Reports from WHO (World Health Organization) reveals that about 322 million worldwide live with depression. That’s disturbing! Many people, like you, suffer for years without consolation.
You don’t have to continue this way. You can cope with feelings of helplessness, worthlessness, and discouragement. These albatross-like emotions don’t need to ruin your waking hours and impede your day’s activities.
Depression is real, and it’s knocking on your doors. What can you do?
Essential Oils For Depression
Depression is one of mankind’s biggest health concerns. As a growing number of people have been turning to essential oils for answers, several studies have been conducted to back its effectiveness when used to treat the mental disease.
The results were overwhelming. Essential oils showed tremendous potential when used to fight against depressive symptoms. In fact, one study concluded that essential oils were more effective when used as a massage oil, rather than an inhalant against various forms of depression.
Essential oils do work, and I’ll help you choose the best oils to create your own mellow mood. It’s now time to give your mind and negative emotions a break.
12 Best Essential Oils For Depression
1. Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Depression robs you of the energy you need to get things done because you’re always tired. Lavender essential oil contains molecules proven to have antidepressant properties that treats common symptoms associated with depression, including exhaustion and restlessness.
The oil also has a nervine effect on the body. It’s a relief buster for anxiety as it calms the nerves. You’ll feel more at peace with your emotions and surroundings.
A recent study showed that the oil helped with depression in postpartum women. This oil could be the breath of fresh air you need to finally get some sleep and ditch those nervous breakdowns because of depression.
Combine 2 tablespoons of your preferred base oil and 6 drops of lavender essential oil to a small container and mix well. Apply this blend to pulse points, which will speed up the rate at which the oil is absorbed.
Note: Based on studies, chemicals in lavender essential oil may be potential endocrine-disruptors when used by boys.
2. Allspice Essential Oil (Pimenta Dioica)
Depression causes restlessness and without enough sleep, your nerves could blow out. Think about how easily agitated you’d be. Allspice essential oil alleviates tiredness, stress, and rejuvenates the mind and body.
The scent of the oil is enough to go head over heels for. It stimulates the body and gently puts the mind at ease. Allspice essential oils is your personal comforter when everything else falls through the cracks.
Allspice is best used in a diffuser. Add 3 drops of allspice essential oil to your diffuser to put your anxious and wild thoughts at rest.
Children who are below the age of fifteen should not use allspice.
3. Ambrette Essential Oil (Abelmoschus Moschatus)
Do you normally feel helpless during your periods of sadness? Do you find it cumbersome doing simple chores like washing the dishes or helping the kids with their homework? Ambrette adds strength to your tired limbs and erectness to your drooping posture.
Ambrette is ideal to use when you have a million things to get done, with little or no energy. This floral-musky aromatic oil also relieves stress-related conditions, so you don’t have to.
Use ambrette as a room spray to diffuse the air you breathe. Add 20 drops of ambrette and 2 tablespoons of vodka and mineral water to a sprayer. Spray the substance into the air whenever you want to clear your head and cheer up.
4. Cassie Absolute (Acacia Farnesiana)
Depression robs women of the excitement that comes along with intimacy. If you’ve found that your libido is next to non-existent, depression is the culprit. It causes frigidity in women and makes stimulation challenging.
Like everything else, sex loses its appeal when you’re depressed. This sweet aphrodisiac absolute brings back the sparks to women and helps reclaim their natural sex drive.
Use cassie absolute as a bath oil to soak your stress away. For an ordinary-sized bath, combine 4-6 drops of cassie with 1 tablespoon of whole milk. Unwind in the bath for at least 15 minutes for maximum benefits.
5. Bergamot Essential Oil (Citrus Bergamia)
The antidepressant activity of bergamot essential oil accommodates mood enhancement and well-being. As a therapeutic oil, it can raise a broken and crushed spirit. It is best used to induce relaxation and rest when the anxieties of the world become weighty. Use before bedtime and allow your mind to float seamlessly into dreamland.
With a daily dose of bergamot, you could find your mental state on a whole new level.
To use the oil as a mood enhancer, blend 2 drops of bergamot and 1 tablespoon of your base oil of choice. Before retiring to bed, use the blend to massage your feet.
6. Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum Officinale, Jasminum Grandiflorum)
Jasmine absolute dispels negative emotions resulting from depression. It’s the perfect remedy to kick feelings of worthlessness and self-loathing to the curb. The aromatic absolute is euphoric and helps you to handle depressing conditions with a smile.
Jasmine absolute is also an aphrodisiac. Has depression left a nasty scar on intimacy in your marriage? This oil rekindles sexual appetite and makes intimacy spontaneous and sensual.
Use jasmine as a body or home spray to stimulate and improve sexual appetite that has been dampened by depression. (See recipe blend below to create your own aphrodisiac spray.)
7. Rose Absolute (Rosa Centifolia)
Rose absolute promotes happiness and tolerance when hopelessness sets in. While rose assuages your disappointments and silence your gloom, it adds to your tired bones a touch of vitality.
Rose has a triple effect and deals depression a heavy blow from various angles. The antidepressant action of the absolute relieves depression; the sedative action reduces anxiousness, and the relaxant makes it easy to think and rest.
Combine4 drops of rose, and 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Use as a massage blend to pep up your mood and kick hopelessness to the curb.
8. Helichrysum Essential Oil (Helichrysum Italicum)
This honey-like scented essential oil is an emotional healer. It tackles many symptoms of depression like excessive tiredness, negative emotions, and gloom.
Helichrysum essential oil also combats debility. It pushes the body when it’s most vulnerable and weak to act. This power booster oil will leave you feeling refreshed, revived, and ready to conquer the world. Depression has no hold on you.
