5 top Essential Oils to Reduce Depression
Feeling blue? Can’t get yourself going in the morning? Do you have a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest in your life? You may be suffering from depression
Depression is almost twice as likely to affect women than men and the depression in women may have different contributing causes than it does in men. There are many factors that come onto play contributing to depression in women. Genetic, hormonal, psychological, and social factors can be a part of the moods fluctuating. It is best to seek help from a licensed psychologist or therapist or physician if you are feeling out of control or are having panic attacks. Depression can cause physiological imbalances in the body such as headaches, pains, cramps, digestive issues, sluggishness or lack of energy, acid reflux, bloating and more.
70 Percentage of our immune system is in the gut and it is in the gut where dopamine is created. Although serotonin is well known as a brain neurotransmitter, it is estimated that 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract. Excess sugar and antibiotics disturb the flora in the gut and can lead to less serotonin and dopamine production. Thus, when the bacteria in the gut are out of balance, the person is more likely to be depressed.
How can Aromatherapy help with depression?
The science and art of aromatherapy utilizes essential oils from plants to promote health and healing of the body mind and spirit. When we work with these precious essential oils we can help with the innate healing of the individual at many levels. Aromatherapy is a wonderful natural remedy to use as an adjunct to traditional methods of support you on your journey to a more balanced life. The aromatic molecules present naturally in essential oils can cross the blood/brain barrier and have a direct impact on areas of the brain which control feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress.
Top oils for depression
The oils that are extracted from flowers symbolize the spiritual essence of the plant and help with mood elevation. Citrus essential oils are generally uplifting and alleviate stress and anxiety.
The essential oil of rose will soothe the heart, calm the mind and soothe the senses. Scientific studies are showing what traditional medicine has known for centuries — that rose heals. An inhalation of rose essential oils will have an effect of calming anxiety, alleviating headaches, in addition to having an effect on anxiety and depression.
The essential oil of Ylang Ylang will ease symptoms of depression by regulating breathing patterns, calming the nerves and decreasing adrenal release.
Lavender is high in linalyl acetate, is a very soothing ester and linalool and sedative alcohol and upon inhalation, this oil triggers the release of serotonin and thus has a calming effect on the nervous system
Clary sage specifically lowers cortisol while increasing serotonin and the result of this is a reduction of stress and an increase in mood stabilization.
Bergamot essential oil is a mood-booster. Many of the citrus oils have uplifting effects, but bergamot is particularly powerful. Bergamot can help reduce pain and depression
How do we use these oils?
They can be used alone or blended to create different combinations. You can diffuse essential oils into the air, dissolve them a bath, apply them during a massage, or use other methods such as pocket inhalers.
If you have depression, don’t rely on aromatherapy alone to treat it. Aromatherapy can be added to your larger treatment plan and together with other treatments can help boost your mood and relieve stress.
Linda Anne Kahn
Linda Anne Kahn NCTMB CLT-LANA CMT CHNC Is a Clinical Aromatherapist with over 30 years of experience. She is an Internationally trained Beauty Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Lymphedema Therapist. She is the founder and president of Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa and Lymphatic Therapy Services in San Diego. She continues her longstanding mission and philosophy of a holistic approach to treat all facets of a person’s wellbeing for optimum health. She stresses the emotional, mental, physical connection to bring about relaxation, health, energy, and happiness to help her clients, staff, and patients
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