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10 Aromatherapy Oils That Can Help Alleviate Depression
David W Bates www.therapiesguide.co.uk

 

There 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

Basil
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.

Bergamot
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.

Frankincense
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
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.

Jasmine
Jasmine 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.

Lavender
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
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
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.

Sandalwood
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.

Patchouli
Having a rich red/brown colour and a heavy, earthy scent Patchouli blends well with bergamot, camomile, cedarwood, lemon, grapefruit and frankincense.
A useful antidepressant it is also is useful in treating symptons of anxiety, exhaustion, stress, tension and a range of skin complaints.

Although 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.

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