As more and more people are advocating for mental health awareness, depression has become a serious topic of conversation. The instant-share nature of social media has supported this movement by allowing teenagers and adults alike to share their struggles with depression and demonstrate the grave consequences when the condition goes untreated. Now more than ever, people are searching for the solution to this mental illness.
Essential oils offer an unlikely yet effective support for depression treatment. While it’s critical to note that essential oils do not replace the medical attention that a doctor or other professional can provide, many people have found a bit of peace, comfort, and relief by using essential oils as a self-care method to combat feelings of sadness and anxiety.
Again, though essential oils should never be used as an alternative to the treatment prescribed by a doctor, oils have been proven to alleviate many of the common symptoms linked to depression. Fatigue, moodiness, loss of appetite, and low libido are all signs of depression, yet they are also all symptoms that essential oils can improve.
The aromas of certain essential oils can have a very strong impact on the brain. The molecules of an essential oil enter your nasal cavity and essentially send messages to the limbic system of your brain. Since the limbic region is responsible for processing emotions or even registering pain, it dictates emotional responses of fear, anger, sadness, and more. The right essential oils can alleviate depression symptoms by positively impacting emotions, heart rate, breathing patterns, production of hormones, and blood pressure.
With more than 50 oils to choose from, it might seem overwhelming to uncover the oils best poised to improve signs of depression. Fortunately, natural and holistic health experts have been doing that exact research for years and have come to the conclusion that four essential oils are especially powerful against depression (though the other 46 can certainly play a role as well).
Lavender: Is there anything that lavender can’t do? Though most often utilised for its skincare abilities, lavender is also widely beloved for minimising stress, reducing anxiety, and improving sleep. The esters and aldehydes found in Lavender are responsible for creating those feelings of tranquility.
Roman Chamomile: Roman Chamomile has been used since antiquity as a medicinal herb to promote relaxation.
Bergamot: Bergamot is a popular citrus oil that naturally reduces blood pressure, heart rate, and nervous activity. Its distinctive floral aroma is very pleasant, and it is proven to bust stress, especially when blended with other oils on this list.
Ylang Ylang: This essential oil actually has a mild sedative effect that lowers stress responses in order to achieve relaxation. As a result, using ylang ylang can assuage negative emotions like anger, low self-esteem, and sadness.
Directly diffusing the four oils listed above is a simple way to enjoy their benefits, but as a manufacturer of consumer products you want to get creative and uncover unique product formulations that can capitalise on the power of essential oil aromatherapy to target depression.
Whatever you plan to do, it is essential that you work with skilled product formulators and ingredients experts. Without the highest quality essential oils and base ingredients, your products will not deliver on their promises.
This is where Aromatic Ingredients can help! Call us at 03 9702 3698 to learn more about our products and services that are dedicated to improving the success of your own company.