Helichrysum is best used in a diffuser to relieve symptoms of depression.
Note: Do not use helichrysum if you suffer from a blood clotting disorder or while using blood thinning medicinal drugs.
9. Melissa Essential Oil (Melissa Officinalis)
Melissa, also known as lemon balm, is a strong essential oil that deals with various aspects of melancholy.
This powerful oil in a bottle helps to reform individuals who are suffering from grief because of the death of a loved one. It also helps to relieve depressive symptoms resulting from emotionally traumatic events.
Use lemon balm to treat your daily doses of melancholy. To use as an oil rub, combine 2 drops of melissa with a tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil and massage gently onto the skin.
Note: It’s best to not use melissa while pregnant, as the oil may cause teratogenicity – the malformation of an embryo or fetus.
10. Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha Piperita)
Maybe you’ve had peppermint herbal tea before and immediately felt revived. Peppermint essential oil also has that effect. The nervine action of the oil contends with stress impacting the nervous system and mental tiredness stemming from depression. The use of this oil is ancient and has withstood the test of time.
Not only does peppermint essential oil put you in a calm and tranquil mood, but it incites the body to action.
Place about 3-4 drops of your peppermint essential oil in a diffuser or as steam inhalation. Allow the minty and refreshing aroma to put your mind at ease.
11. Patchouli Essential Oil (Pogostemon Cablin, Pogostemon patchouly)
Patchouli essential oil is the musky smelling substance extracted from the leaves through steam distillation. The oil contains antidepressant elements that may be used to treat weary souls.
Much like jasmine absolute, patchouli may be used as an aphrodisiac to treat a loss of sexual appetite due to prolonged sadness. It enhances your mood so that you can shut the doors in the face of depression.
Enjoy a sensual massage blend by combining 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) with 4 drops of patchouli.
12. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga Odorata var. Genuina)
Are you struggling with insomnia because of those frequent, painful, and anxious thoughts of despondency? Has your intimate life taken a spiral downturn? Are you always stressed and does frustration loom above your head like a critical teacher?
With appropriate doses of ylang ylang, you can get your head back in the game and keep your thoughts on positive vibrations.
Ylang ylang is best applied as a perfume, directly to the skin. Combine at least 1-2 drops of ylang ylang and a teaspoon of apricot kernel base oil . Apply the blend directly to pulse points.
Note: Ylang ylang may induce headaches due to its potent aroma. It’s more practical to use diluted, even though it can be applied neat.
4 Essential Oil Blends And Recipes For Depression
Powerful Relaxation Blend
To maintain a positive outlook and relax when you’re feeling blue, you can create your own blend of essential oils. Use this relaxation blend before retiring for a goodnight’s rest and you’ll sleep like a baby. If the roof is on fire, you won’t even know it.
For this relaxation blend you’ll need:
- 5 drops lavender
- 2 drops vetiver
- 3 drops rose
- 2 tbsp almond oil
Add all the ingredients from the previous step in a bowl of choice. Mix the ingredients together to combine the oils well.
Pour the blend into a clean dark-glass bottle and cover with a dropper for better application. A cap can be used as a substitute for the dropper.
Keep the container in a cool, dark area. The blend will last for about 3 months. Pour the mixture into a bath of warm water. Get in the bath and soak your sadness away.
Grief And Shock Buster
With this grief and shock buster blend, you can regulate your emotions and lift your spirit. Essential oils won’t make up what you’ve lost, but they’ll help you cope.
- 5 drops neroli
- 2 drops bergamot
- 3 drops petitgrain
Combine all the ingredients from the previous step in a container or bottle. Add the mixture to an oil burner, vaporizer, or diffuser. Position the diffuser wherever you wish. Don’t forget to inhale.
Appetite Booster – Peppermint And Ginger Soak
You’ve probably had those days where food doesn’t appeal to your buds. You’ve lost your appetite because of depression. This appetite booster blend is enough to stimulate your buds and get them pining for your favorite snacks.
Ginger and peppermint herbal teas can also spruce up your appetite and have you eating in no time.
- 3 drops peppermint
- 1 drops ginger
Add the recommended blends from the ingredient’s list into a bowl of hot water . Mix the ingredients to combine thoroughly. Inhale all that minty and gingery scent.
Relaxing Bedroom Blend (Aphrodisiac Spray)
This beautiful calming bedroom blend is just the motivation you need to regain lost intimacy because of your melancholy. Use this blend in your bedroom and enjoy maximum relaxation.
For this relaxation bedroom blend you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons of mineral water.
- 8 drops jasmine absolute
- 6 drops cardamom
- 2 tablespoons vodka.
- 7 drops frankincense
Combine the oils and vodka in a container. Add the mineral water and mix well. Pour the contents of the container into a clean spray bottle.
Store in a cool and dark area to preserve. It should last about 6 months.
Spray to scent the room. Shake bottle well before spraying. The essential oils can also be added to your diffuser.
- Depression may wear many faces, but there’s an essential oil to treat them all. You’ll not only fall in love with the effectiveness of the oils, but you’ll bask in their pleasant aroma. Your home will smell heavenly, and your mental health will improve.
- Studies show that lavender essential oil can be used to treat depression without adverse effects.
- Cassie essential oil combats frigidity in women caused by depression.
- Bergamot essential oil improves your mental faculty by helping you to remain positive.
- Jasmine essential oil is called the “love drug” because it increases sexual libido that has been lowered by prolonged sadness and a lack of interest.
- Melissa essential oil has a “feel-good” impact on the body when inhaled.
- Essential oils for depression can be used as a message oil, inhaled through diffusion, or as a bath wash.