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Essential oils for depression

Depression is one of the most widespread diseases of our time. In developed countries, it represents one of the three biggest health problems.

Aromatherapy can help with mild to moderate forms of depression, as well as relieve mental fatigue and banish insomnia. It is more effective when used as a complementary therapy, along with other alternative methods. Essential oils can be safely used together with conventional medicine or psychotherapy.

Depression causes profound suffering, takes energy and leads to withdrawal from society and business, which additional worsens mental state of the patient.

Some essential oils stimulate depressed nervous system, others have a calming (anxiolytic) effect, and the third boost appetite and libido.

Essential oils for depression with stimulating effect

Essential oils for depression with stimulating effect are lemon, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, bergamot, neroli, geranium and rose.

Essential oil of jasmine flower extract (Jasmineum grandiflorum) has difficult, intoxicating fragrance that keeps long in space. Emotionally is warm and stimulating, and is one of the most effective essential oils for lifting from lethargy and stagnation.

Rose (Rosa centifolia and Rosa damascena) is a gentle but powerful natural anti-depressant, nerve tonic and an aphrodisiac. Shows the most effective in the treatment of depression caused by stress such as childbirth, break up or any other loss.

Citrus oils blend energy

Whoever is prone to depression, should have a collection of lemon, orange, mandarin and grapefruit at home. Essential oils of all citrus fruits are perfect for waking up depressed and numb central nervous system. Their refreshing fragrances inject energy so it is best to inhale them immediately after waking up.

Neroli and bergamot essential oils are also obtained from citrus fruits, to be more precise from bitter orange (Citrus aurantium). Neroli is made from flowers and bergamot from peel of bitter orange.

Neroli essential oil has bitter- sweet and slightly metallic fragrance, while bergamot is softer and. Both oils awaken, enliven and raise self-esteem, and neroli helps with depression during pregnancy or after childbirth .

Besides acting antidepressant, essential oil of orange relieves anxiety too.

Essential oils for depression with soothing effect

Depression is often mixed with anxiety, fear, apprehension, agitation and insomnia.

If you suffer from this form of depression, rely on essential oils that have joined antidepressant and sedative properties: lavender, chamomile, clary sage, sandalwood and ylang-ylang.

Lavender is one of the most famous antidepressant oil, and it is believed to act by its inhaled molecules which stimulate the secretion of serotonin in the brain. Lavender oil infuses serenity, balances emotions and mutes the internal dialogue. Like other calming oils, lavender is best to inhale in the late afternoon and evening, because it eliminates insomnia. Lavender also serves to boost the appetite.

Clary sage for great mood

Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) is originally from Italy, southern France and Syria, but grows wherever the soil is dry enough. This essential oil has a wonderful flavor that reminds on walnut. The effect of clary sage oil is described as a combination of euphoria, serenity and relaxation. Except that rises mood, also strengthens resistance to stress , relieves physical tension and relaxes the muscles.

Ylang – ylang (Cananga odorata) is a little tropical tree that grows in the Philippines, Java, Sumatra, Madagascar. This essential oil, whose name means flower – flower, reduces depression and anxiety, calms nervousness and irritability and helps falling asleep. It also has aphrodisiac properties and awakens disappeared interest in sex. Its flavor is heavy and intoxicating.

Antidepressant oils are applied by aromatic lamps, spray, bath, massage. You can couple of drops on a pillow and bedding or on a piece of cotton or tissue, which then should be held under your nose.

Incentive essential oils: lemon, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, neroli, bergamot, rose, rosemary, geranium

Calming essential oils: lavender, chamomile, clary sage, mint

Essential oils for confidence: jasmine, ylang-ylang, neroli, cedar, sandalwood

Essential oils for sociability and libido: jasmine, ylang-ylang, neroli, rose and sandalwood

Essential oils for appetite: lavender, bergamot, juniper

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