The founder of Seek A Therapy went on a 2 week break to Egypt recently. Whilst he was in Cairo he discovered an essential oils seller. Seek A Therapy founder’s mother is a holistic therapist. This gave us he already had a good idea of what purpose each oil was but discovered a few new ones. These new ones are known to help people with particular problems in the mind such as depression, anxiety and lack of focus. In this article we will discuss 11 essential Aromatherapy oils that help depression and anxiety.
11 Aromatherapy Oils That Help Depression & Other Health Conditions
1. Lotus Flower – known to help with depression and stress relief
Lotus flower essential oil was used in ancient egyptian times by the pharaohs. It is an essence that maintains a happier sense of being. It can help reduce stress levels and sometimes improve mood. Particularly useful for keeping depression at bay.
Ancient Romans used to use the oil in their quest to compress respiratory problems (like asthma) as they believed it helped the user breathe more deeply. Many still use the oil when meditating. The use of Lotus Flower increases feelings of joyfulness. It relaxes you, and increase feelings of tranquility.
Lotus flower, although known for thousands of years to help with mood enhancement has other benefits too. It is also an effective remedy for headaches, nausea, morning sickness, diarrhea and vomiting.
Lotus flower has also known to improve sexual function and act as an aphrodisiac.
2. Lavender – reduces anxiety, stress and tension
Probably one of the most used and well known essential oils and most universal. It has calming effects and is able to relax both the physical and emotional bodies.
If you struggle with sleep, smelling Lavender can help. It is believed to be so relaxing that people who put it on their pillows. Sometimes replacing modern medicine when suffering from Insomnia.
Not only does Lavender have these properties but can help repel pesky insects. It acts like a natural repellent keeping bugs like wasps, flies and mosquitos away from your home.
Lavender has many claimed qualities. Another is that it is able to soothe those suffering from muscle or joint pains. Also used as antiseptic on minor cuts, burns, stings and bug bites.
3. Chamomile – Paranoia, anxiety and hostility
Again, a favourite of the Romans. They would use chamomile to help calm nerves, mental anxiety and paranoia. Also, they found it useful for people with hostility problems, but has also been know to support those with digestive health problems. Thus why you can often see chamomile tea on the shelves of your supermarket.
4. Rose – Stress and depression
Rose is quite a versatile essential oil. It’s qualities are quite similar to Lavender in what people use it for. A common use is to relief stress and depression. It is a little more expensive than other oils due to 60,000 roses needed for every ounce of rose oil!
5 – Jasmine (Jasminum officinale). – Relaxation, Confidence and Optimism
Jasmine is an essential oil that stimulates and uplifts, producing feelings of confidence and optimism. Some people say this oil is good for alleviating depression but better known for bringing about relaxation. Particularly good for helping alleviate those suffering with headaches.
6 – Orange – Depression & improved immune system
Researchers from Mei University in Japan found that patients who had orange fragrance administered reduced the amount of anti-depressants they took.
The oil can be taken internally or diffused through an oil burner.
7. Ylang ylang – anger and stress
Ylang Ylang is said to be able to calm those who have anger or stress problems in their life. Inhaling the aroma can lower blood pressure. This oil is diffused with an oil burner or alternatively, is typically applied to the feet, neck, wrist or back.
Ylang Ylang is also an aphrodisiac so keep this in mind when selecting the appropriate smell to inhale.
8. Geranium – cheery and helps stop a negative spiraling mood
Geranium essential oil helps improve downward spiraling moods of negativity. It gives the user a cheery disposition.
9. Blue Tansy Essential Oil – negative emotions
Blue Tansy Essential Oil can help with people who have a lot of anger or resentment and those who tend to think negatively. It also helps those who harbour a lot of negative emotion from past experiences.
10. Clary sage – anxiety & stress soothing
This essential oil when inhaled helps reduce feelings of anxiety. In the Korean Academy of Nursing there was a study done involving the inhalation of clary sage with lavender, peppermint and rosemary. The combination of these oils resulted in less anxiety for those taking a stress test.
This is not a cure for anxiety. You need other therapy but this oil has a temporary calming effect.
Some therapists believe it has an antidepressant quality but needs further research within the science community.
11. Sandalwood – anxiety & insomnia
Sandalwood is in a lot of aftershaves for men. It is also one of the most expensive essences available on the market. It has a sweet woodsy outdoors scent and is very beneficial reducing anxiety. During tests people that use the essence found that it reduces anxiety. Others report reduction in insomnia as well as improving their overall sleep quality.
Sandalwood is also an oil within massage therapy.
Seek A Professional Aromatherapist To Start Using Essential Aromatherapy Oils That Help Depression, Anxiety & Stress
We hope you enjoyed reading about essential oils and curious to find out more. We have several professional aromatherapists listed in our directory, possibly one near you.
The reason you should seek a professional rather than do it yourself is that mixing essential oils can be toxic if mixed incorrectly. There is also the possibility that mixing aromatherapy with some medicine may not have the desired effect. Always seek advice if unsure if the oil you have selected is safe for your circumstance.
If you have already seeked professional advice and currently understand what essential oils to use we will be adding quality oils to our shop very shortly.
100% pure organic essentials oils are created from plant materials. Therefore quite different from cheaper artificial fragrance oils. So always look for the more expensive option if you can, usually a thicker liquid than artificial oils.
Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.