Depression Remedy

Many Essential Oils can be used in an effective Depression Remedy. The fact is aromatherapy using essential oils has been proven scientifically to alleviate symptoms of depression.

Natural alternative treatments such as essential oils can be used on their own or in combination with adjusted dosages of medication under a doctor's care, to control anxiety, stress, bipolar as well as depression.

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Instructions / Cautions

Essential oils can work very well as a depression remedy for occasional bouts of anxiety or depression but if you suffer from severe or frequent times of depression make sure you consult with a mental health professional. 

When the subject of medication comes up you can mention that you prefer natural remedies rather than pharmaceutical drugs and discuss the possible use of essential oils to control your symptoms.

Many doctors are coming to terms with the effectiveness of oils and you may be surprised that they are willing to work with you in this matter.

When following the instructions for each of the oils listed below it is recommended that you do not wait until you are suffering from your depression. Get used to using the oils in good times when you are feeling energized and in good spirits. This process serves to anchor these "good" feelings by associating them with the oils being used.

Single Oils for a Depression Remedy

Bergamot Essential Oil

Because Bergamot Essential Oil can create a calming environment it is able to promote self confidence and a relaxing mood and works well as part of your depression remedy.

Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, stress or insomnia?

15 drops of Bergamot in one cup of Epsom Salts added to a hot bath may just be your ticket to relaxation and a calm mind.

I like using it in a steam room but it can also be diffused or inhaled from a cotton ball placed in your pillowcase at night.

Try any of the above at bed time for a nice restful sleep.

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Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary Sage Essential Oil can be used to relieve anxiety, stress, depression, nervous tension as well as migraines. In fact, many medical practitioners use Clary Sage as an acute depression remedy.

Used as a sedative, Clary Sage has the ability to calm your nervous system and treat disorders such as hysteria, nervousness and vertigo.

Clary sage essential oil showed the strongest antidepressant action. PubMed.gov

Many people find that it can also boost their sense of confidence, self-esteem and mental strength.

Inhaling Clary Sage either through diffusion or using it in a bowl of steaming water with a towel over your head will make a large impact on your feelings of anxiety and depression.

Try mixing Clary Sage with other oils on this page and diffuse them twice a day for the best results.

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Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential Oil works well as a depression remedy.

At times of uncertainty when you are emotionally stressed or have trouble sleeping, Cypress Oil can be very calming and can provide you with a sense of stability and "grounding". 

Try rubbing some Cypress on the soles of your feet or dilute it with fractionated coconut oil and apply to both wrists.

You can inhale Cypress off of a tissue or inhale deeply from the palms of your hands.

You can also use a diffuser to disburse it into your bedroom at night.

Add 10 drops to one cup of Epsom salts and take a relaxing bath before bed time to improve your sleep.

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Frankincense Essential Oil

Do you ever feel nervous or tense and in need of a good depression remedy? Frankincense can be used to combat anxiety, depression and stress in several ways.

Try rubbing a drop on the soles of your feet, the base of your neck, your forehead, your temples and the crown of your head. For best results do this several times a day.

Use a diffuser to put some Frankincense into the air at home or the office. If you are travelling take an inhaler with you so you can breathe some in whenever you feel stressed or anxious.

Add Frankincense to some fractionated coconut oil in a 50:50 blend to fill some gelatin capsules. Consume one capsule 3 times daily with some food.

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German Chamomile Essential Oil

German Chamomile Essential Oil can be used against many stress related illnesses, nervous conditions, headaches and insomnia.

It is even gentle enough for children to inhale. 

To calm you child's anger and temper tantrums pin a handkerchief to their pajama collar and apply a few drops of German Chamomile for them to inhale while they sleep.

As a depression remedy it is known to relieve:

  • anger
  • headache
  • insomnia
  • nervous tension
  • stress
  • tantrums 

Place a couple drops on the back of your neck as well as on your face, temples and the soles of your feet. 

Diffuse 20 drops during the day as well as in the bedroom at night.

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Lavender Essential Oil


For thousands of years Lavender Essential Oil has been used to calm and relax our bodies.

A favorite application is to mix 15-20 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts and add it to your bath water for a nice, calm and relaxed mind and body. This works especially well if done prior to bedtime to promote a good sleep.

You can also try massaging a couple drops on the soles of your feet at bed time to help you sleep through the night.

