Lemon Oil: Using lemon oil for postpartum depression May 27 2014
Postpartum depression is a clinical condition that affects millions of women worldwide each year within the first year after giving birth. The cause is not fully understood, but considering the extreme hormonal changes that a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy and childbirth, it’s not surprising that for some, these hormonal fluctuations will take a great toll. Symptoms of postpartum depression are similar to those of traditional depression, including sadness, irritability, lethargy, insomnia, loss of interest in every day activities, crying, loss of libido, and a general sense of unhappiness in life.
Lemon essential oil (citrus limonium) has fantastic energizing properties, having a stimulant-like effect on the brain and an energizing effect on the body. Lemon oil contains a high content of d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant that is helpful in inhibiting the accumulation of toxins, which in turn acts to improve circulation and therefore oxygen to all organs. This allows for a clearer mind and body, which in turn creates an energizing and mood enhancing effect. For many, lemon oil provides a natural solution for mild to moderate cases of depression. This oil is a fantastic alternative to common antidepressant medications, which are slow to act, provide no guarantees, and have horrific side effects.
How to use lemon oil to help with postpartum depression:
Diffuse 5-10 lemon oil in a steam vaporizer throughout the day. This constant exposure to the vapors alleviates both emotional and physical symptoms of depression.
Take 3 drops underneath the tongue in the morning and again at night. This is the quickest way for this oil to absorb into the bloodstream.
For use topically, add a few drops to an unscented carrier oil (such as almond or jojoba) or lotion and rub on any desired part of the body. Adding a couple drops to a morning face regimen can help set the stage for increased mental function throughout the rest of the day.
Lemon oil can also be used topically in its undiluted (“neat”) form. Add 1-2 drops to the bridge of the nose, behind the ears, and to reflex points such as the inside of the wrists, between the toes and on the bottoms of feet. Use caution when doing this, as lemon oil is photosensitive and may cause a skin reaction when combined with sunlight.
For a quick boost, place a few drops on your palms, rub them together, cup hands around nose and mouth, and breathe in deeply.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.
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