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Aromatherapy Oils That Can Help Alleviate
David W Bates www.therapiesguide.co.uk
are many oils used by Aromatherapists that will
reduce stress and help alleviate depression. We
have listed ten of the more popular and accessible
oils that can be both comforting and uplifting
There are many varieties of Basil but the
one most favoured in Aromatherapy is French
Sweet Basil. Obtained by the distillation
process it has a clear, sweet and spicy
aroma reminiscent of aniseed, a pale yellowy/green
appearance and generally stimulates the
whole nervous system. Blends well with other
oils including geranium, orange, peppermint,
neroli, frankincense and lemon. Often used
as a massage oil, in baths or as a room
fragrancer it has antiseptic, analgaesic
and restorative properties.
Related to the lemon and bitter orange trees bergamot
has an uplifting light citrus aroma.
A popular anti-depressant with the added benefits
of having antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, analgaesic,
calmative nd skin toning properties.
Blends well with a large range of other oils including
camomile, cedarwood, eucalyptus, frankincense,
grapefruit and lavender. Often used in baths,
as a room fragrancer and perfume it has a light
greenish yellow hue.
The oil is steam distillated from a resin which
exudes from the cut bark of the Frankincense shrub.
It has a woody spicy odour. Blends well with basil,
camomile, lemon, rosemary, juniper and rose. It
has a strong calming effect with excellent rejuvenating
properties instilling calmness and relaxationa.
It can be used as a perfume or in a massage or
bath and has excellent skin care properties.
Geranium has a delicate, sweet and floral smell
it is steam distilled from the flowers, stalks
and leaves of the plant it has a clear appearance
and blends with most other oils creating very
pleasant fragrances. Often used as a perfume,
in baths, as a massage oil and as a room fragrance.
It has a positive effect on both body and mind
which alleviates stress and depression enhancing
stability and balance. It is regarded as one of
the best skincare oils, offering relief from oily
and dry skin.
oil has a rich floral smell redolent of the flowers
it is produced from. It mixes well with other
oils especially orange, rose, geranium, mandarin
and sandalwood. It is useful as an anti-depressant,
relaxant, expectorant and is also favoured as
a skin-care oil. Jasmine is ideal for use in baths,
massage oil, perfume and as a room fragrancer
helping to soothe frayed nerves.
Has a sweet, fresh floral aroma. The oils are
steam distilled from the flowering tops of the
plants which are found growing worldwide. It blends
well with most other oils. Lavender is a very
popular aromatherapy oil it is a therapeutic oil
having numerous effects and is highly recommended
as an anti-depressant, antiseptic and a help with
insomnia, anxiety and fatigue
Lemon is sharp and fresh with a distinctive citrus
aroma and a pale greeny-yellow appearance. The
oil is produced by squeezing (cold expression)
the skin of the fruit. The oil refreshes and invigorates,
making it ideal as an antidote to lethargy and
a depressed state of mind. Lemon also has antibacterial,
antiviral, astringent andanti-inflammatory properties.
Mandarin has a more delicate aroma than lemon
with a fresh sweet citrus scent. The oil is squeezed
from the rind of the small Chinese variety of
fruit. Used mostly in steam inhalation, baths,
hair care, compress and massage.It has uplifting
properties used as an antidepressant it also helps
fatigue and lack of energy It is not thought advisable
to be used for small children.
Recommended as an antidepressant Sandalwood
also has anti-bacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory
properties, often used for nervous disorders and
anxiety.. It has a subtle warm and woody smell
and mixes well with camomile, eucalyptus, frankincence,
pine and many other oils. Often used in baths,
as a massage oil or as a room fragrancer.
Having a rich red/brown colour and a
heavy, earthy scent Patchouli blends well with
bergamot, camomile, cedarwood, lemon, grapefruit
A useful antidepressant it is also is useful in
treating symptons of anxiety, exhaustion, stress,
tension and a range of skin complaints.
these oils can be an aid in lifting your depression
there may well be underlying, deep-rooted problems
that may require advice from your doctor.