Rub some oil behind your ears and on your wrists whenever you need a quick depression remedy. The relaxing/calming properties of this oil will enter your blood stream and go to work within minutes.

If you are going to travel, consider taking some oil in an inhaler for use whenever you feel anxious or stressed. 

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Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil works great as a depression remedy either alone or in combination with other oils.

One study demonstrated that aromatherapy using rosemary and lemon in the AM and lavender and orange in the PM has the potential to improve cognitive function. This was especially true in the case of patients suffering from Alzheimer's.

If you are having problems with depression, insomnia and nightmares, try taking a nice hot bath with 10-15 drops of Lemon Essential Oil in one cup of Epsom Salts before bed.

Follow up by diffusing 20 drops of lemon while you sleep.

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Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram Essential Oil has been called "the happiness herb" for a very good reason. As a depression remedy it is known for its calming properties and its ability to effectively target your nervous and cardiovascular systems.

You can consume Marjoram Oil by adding it to any recipe which calls for the dried herb. Each drop is the equivalent of 2 tsp. of the herb. To be safe, make sure that you are using only clinical grade oil when consuming.

Exhaustion, insomnia and stress can be reduced by massaging a couple drops on your temples and on the back of your neck. If you have sensitive skin, first dilute the oil with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut

You can also relax and soothe your nerves by :

  • putting 20 drops into a diffuser and inhaling 
  • putting 20 drops into a cup of Epsom Salts and taking a nice hot aromatic bath
  • applying a couple drops undiluted to your hands and the soles of your feet

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Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli Essential Oil can be used as an effective aphrodisiac and depression remedy supporting feelings of peace, abundance and love. Pleasure hormones like serotonin and dopamine are released which help remove negative thoughts and emotions while providing a sense of clarity.

You can vaporize Patchouli using a diffuser to relieve anxiety, depression and stress. This will serve to create a sense of clarity and relaxation which is needed during meditation and prayer.

For a depression remedy to overcome anxiety and nervous exhaustion, mix equal amounts of Patchouli and fractionated coconut oil and massage it into your hands and feet.

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Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil, can be used to calm and relax, reduce irritability, increase patience and is a great addition to any depression remedy.

Add a 10-15 drops to one cup of Epsom Salts in a nice relaxing bath. 

Take some Roman Chamomile and fractionated coconut in a 50:50 blend and:

  • massage it on your abdomen, sinuses, shoulders, the back of your neck and the soles of your feet
  • consume the blend in a gelatin capsule once a day with some food

Diffusing Roman Chamomile twice a day will help with:

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Rosemary Essential Oil

Do you suffer from fatigue or nervous exhaustion? 

Rosemary Essential Oil can be a great depression remedy when your energy levels are low.

Try inhaling a couple drops of Rosemary from a tissue or the palms of your hands. Inhalation of Rosemary Oil is known to help remove confusion or clear a cloudy mind.

It can also be used in a diffuser or added to a cup of Epsom Salts in a nice relaxing bath.

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Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood Essential Oil can help to calm your mind and promote spiritual balance. Both these qualities are very important in a depression remedy.

In order to ease feelings of anxiety and to overcome depression, stress and insomnia, place a couple drops of Sandalwood in your palms and inhale deeply using both your mouth and nose.

Negative emotions can be eased by rubbing sandalwood, undiluted on your hands and the soles of your feet.

Massaging a 50:50 blend of Sandalwood and fractionated coconut on your forehead can promote relaxation.

A few drops of Sandalwood in a cup of Epsom Salts added to your bath water will help to relieve insomnia.

Short and long term memory may be increased by rubbing Sandalwood onto the back of your neck

Overcome insomnia and stress by diffusing 20 drops at bed time.

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil is known for providing some relief from negative emotions such as:

  • anger
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • fear 
  • frustration
  • stress

As a depression remedy, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil uses its sedative qualities to calm your nerves and create a relaxed state of mind.

It is often combined with other oils in a cup of Epsom Salts to be used in a nice relaxing bath or in a diffuser.

It can be applied undiluted to the soles of your feet before bed or in the morning before getting dressed.

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Oils Recommended for Depression:

Blends that can Help

Look for blends that have titles similar to the following:

  • Calming Blend
  • Anxiety Blend
  • Mental Focus Blend

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