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My Experience With Depression & Essential Oils

Author: Eileen C.
Skill: Reiki Practitioner
Date: 11-06-2004
Views: 15,718
Word Count: 447
Questions Received: 22
Testimonial ID: 463-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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For me, depression has been a challenging thing to deal with. I'm just speaking for myself; everyone has to decide for themselves what works best.

After taking anti-depressants for some years, I decided that I wanted to stop. Just then, my friend happened to call to tell me about her essential oils business. When I tried essential oils in my drinking water, I felt energized like I hadn't felt in a long time.

I think the oils are a better way to go. I am in the process of cleansing from the anti-depressants. For information about these matters, I read Dr. Ann Blake Tracy's book, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora?

The scents of essential oils give them a unique advantage in helping with a major problem: self-neglect, which means that I became oblivious to my own needs. The bottles of oils sitting on the table almost call to me with their fragrances, reminding me to take care of myself. And during the day, the scents I am wearing are also reminders.

Essential oils are a much better way to support my mood. Sometimes anxiety arises before the low mood starts. I find the blend Sacred Mountain very comforting. I also use the Valor or Peace & Calming oil blends for the anxiety, to try to prevent my mood from shifting to depression.

The Grounding and Hope are comforting oil blends to use when I feel down. The Release and Forgiveness oil blends help me to let go of feeling bad about the fact that I have a problem with depression. The Sensation and Joy oil blends boost my mood, too.

How do I use oils? Sometimes I just inhale them. Other times I put a few drops (3-5) on my solar plexus or chest or on the soles of my feet and the reflexology points for the brain, on the inside of the big toes. Or I put an oil like Peppermint or a citrus oil in my drinking water.

As for supplements, I like Longevity capsules. They contain Orange oil, which, along with other citrus oils, can support mood. I believe the other oils in this supplement are also helpful.

I feel that essential oils boost my mood and energy level. After feeling so low and moving so slow, it's great to have energy! I often feel motivated and happier. I even sometimes go around the house singing to myself and joke around more.

I can't say I've overcome depression, but now I have a way to deal with it that is actually quite pleasant and doesn't have harmful side-effects.

If anyone would like to correspond about this, click the link below to send me a message.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: behavior,mood-swings,emotions-/-feelings — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
3.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
4.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout,anxiety-/-worry,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
5.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout,anxiety-/-worry,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
6.Associated topics: behavior,mood-swings,emotions-/-feelings,anxiety-/-worry,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link
7.Associated topics: behavior,mood-swings,stress-/-tension-/-burnout,anxiety-/-worry,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
8.Associated topics: behavior,mood-swings,stress-/-tension-/-burnout,anxiety-/-worry,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link

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