Essential Oils to Help Beat the Blues

Nov 14, 2018


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Essential Oils to Help Beat the Blues

Over the last six months my family and I have been using essential oils around the house and at the gym, and I must say it has been amazing!

They can stimulate you into action. It can also relax you and induce sleep. If you struggle with the blues, you can use aromatherapy to improve your mood.

What Is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of scents to alter mood. You can use essential oils through a diffuser or even place them in diluted form directly on your skin. You can also use lotions or creams on your skin. Another option is to burn a candle with your favorite scent. Finally, some people like to steep the scent or brew a tea.

Scents Commonly Used to Treat Depression

While there are a number of combinations and scents used to elevate mood, relax, diffuse anger or create calm, these scents are commonly used specifically for depression:

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary sage
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Jasmine
  • Myrrh
  • Neroli
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Spruce
  • Orange
  • Ylang ylang

The citrusy scents elevate mood and awaken the senses. Scents like jasmine and lavender induce a state of calm and relaxation. You may want to play with various scents to find which works best. Of course, you’ll also have personal preferences.

As mentioned you can use aromatherapy in a number of ways. You can combine essential oils into a bottle. With a dropper you can place the oils on the edge of your pillow or on clothing you’re wearing.

Alternatively, you can add the essential oils to a lotion base or fractionated coconut oil. This will diffuse the strength of the oils so it’s safe for skin application, this is especially important for sensitive skin and childrens skin.

There are a number of ways to enjoy aromatherapy and to reap the mood-enhancing benefits. You can also find blends or recipes on how to blend scents online.

As well as emotional benefits, essential oils work brilliantly at relieving colds, stomach aches and headaches, and has been a life saver as the cold and flu season as begun.

Essential oil are great,but remember they work hand in hand with nutrition.  So make sure you are also fuelling your body with nutrient dense foods and beat those winter blues.