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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]. Might be helpful regarding "road rage." Keep a bottle in the car! And Lavender is a tremendous stress reducer. I use it ALL the time at the dentist's office; a bottle of Lavender in one hand, my rosary in the other.
We've tried some of the blends listed, and I'm not sure I can recommend any (for depression). Joy gets high marks from other distributors and customers, though, 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 a lot and Brain Power and Harmony are interesting, but again, I don't know how effective they are for depression. We do plan on trying Young Living Hope Essential Oil which is in a base of almond oil, and includes Melissa, Myrrh, Juniper, and Spruce Essential Oils, all individual oils we've tried and have really enjoyed.
Hope™ helps you reconnect with feelings of strength and grounding, restoring hope for tomorrow. This unique blend brings together the benefits of essential oils with the power to uplift and balance the emotions, making you more open to the joys that lie ahead. It may also help to overcome severe, dark thoughts.There's one blend left out on the above list we do recommend and that is Young Living Abundance Essential Oil. Peppermint is not on the Single Oils list but it always lifts us up.
Like most other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against anxiety and restlessness. Furthermore, it stimulates mental activity, clears the mind, and increases focus on cognitive tasks.If I'm not mistaken, Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil is one of YL's top-selling oils. We use it as a deodorant too (sometimes neat), but the recommended dilution is 50:50. One of my friends who stated she's really not into essential oils in general, then went on to say she always has a bottle of Young Living Peppermint Oil on hand.
Cautions regarding Peppermint:
- Avoid use on children under 5 years
- Avoid contact with eyes, mucus membranes, and sensitive skin
- Use with caution if pregnant
- May cause extreme skin irritation, dilution recommended
- Use with caution if dealing with high blood pressure
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 5 ml 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. If you don't mind making the investment, it's truly an outstanding oil.
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.