Aromatherapy–A Sweet Way to Ease Depression

Aromatherapy-the inhalation or overall experience of scents- helps ease depression by revitalizing the body and lifting the spirits. The right oils ease mental fatigue, help with insomnia, and provide a glimpse of peace of mind. It’s a sweet way to feel better.

Aromatherapy uses aromatic essences extracted from plants, flowers, and fruits. Some of these extracts (referred to as essential oils) help lessen depression. Lavender, lemon, basil, cedarwood, rose, sandalwood, spruce, orange, ylang ylang, grapefruit, geranium, bergamot, clary sage, and frankincense are some of the oils known to improve mood.

Others oils help reduce feelings of anger. These oils include rose, ylang ylang, rosemary and chamomile.

While the scientific community has made no official determination about aromatherapy, empirical evidence, including numerous studies, suggests it works. In one study, one hundred people in a hospital intensive care unit, treated to the oil of lavender, reported feeling much better after the treatment whereas before the treatment, they had complained of not feeling well.

In another study, a group of hyperexited mice were calmed by the aroma of lavender, while numerous other scents caused them to become more excitable.

There’s More Than One Way to Get Results

There are numerous ways to use aromatherapy. If you are like me and have a passion for all things French, you will sprinkle lavender on your pillows (underneath your cases) and dream of sunflowers and old stone walls. For those who can think of nothing better than soaking in a warm tub, you can make a bath mixture of honey, lavender, basil and geranium, add it to your warm water, and enjoy. For the sensual among you, you can make a massage oil and treat yourself or your partner to a light or deep massage. You also can make a mixture with which to soothe your hands. After applying to your hands, bring your hands to your face and inhale the scent.