Aromatherapy for Depression

aromatherapy for depression

Depression – a journey into the Light

Depression, which literally means ‘a lowering’, occurs when person’s energy becomes depleted, blocked, and pulled down. Wide range of psychological issues and pressures can lead to feelings of depression. Its primary source is an unresolved, repressed, or forgotten emotions and thoughts such as grief, trauma, crisis, conflict or loss, lack of harmony with Nature, damaging relationships, lack of life purpose, meaninglessness among others. From a soul-centred perspective, depression is a natural human response to an endless variety of circumstances and states of unresolved suffering, or tension within the psyche.

There’s always a rebirth at the end of the journey!

It is important for you to remember that you did not feel like that all your life, even if fit feels like that. Depression is often a valuable phase of a person’s life journey. Depression is soul’s need to demean onself in order to re-assess its priorites, directions, relationships, self-image, spirituality and personal values. It is not something you will have to live with for the rest of your life, but definitely a moment to stop and reflect. Above all, learn to be kind to yourself, and listen to your heart to find out what the soul in you needs.


There is a strong connection between the physical and the psychological aspects of our well-being. All the psychological processes take place in the nervous system. Therefore, if there is a disease on the psychological level, it will reflect in the physical; and when there is a disease on the physical level, this will reflect in the psychological (Shapiro 2007). Essentials oils can help balance, relax and restore the nervous system (Battaglia 2003). Aromatherapy allows you to work naturally through unresolved pain or trauma. In aromatherapy it is very important to chose the essential oils according to the individual needs and moods, as depression has many faces: Agitation: Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Geranium, Sweet marjoram, Neroli, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Spikenard. Emotional instability: Benzoin, Clary sage, Lavender, Sweet orange, Geranium. Nervous exhaustion: Clary sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Sandalwood. Fatigue: Basil, Cypress, Peppermint. Headaches: Lavender, Peppermint, Sweet marjoram, Melissa. Insomnia: Neroli, Lavender, Sweet marjoram, Petitgrain, Sweet orange, Sandalwood. Irritability & frustration: Bergamot, German and Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Yarrow, Everlasting. Sadness: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Sweet orange, Mandarin, Melissa, Jasmine absolute, Rose. Apathy: Ginger, Thyme, Juniper berry, Rosemary, Cypress. Pay attention to your own preferences in regards to the oil or oils you would like to use.

Aromatherapy for Depression

Lavender bliss lavender biedronkaTo enjoy the calming effect of lavender, use 4 drops of lavender essential oil to 10ml of base oil and massage it into your arms and temples. Lavender oil can be replaced with any other oil, according to your needs. Inhalation Add drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water and inhale it through mouth and nose covering head with a towel for up to 5 minutes. Tea Put half a teaspoon of lavender (dried flowers 1-1.5g), to the warmed teapot and pour into it 200ml of freshly boiled water. Cover the teapot to limit the loss of volatiles of the plant. Leave it for 10-15 minutes, until it brews. Drink it two times during the day and before going to bed. Bath Run a deep warm bath at bedtime and add 3 drops of essential oil mixed with carrier oil before getting into the bath. Lower the lights, or use only a candle, and relax. Think calm thoughts and let the tension sidle off into the water. Aromatherapy Massage for Depression Aromatherapy treatments have a wonderful energising, uplifting effect on the nervous system and help lift the Spirit. Essential oils can help balance, relax and restore the nervous system.


Some food can influence the action of substances (neurotransmitters), which in our brain are responsible for mood and well-being.

Tryptophan, which plays an important role in the proper functioning of our brain – is involved in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for the good mood and reducing symptoms of depression. Occurs among others in bananas, chicken, peas and potatoes.

It is believed that omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in fish and seafood, can boost proper functioning of the brain. Now, for those being vegan, it is possible to supply your body with necessary Omega 3 oils from plants such as flaxseeds, and hemp among others.

Increase complex carbohydrate intake and reduce sugar intake. Take vitamin B Complex. Its deficiency is associated with anxiety and depression. B vitamins are participating in the synthesis of enzymes responsible for the metabolism of substances regulating mood. Can be found in in peas, lentils, asparagus, leafy vegetables. There is a link between folic acid deficiency and cerebral metabolism – emission responsible for mood. It can be found all products mentioned above. Supply your body with appropriate amount of magnesium and calcium. Its deficiency is linked to nervousness and depression. Avoid alcohol and coffeine. Reduce fat intake as it can contribute to depression through slowing the metabolism.


St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a traditional herbal remedy used to relieve the symptoms of slightly low mood and mild anxiety. One of its best-known active compounds is hypericin, and some clinical studies show that it alone has a positive effect on depression.

Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) the root contains glycyrrhizin, which stimulates the adrenal glands to produce hydrocortisone in the body. Interestingly, adrenal gland dysfunction has been linked to depression and related disorders.

Licorice root can be drunk as a tea, up to three cups a day, or taken in capsule form. But be cautious about taking licorice for prolonged periods of time (more than 4 weeks) as it can cause water retention and high blood pressure.

Safety: Always check with your therapist if essential oils that you want to use are safe and appropriate.

If you live in Wellington, NZ and are looking for natural depression relief – contact me on(+64) 0210778203 or 

Battaglia, S. (2003) The complete guide to aromatherapy, 2nd ed The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Brisbane, Australia Readers Digest Association, Inc. (2003)

Fight back with food Price, L. Price, S. (1999)

Aromatherapy for Heath Professional, 2nd edn, Churchill Livingstone, UK Shapiro, D. (2007)

Your body speaks your mind Piaktus Books Ltd UK Maureen, B.
Depression: Soul’s Quest for Depth, Meaning & Wholeness Waking Times What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital Excerpted from:  The Natural Medicine Guide to Schizophrenia, or The Natural Medicine Guide to Bi-polar Disorder, pages 178-189, Stephanie Marohn (featuring Malidoma Patrice Somé).  


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