Related: Aroma Therapy; Catholic Style
Taken straight from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, here are the oils suggested for depression:
The following reflects our personal opinion; oils affect people differently.
We have tried all of the single oils listed (except Geranium and Angelica), and by far and away YL's Frankincense, Lavender and Orange were the most successful for depression for us. While Ylang Ylang smells interesting (I'm still not sure whether I like it or not), it did little for depression. Lemon and Grapefruit are great oils, but I'm not sure how well they tackle depression on their own. Our kids (in their 20s) all liked Orange (they put 3-5 drops of oil in 4-6 ounces of rice milk or almond milk, and sometimes would add in Lemon too); they all stated they "felt better" when they took it. Frankincense is not only good for depression but incredibly good for hysterics in both children and adults. Like throwing a light switch [truly]. So, if you have issues regarding "road rage," fear no more... And Lavender is a tremendous stress reducer. I use it all the time at the dentist's office, and I almost fell asleep last time I was there.
We've tried some of the blends, and I'm not sure I can recommend any (for depression). Joy seems to get high marks from other distributors, and much good is said about Valor as well, but I personally don't care too much for the scents of either one of them. I like Sacred Mountain and Brain Power and Harmony is interesting, but again, I don't know how effective they are for depression.
P.S. Melissa oil is outstanding for bringing about peacefulness, reducing vertigo too, and supposedly good for Graves Disease as well. But at $200 a 5ml bottle (retail), it shakes up the wallet substantially. We, however, ended up purchasing 3-4 bottles of the oil from Young Living anyway, after benefiting from the first bottle so strongly. We just recently ordered Melissa from another source, though (less $$ as they are not a multi-level marketing company), and will get back to you with our opinion.
[Update:] We have received Rocky Mountain's Melissa Essential Oil (I purchased their Ultrasonic Nebulizer to disperse it), and so far, so good. Still a stiff price, but I love this oil. It's great to have Melissa back in the home again, if only for awhile. Remember, you can drink Lemon Balm Tea (aka Melissa), and receive some nice health benefits, too, at a fraction of the cost (the essential oil is pricey because it takes an enormous amount of dry material to procure the oil). When the tea is in our kitchen cabinet, we partake every day. Here's the link to the brand we love: http://shop.traditionalmedicinals.com/Organic-Lemon-Balm/p/TDM-000242&c=TraditionalMedicinals@Herbal Enjoy!
An informative link on Melissa Oil from a doTERRA Essential Oil distributor.
Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.