Depression Remedy

There are several Essential oils that can be utilized 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.

note: None of the information provided on this site should be used to replace that of your medical professional. See Disclaimer


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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 are suffering 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 creates a calming environment which promotes confidence and a relaxed mood it works well as part of your depression remedy.

If you are struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia or nervous exhaustion, try putting 15 drops in a cup of Epsom salts and take a relaxing hot bath.

I like using it in a steam room but you can also diffuse 20 drops into the air or inhale from a cotton ball placed inside your pillowcase at night.

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Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary Sage Essential Oil can relieve you of anxiety disorders, chronic stress, migraines and nervous tension and has been used in medical circles as an acute depression remedy.

It works as a sedative to calm the central nervous system and treat disorders such as:

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

  • hysteria
  • nervousness
  • vertigo

It has also been known to boost self-esteem and confidence as well as mental strength.

Diffusing Clary Sage into your environment can have a large impact on symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Add a few drops to a bowl of steaming water and cover your head with a towel to breathe in the steam.

Include some Clary Sage with Sandalwood or other citrus oils in a diffuser twice a day or inhale off of a tissue.

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Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential Oil works well as a depression remedy.

It can be very calming and can provide a sense of stability in times of uncertainty which is helpful for people who are experiencing emotional stress or are having trouble sleeping.

Rub some oil on the soles of your feet to feel more grounded.

Rub a few drops of Cypress Oil on your palms or put on a tissue and inhale deeply. Cypress can also be disbursed into the room by a diffuser, especially at the bedside at night.

Add a few drops to a cup of Epsom salts and take a nice relaxing bath.

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Frankincense Essential Oil

Whenever you feel nervous or tense, or in need of a good depression remedy, try rubbing a few drops on the bottoms of your feet. I have found it easiest to drop Frankincense oil on one foot and then use it to rub the other foot so I don't get any on my hands.

Several times a day, apply a drop on your temples and forehead as well as the crown of your head and the base of your neck.

Diffuse into the air to combat depression, anxiety and stress.

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

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German Chamomile Essential Oil

German Chamomile Essential Oil has been used as a depression remedy for many nervous conditions and stress-related illnesses.

It relieves insomnia, stress, nervous tension, headache and insomnia, and can calm tantrums and anger.

It is gentle enough so children can inhale the oil to calm tantrums and anger.

Put a few drops on a cotton ball or on a handkerchief and pin it to their pajama collar or place it in their pillow case. 

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

German Chamomile Essential Oil can assist with stress, nervous tension, headache and insomnia.

Apply a couple drops undiluted directly on the back of your neck, your face and your temples.

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Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil has been used for thousands of years in the bath to calm and relax the mind and body.

Mix 15 – 20 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts and add it to your bath water. Try this at bed time to promote relaxation prior to going to sleep.

Massage a couple drops on the soles of your feet at bed time if you have problems sleeping 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.

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Lemon Essential Oil

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

According to a study of the use of rosemary and lemon essential oils in the morning, and lavender and orange in the evening, aromatherapy was found to have some potential for improving cognitive function, especially in AD patients. 

Are you having problems with nightmares and insomnia, depression and anxiety?

  • Diffuse 20 drops of lemon
  • Take a relaxing bath with 15 drops of lemon in a cup of Epsom salts. Massage your feet and hands with lemon oil
  • Rub a couple drops of Lemon oil into your palms and inhale

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Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram Essential Oil, known as "the happiness herb" is a great depression remedy because it has calming properties which effectively target the nervous and cardiovascular systems of your body.

Diffuse 20 drops into your environment to promote love and positive feelings as well as to relax and soothe your nerves.

You can take Marjoram internally by using it in recipes that call for the dried herb. 1 drop of oil is equivalent to 2 tsp. of herbs. (make sure to use clinical grade oil if you are taking internally)

Relieve tension and stress by applying a couple drops to the back of your neck. Dilute first with some carrier oil such as fractionated coconut

In order to treat exhaustion, insomnia, stress and nervous tension:

  • Massage a couple drops of Marjoram Essential Oil on the back of your neck and on your temples.
  • Massage your hands and the bottoms of your feet with a couple drops.
  • Diffuse 20 drops into your environment or take a hot aromatic bath with 10-15 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts and inhale deeply. 

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Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli Essential Oil can be used aromatically in a depression remedy to provide a sense of clarity while removing negative thoughts and emotions.

Patchouli releases pleasure hormones like serotonin and dopamine which makes it an effective aphrodisiac that supports happy feelings of peace, abundance and love.

Diffuse or vaporize patchouli to create a sense of clarity and help relieve anxiety, stress and depression. These calming properties are very effective for relaxation and it is often used during prayer and meditation. 

Apply it topically in a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut to overcome anxiety or nervous exhaustion. Simply massage it into your hands and feet for a quick pick-me-up which affects your entire body.

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Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil, well known for its ability to calm and relax, reduce irritability, increase patience and is a great addition to any depression remedy.

Add a few drops to a cup of Epsom Salts in a nice warm bath. 

Massage a 50:50 blend of Roman Chamomile and carrier oil such as aloe and fractionated coconut on the back of your neck, your sinuses, chest, shoulders, abdomen and feet.

Take a 50:50 blend of oil and fractionated coconut in a veggie cap once a day with a meal.  

Diffusing Roman chamomile twice a day will help with:

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Rosemary Essential Oil

If you are suffering from fatigue or nervous exhaustion diffuse some Rosemary Essential Oil into the room or put 20 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts and take a nice relaxing bath.

A couple drops of Rosemary oil can also be placed on a tissue or on your palms and inhaled directly. This works great to remove a cloudy mind or confusion when your energy levels are low and, of course, it makes for a great depression remedy.

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Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood Oil can be used in a diffuser to calm your mind and promote spiritual balance, both important in a depression remedy.

  • Rub a couple drops into your palms and inhale through your mouth and nose to dismiss feelings of anxiety, overcome depression, insomnia and stress.
  • Massage a 50:50 blend of Sandalwood and carrier oil such as fractionated coconut on your hands and feet to ease negative emotions.
  • Add a few drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil to a cup of Epsom Salts in your bath to relieve insomnia.
  • Rub a couple drops on your forehead to promote relaxation
  • Sandalwood massaged onto the back of your neck will promote short as well as long term memory.
  • Diffuse 20 drops to overcome depression, insomnia and stress

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil in a depression remedy can provide you with some relief from stress and negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, depression, fear and frustration.

Take advantage of its sedative qualities by blending a small amount with other oils and:

  • add 15 drops to a cup of Epsom Salts in a relaxing bath
  • massage it on the bottoms of your feet
  • diffuse 20 drops into the room

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil has been proven to provide relief from stress and anxiety and can calm your nerves so as to put you in a relaxed state of mind.

It can provide you with some relief from stress and negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, depression, fear and frustration.

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Recommended Oils for Depression:

Blends that can Help

Look for blends that have titles similar to the following:

  • Calming Blend
  • Anxiety Blend
  • Mental Focus Blend

I will soon develop pages with suggested blend formulas to match the above list. As I do the items in the list will become links.

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