Let Aromatherapy Help Lift Depression and Make Things Better
Depression is tough. Sometime it’s just a passing thing, related to hard times at work or perhaps issues with a treasured relationship. Sometime it’s just feeling down for reasons you can’t pinpoint.
Whatever is going on, aromatherapy is a natural and often effective way to help deal with it. I have seen quite a few articles on this topic, and many testimonials from people who report that aromatherapy has helped them overcome depression and get back more to their “real” self.
It’s worth a try….and you might be pleasantly surprised at the results. Enjoy reading this short excerpt from an article I found today, and please share if you like it!
Researchers aren’t completely sure how aromatherapy works. Some experts believe our sense of smell plays a role. Here’s what we do know about aromatherapy:
The “smell” receptors in your nose communicate with parts of your brain (the amygdala and hippocampus) that serve as storehouses for emotions and memories. When you breathe in essential oil molecules, some researchers believe they stimulate these parts of your brain and influence physical, emotional, and mental health. For example, scientists believe lavender stimulates the activity of brain cells in the amygdala similar to the way some sedative medications work. Other researchers think that molecules from essential oils may interact in the blood with hormones or enzymes.
I was hesitant to explore essential oils to treat depression because they are expensive (although considerably cheaper than a trip to a psychotherapist or psychiatrist) and because early in my recovery, I went down a rabbit hole of new-age techniques to try to cure my depression that delivered me straight to the psych ward. But positive experiences with aromatherapy kept surfacing on my depression community, ProjectBeyondBlue.com, such as:
“Lavender has helped me with chronic migraines for over 15 years.”
“I use my Eucalyptus spray all the time. I’m not joking, this stuff actually lifts my mood!”
“I’ve found that putting a drop or two of lavender essential oil on the inside of my shirt collar helps me with being more calm.”
“I used some essential oils for restless leg syndrome and it worked. I even was able to rid myself of the awful med I was [using]. I also use an oil for bladder infections and it works well.”
So I tried to open my mind a little — something I’ve been forced to do in the last year! For the last 10 nights I have rubbed lavender oil into my temples a half-hour or so before I go to bed. The result? I have slept very well. It made me think more about my sense of smell, and how it can work for me or against me in my quest for sanity. I have an extra-sensitive sniffer (of course, because everything about me is highly sensitive). Whenever I am hit by a waft of pungent perfume — like when my daughter drags me into Bath and Bodyworks at the mall — my mood dips. I seriously respond with anxiety. But when I run a certain trail that is filled with wildflowers, among them lavender, my mood lifts.
Maybe this 6,000-year-old remedy is worth a try.