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If you want to include essential oils for depression relief in your efforts to feel better, select oils that can stimulate and strengthen your nervous system. The effectiveness of aromatherapy for depression will depend on your individual mental and physical condition.
If you are seriously depressed, please get professional help.
Skip to information about postpartum depression.
The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness suggests the following essential oils for depression relief:
To that list, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy adds:
The book notes none of the oils are a miracle cure but do complement and support other depression therapies.
Here are a few suggestions:
Massage your feet with the following blend:
Get a massage with the following blend:
Source: Essential Oils For Healing
Blend the following ingredients in a small container that has a cap. Keep the container with you and smell as needed.
Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies
Use for the following blend for massage or add the blend to bath water and soak 15 to 20 minutes.
Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art
For feelings of postpartum depression, try any of the following essential oils:
Massage: Add up to 8 drops essential oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil. Get a gentle, full-body massage, with a focus on your back.
Bath: Take a bath with an added 4 to 5 drops essential oil.
Diffusion: Diffuse the essential oil.
Air freshener: Add 5 drops essential oil to one cup distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray around the room.
Baby Blues Bath Blend
Combine the oils. Stir the blend into a warm bath.
Source: Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques
Other Essential Oil For Depression Postpartum
Blends recommended by The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for baby blues include:
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