HOW TO: Incorporate the use of Essential Oils into your life to Aid with Depression
It’s that dark time of year once again and while the celebration of Tradional Holidays and a bright New Year are something we all look forward to, for a lot of us, the decrease of sunlight affects our moods. S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) affects 1 in every 4 Canadians leaving us with feelings of sadness, restlessness, negative thoughts , fatigue or insomnia, and sometimes anxiety. While medication is not often prescribed or even necessary there are many things we can do naturally to avoid depression during the winter months.
Today i’m going to talk about the the use of Essential Oils using Aromatherapy.
I have found this method to be very successful and grew accustomed to it’s value after becoming educated in all of it’s properties. Each essential oil has it’s own purpose, most often aiding in more than one area. Professionals become experts at blending these oils to create the most effective combination for their client’s concerns.
The Citrus Group of Essential Oils is used to treat depression.
Below are brief descriptions of the aromatic properties of each of the most popular citrus oils:
Lemon Oil – is a strong germicide and astringent, a wonderful air disinfectant and freshener. It is used in cleaning solutions for its clean scent and disinfecting action.Lemon Essential Oil has fever reducing action as well as effective germicidal action, so it’s a good oil to use to aid in treating colds and fevers. Lemon oil stimulates the immune system, and stimulates circulation.
Orange Oil – For Brightening. The familiar orange scent makes this one of the world’s most popular oils and the heart of many floral blends. Sweet orange’s gentle, clarifying nature cheers the heart and brightens the mood. Diffuse it often to maintain a wholesome, positively charged atmosphere.
Grapefruit Pink Essential Oil – is believed by aromatherapists to be a spiritual up-lifter, and to ease muscle fatigue and stiffness. It is also a purifier of congested, oily and acne prone skin and is sometimes added to creams and lotions as a natural toner and cellulite treatment. Grapefruit Essential Oil is reputed to ease nervous exhaustion and relieve depression.
Lime Essential Oil – has a crisp, refreshing citrus scent that has been used by aromatherapists for its uplifting and revitalizing properties. It can also act as an astringent on skin where it is reputed to help clear oily skin.
How to Use these Citrus Oils?
There are many ways to incorporate these oils into your daily life such as diffusing, as an air freshener, through massage, or in the bath. All of these methods offer the same advantage to us, INHALATION. This is ONLY way that Essential Oils should be used. If you are using these oils for massage you would mix approx 5-7 drops per 1oz of a carrier oil (such as almond oil or olive oil) and if you’re using them in the bath you would drop approximately 10-15 drops for a full tub of water. Never apply these oils directly onto your skin; they are very powerful and unless they are diluted you will most definitely see side affects.
The easiest and safest way to use these oils is to mix a blend of approximately 75-100 drops of oils to a 4oz spray pump bottle of water. You can spray the air, your furniture, or your bed sheets with this custom made air freshener.
Another very powerful and versatile Essential Oil is Lavender Oil. This is not a part of the citrus family, but i recommend it as part of your blends to target winter blues. Take a look at the many properties and uses of Lavender Oil; It’s incredible!!
Lavender Oil – Properties of Organic Lavender Essential Oil include analgesic, anti-convulsive, anti-depressant, anti-phlogistic, antirheumatic, antseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, and as a diuretic. Herbalists regard Lavender as the most useful and versatile essential oil for therapeutic purposes. Lavender is the essential oil most commonly associated with burns and healing of the skin. It also has antiseptic and analgesic properties which will ease the pain of a burn and prevent infection.
It also has cytophylactic properties that promote rapid healing and help reduce scarring. Lavender is a popular choice among both aromatherapists and massage therapists for its combination of therapeutic quality and pleasant floral scent.
Best Oils for the Bath?
Clary Sage Oil – Clary Sage Essential Oil is viewed by aromatherapists as an antidepressant, antispasmodic, deodorant, emmenagogue, nervine, sedative, and uterine tonic. It is thought to provide a mild euphoric action, balancing uterine problems, and as an agent to clean greasy hair. There is also some documentation on its effectiveness in helping to relax spasms caused by asthma.
Geranium Oil – Geranium Oil can be used to help in the treatment of the following: acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, hemorrhoids, lice, mosquito repellent, ringworm, ulcers, breast engorgement, edema, poor circulation, sore throat, tonsillitis, PMS, menopausal problems, stress and neuralgia. Its reputation as an extremely versatile essential oil is well documented.
I want to leave you with some of my favourite blends to try at home. Have fun with this and share your feedback with me about how they’ve worked for you:)
Simple Blend #1 – 3 drops Orange : 2 drops grapefruit
Simple Blend #2 – 3 drops Orange : 2 drops ginger
Mood Lifter for Irritable Depression
10 drops Bergamot essential oil
5 drops Grapefruit
4 drops Sweet Orange
1 drop Geranium essential oil
1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil
Soothing Blend for Anxious Depression
8 drops Lavender essential oil
8 drops Grapefruit essential oil
2 drops Marjoram essential oil
1 drop Chamomile essential oil
1 drop Geranium essential oil
7 drops Tangerine
5 drops peppermint
10 drops Grapefruit
5 drops Lemon
3 drops Lavender
I’ll leave you with this helpful video as well:
Cara Robertson, Founder of Para Vida email:firstname.lastname@example.org