Natural Home Remedies for Depression August 19 2014
Depression is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide each year. Antidepressants artificially increase levels of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, epinephrine and serotonin, which are often low. But the reason they do not work in many cases of depression is because they target only one aspect of this condition. Depression is such a multifaceted issue, so this “fix” is often only temporary. There are a host of additional factors that contribute to depression, including:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Lack of exercise
- Sleep deficiencies
- Lifestyle issues
- Poor nutrition
- Poor digestion
- Inflammation in the body and the brain
- Stress and spiritual issues
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Environmental toxicity
Essential oils contain molecules that are able to cross the blood/brain barrier, so they can be very effective in helping to treat depression. Oils provide alternative to common antidepressant medications, which are slow to act, provide no guarantees, and have potentially horrific side effects.
The following oils can be very effective when added to a natural regimen for depression:
How to use essential oils for depression:
Diffuse 5-10 drops of 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.
Add 1-2 drops of undiluted oil 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 with lemon and sweet orange oils, as they are 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.
Exercise – Endorphins can be so powerful in combating depression!
Nutrition – A thorough evaluation of proper nutrition can have a drastic impact on overall health.
Sleep – This study highlights the correlation between depression and sleep.
Supplements – Fish oil, folic acid, 5-HTP, SAMe, St. John’s Wort have all been used for years, with great (although varied) results. Make sure you discuss with your health practitioner before beginning any regimen.
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.