams of carrier oil (e.g. sweet almond or jojoba). Once the substances are well dissolved, the solution is ready to be used for a gentle body massage.
If instead we want to carry with us a solution of essential oils for anxiety and stress always ready to inhale, we soak a cotton ball with 2-4 drops of essence and close it in a resealable bag, or use a small bottle with airtight closure. We will always have our anti-stress remedy at hand.
At home and in the car
We can also enjoy the beneficial effects of our favorite essential oils by putting a few drops on a ball of cloth or cotton to place inside our car, in the dryer to obtain clean and perfumed cloths or in the vacuum cleaner to spread the perfumed molecules even during house cleaning operations.