Finding natural relief from depression – essential oils, meditation, lifestyle habits, and so on – is a critical need in our modern day society. It isn’t “feeling down” or “getting the blues” but a potentially crippling psychological state that makes it difficult to participate or enjoy your life.
Startling Statistics about Depression
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 350 million people globally suffer from depression. Approximately 10% of American adults have been diagnosed with clinical depression. However, statistics show that fewer than 50% of those who suffer seek help.
It is the most common mental illness in the United States and is the leading cause of disability. It also represents a massive portion of healthcare expenditure. The medical cost of depression in the U.S. alone exceeds $80 billion and those numbers continue to climb every year.
Depression affects people of all ages, races, and nationalities. Overall, far more women are stricken with depression than men but everyone who faces this disease finds that it influences every aspect of their lives.
A growing number of young people are diagnosed with depressive disorders – around 11% of people under the age of 18 – and the long-term forecast is that the problem will get worse.Finding natural relief from depression is critical in our modern day society. #FightDepressionClick To Tweet
Repercussions of Depression
- Distorted thinking that can result in high-risk behaviors
- Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm
- Feelings of anxiety, extreme irritability, or mood swings
- Chronic pain (including headaches or migraines)
- Compromised immune system (leading to more frequent illness)
- Substance abuse (drugs and/or alcohol)
- Damage to personal and professional relationships
- Loss of interest in things that once brought you pleasure
- Poor sleep quality, sleeping too much or too little
- Loss of energy or motivation
- Inability to see beyond negative emotions (guilt, sadness, helplessness, lack of worth)
Finding Natural Relief for Depression
While approximately half of those who suffer from depression never seek help, there are also those who do seek help but their depression doesn’t respond to the standard treatments. Most patients diagnosed with depression choose therapy, medication, or a combination of both.
It can be frustrating when you’re still left feeling out of control of your life.
Using homeopathic methods – such as essential oils – for depression is a low-cost (natural) way to help manage or even alleviate specific symptoms of the disease.
Essential Oils for Depression #1 – Lavender
This popular oil has long been known to lift mood and relieve anxiety. Scientific studies have determined that lavender is an excellent addition to the homes of new mothers to alleviate post-partum depression or for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It’s considered safe and well tolerated even by infants. In fact, lavender is increasingly added to baby care products. Lavender oil can be added to your bath or massaged into your skin throughout the day (behind your ears or on your inner wrists). I suggest using a cold-water diffuser for ideal results with lavender oil.
Essential Oils for Depression #2 – Bergamot
If you want to feel refreshed and recharged, I highly recommend bergamot essential oil. Several studies have shown that it improves blood circulation, boosts energy, and inspires positive feelings. These effects make it a natural choice for treating the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety.
This oil is even being studied as a natural way to lower blood pressure. Again, this can be added to a cold-water diffuser (even mixed with lavender) for longer results. If you need a quick “boost,” put a few drops in your palm and inhale deeply with your hands cupped around your mouth. This is another oil that is well-tolerated and highly effective.
Essential Oils for Depression #3 – Ylang Ylang
Various research has shown that inhalation of a ylang ylang essential oil can act quickly to improve your entire mood and calm feelings of anxiety. Considered a mild (natural) sedative, this oil goes the distance to help you relax and focus on positive emotions.
Adding a few drops to your wrists and behind your ear provides a way to maintain the calm throughout your day. Again, I always choose my cold-water diffuser for best results.
The Bottom Line…
Essential oils can be used as a simple and effective (at home or work) method to calm your mood and improve positive feelings.
Since I work from home, I use my diffuser every day in my office (to inspire calm and clear thinking) and every night while I sleep (to improve my sleep quality). I suggest a few drops of each oil I’ve listed here for best results because they work even better when used together.Essential oils are a simple and effective method to calm your mood and improve positive feelings.Click To Tweet
Naturally, beating depression takes more than simply using essential oils. They’re a great help no matter what your current state of mental health but I want to make one thing absolutely clear…ignoring depression is a sure way to make it worse.
If your emotions or mental state feel “off” for a period lasting longer than a few weeks, you need to talk to someone. It’s okay to ask for help!
Be proactive as well!
Do an evaluation of your daily life to see what could be triggering an upset to your psychological state. Examine your diet to see if you’re giving your body foods that agitate or upset the natural balance of chemicals inside you. Look at your work life, your personal relationships, your habits…and figure out what you can do to change the path (and destruction) of depression in your life.
You are not alone. Many millions of people are suffering from depression. It isn’t hopeless. You aren’t helpless. You are worthy of a calm and loving life.