Essential Oils for Anxiety, Stress, Depression
Have you tinkered with the idea of using essential oils (EO) but just didn’t know where to start? Yep, me too! There’s so much info out there to digest it can get confusing pretty darn fast. Sometimes I feel like I want to barf trying to figure it all out.
When I wrote my book, Being Happy Raising Happy, I did a bit of research wanting to find the best EO’s to use when you’re suffering from stress, anxiety or even depression.
Understandably, when you are raising a spirited child, it’s not unusual to experience one (or all three) of these conditions at the same time! I had many a day like that myself. And, what I found is that there are three stands out oils to use to combat those extra stressful days when you just might need a tiny bit of extra help!
There are so many fantastic reasons to use essential oils, and these three have therapeutic health benefits too.
The Top Essential Oils for Anxiety, Stress, Depression
Rose: Rose oil is an excellent oil and smells so good, it reminds me of growing up in Portland Oregon and brings back so many loving memories of my mama. This oil is very effective in reducing anxiety and depression because it contains flavonoids, which include free radical reducing antioxidant compounds.
Rose oil has many uses including, fights depression, can boost libido, promotes skin health, aids in digestion, helps with PMS and menstrual symptoms, may relieve seizures AND serves as a wonderfully scented perfume!
Bergamot: Bergamot Oil has a citrusy and delightful scent. This oil is highly researched, and it’s known to reduce stress and anxiety especially for people with mild depression, it’s also is used for pain relief.
Bergamot is unique among citrus oils because of it’s ability to be both uplifting and calming, it’s also known to fight bacteria.
Avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after external application, also, if may affect blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.
Bergamot oil has many uses including: improves mood and serves as a natural anti-depressant, encourages lymphatic drainage, helps digestion, acts as a natural deodorant, reduces stress, manages food cravings, and supports immunity.
Many teachers use this oil in their classroom diffuser to help them calm students and reduce stress before tests. I love it added to coconut oil – it’s soft and moisturizing.
Lavender: Yes, a solid go-to-oil and a proven stress reducer. Try it in your diffuser, added to your bath or shower and a few drops on your pillow at night.
I add a few drops of oil to my bracelet, yep my bracelet which has a couple of lava beads. The beads soak up the oil, and I can smell it for days.
Lavender oil has many uses including, promotes sleep, soothes burns, sunburns, and cuts, helps relieve anxiety and stress, combats high blood pressure, stimulates healthy blood sugar balance, helps relieve headaches and migraines, and encourages healthy skin. Wow!
Experiment with how you use oils for anxiety, stress, depression
Inhalation is the quickest way to get oils into your system, but you can also soak it in by adding oils to your bath water or use a carrier oil and apply along with the oil to your skin (olive oil, grape seed oil & coconut oil are my favorites!)
So the next time you’re having an extra stressful day or evening, grab one of these oils to help relieve the stress and anxiety. It’s a wonderful holistic way to alleviate depression as well. One wonderful bonus is that it will positively affect the rest of your family at the same time. Do you want to learn more about EO that you just gotta try? Read here. Enjoy!