Depression is a lowered state of mood which affects one’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions. With depressed state of mind, a person can become moody and exhibit erratic behavior.
Everyone is different about how they respond to feeling depressed. Some people get anxious while others feel sad and alone. Other common feelings associated with depression are hopelessness, guilt, shame, and low self-worth.
Depression can also result in loss of appetite and food binging, as well as sleeplessness and insomnia. Foggy thinking is another characteristic symptom of depression, as well as body aches and pain, indigestion, and loss of motivation.
Research shows that depression can actually be inherited through one’s family lineage and early childhood conditioning. Certain food like sugar is known to cause a letdown response and withdrawal symptoms called “the sugar blues”. Death of a loved one, loss of a job, or major physical illness, or life transition can also trigger depression,
All thoughts, emotions, and feelings are fleeting, including depression. Depressed feelings are usually a temporary and natural state that both men and women experience from time to time. When you allow yourself to accept and feel your feelings, then they can pass on through like clouds in the sky. But, when you identify them with depressed states then they can become habitual.
Thoughts, feelings, and emotions arise spontaneously as part of the transitory nature of life and are experienced by everyone. Essential oils can be used as a comfort care measure to help lift your mood and promote a happier state of mind.
4 Positive Aromas To Try!
Each of the essential oils may be effective for relieving symptoms of depression.
1. Lemon (Citrus Limonum), Cold Pressed Fresh Peel
Best location for growing and distilling is the warm Mediterranean climate and soil of Italy. The aroma is fresh, sweet, tart, lemony, and fruity
Research shows that lemon oil is one of the most potent anti-depressant oils in aromatherapy. Lemon oil activates the center of the hippocampus to effectively short circuit emotional triggers for eating. It’s helpful for preventing cravings for sweets and second helpings.
Research shows lemon’s tonic action enlivens your brain, relieves fatigue and brain fog, and increases your physical energy and stamina.
2. Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi), Cold Pressed Fresh Peel
Best locations for growing and distilling is USA and Italy.
Research shows it stimulates digestion and helps curb the sweet tooth. A natural body cleanser and toner it enlivens the entire body and mind and stimulates feelings of euphoria.
3. Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis), Cold Pressed Fresh Peel
Best locations for growing and distilling are Portugal, USA, France, and Italy.
Psycho-emotionally sweet orange oil is excellent for relieving congested conditions like depression. Sweet orange oil improves the digestion and effective circulatory (heart) and lymphatic tonic.
It supports positive feelings of self-worth. Its anti-inflammatory action helps ease physical and emotional tension often associated with depression.
4. Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia), Cold Pressed Fresh Peel
As bergamot oil requires special soil and climate the best location for growing and distilling is the Calabria district of southern Italy.
Bergamot’s regulating properties act to promote balance and harmony to all the body’s functions. Of all the citrus oils, bergamot is the one that is most supportive and comforting.
Psycho-emotionally bergamot oil acts as a spiritual and emotional healer. Its anti-depressant, antispasmodic and regulating action can uplift and brighten the mood and balance even the most extreme emotional states like anxiety, depression, despair, and worry.
Its refreshing influence has been shown to calm even the most extreme emotions, as well as relieve mental and emotional fatigue.
Paolio Rovesti, a professor at the University of Milan, Italy conducted research at several psychiatric clinics on the emotional, mental, and psychological effects of essential oils showing their benefits for depression, anxiety, and hysteria.
He reported that the most important benefits of bergamot oil were for relieving fear and calming anxiety.
How To Use
- Dispense 1-3 drops of your essential oil on a cotton ball or perfume smell strip.
- Inhale the aromatic vapors for 10-15 seconds.
- May repeat as needed. Also effective diffused into the air.
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