Aromatherapy for Depression

Easy to Make Natural Remedies to Lighten Your Load

Using aromatherapy for depression really can help lift your mood, especially in partnership with other happiness-boosting activities like exercise and healthy eating.

If you're sad, tired, irritable or just generally not yourself, these natural depression remedies might be just the pick-me-up you need.

Aromatherapy home remedies for depression can help ease that awful sense of being "stuck" that often comes with depression. They're also useful for relieving some of the various symptoms of depression.

For example, aromatherapy depression home remedies can help...

Ease anxiety

Relieve tension

Reduce stress

Calm fear

Quiet restlessness

Soften irritability

Relieve insomnia

Boost low energy

Improve poor concentration

Aromatherapy won't "cure" depression, but it does trigger a positive emotional and physical response by stimulating your body's limbic and endocrine systems, which are important in regulating depression.

It's best to use aromatherapy for depression to support other treatments if your depression is severe or unmanageable. Please do not use information from to diagnose or treat a medical or psychological condition. Click here to see full disclaimer.

orange essential oil for depression

Best Essential Oils for Depression

Bergamot, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, rose, sandalwood, spruce, vanilla, vetiver, ylang ylang

Essential Oil Blends for Depression

This portable little aromatherapy inhaler is great because you can carry it in your bag or keep it in your desk (keep an extra one in your car - it's great for road rage!) and use it whenever you need a lift.

Pour a teaspoon of coarse sea salt in a very small dark glass or PET plastic bottle and add one of the following blends:

Mood Lifter for Irritable Depression

10 drops Bergamot essential oil

5 drops Grapefruit

4 drops Sweet Orange

1 drop Geranium essential oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil

Comforting Blend for Grief-Related Depression

10 drops Rose Absolute or Rose Otto essential oil

4 drops Sandalwood essential oil

4 drops Neroli OR Petitgrain essential oil

Soothing Blend for Anxious Depression

8 drops Lavender essential oil

8 drops Grapefruit essential oil

2 drops Marjoram essential oil

1 drop Chamomile essential oil

1 drop Geranium essential oil

To use, take three long, slow, deep breaths of the aroma. If you're really stressed out or miserable, take a short break, then take three more deep breaths. You can do this up to three times.

When the scent in your aromatherapy inhaler fades, just add in another batch of the essential oils, give the bottle a shake and you're good to go again.

Another great option is to make the above blends into a bath or body oil. Simply add the essential oils to 2oz (1/4 cup) aromatherapy carrier oil of your choice.

What Next?

Look through the bath oil, bath salt and massage oil recipes. There's a lot of aromatherapy home remedies for depression that can help! Here's a sample for you to check out... Choose one or two depending on the symptoms that are bothering you the most and give them a try - it really can't hurt!

Tension Tamer Bath Salts

Happy Aromatherapy Bath Oil

Stress Relief Massage Oil

Summer Rose Bath Salts

Aromatherapy Diffuser Recipes

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