by Ashley Stone
Nature provides an amazing toolkit that can sooth almost any mental and physical ailment, including depression. Essential oils can provide safe, effective and non-toxic options that allow users to experiment with different oils and see which ones provide the most positive results. Here are some essential oils known for their antidepressant benefits:
This oil provides an uplifting, reviving scent that works against physical listlessness caused by adrenal burnout. It is a great pick-me-up for mental fatigue, and basil oil supports balance during seasonal mood disorder.
This light, refreshing citrusy oil can help relieve physical discomfort, lift spirits and aid both antenatal/postnatal emotional distress and sadness. It helps combat negative emotions and naturally raises the neurotransmitter gammaaminobutyric acid or GABA levels, which can reduce feelings of anxiety and increase a feeling of calmness.
This essential oil can reduce feelings of panic, fear, nervous tension and stress.
Geranium works as a natural sedative to lift the spirit and release negative emotions. It works great to foster feelings of love and trust.
Lavender is a wonderful multipurpose oil that relieves physical discomfort, relaxes the body and mind, helps the body manage stress and fear, helps to instill a sense of calm and tranquility, and supports restful sleep. It stimulates the activity of brain cells in the amygdala, similar to the way some sedative medications work. Lavender works with the body to accelerate the serotonin system.
Marjoram has been used for ages to ease feelings of fear, loneliness, grief, rejection and nervousness. It also soothes physical tension associated with stress.
This is a gentle oil that brings a calming effect to the mind and body. It is perfect for young and old alike, and it is often used to treat emotional imbalance and is helpful in stressfull situations.
Vetiver is a grounding oil that helps balance brainwaves, which can be beneficial for panic attacks, fear, restlessness and the inability to concentrate. Vetiver also helps promote restful sleep.
Just as with all citrus essential oils, orange has a refreshing, energizing and mood-lifting effect. It helps ease feelings of panic, anger, irritation and nervousness. When using essential oils for emotional support, it’s best to use a diffuser. Simply add a few drops to your diffuser throughout the day to uplift your spirit and calm your mind. Diffuse at night in your bedroom to promote restful sleep and ease your thoughts. You can also add a few drops to your pillow to inhale while you sleep.
Ashley Stone is a nutrition and health coach in San Antonio who promotes the use of essential oil products to restore health, recover from deficiencies and address disease. She is a master herbalist of 20 years and healed herself of stage 3 cervical cancer 15 years ago. For more information, visit www.stoneoils.com or call 210-843-5179.