Mental Health & Essential Oils

7279011674_52bc635f48_zAbout a year ago, an acquaintance told me that essential oils, which I’ve heard a lot about because aromatherapy seems trendy, can help improve depression in a natural way. If there was an inkling that it would work, I was willing to try almost anything to lift my mood to baseline.

So in March 2017, I bought bottles of Bergamot and Lavender oils from an Aveda salon, because the former is supposed to help with depression. It has relaxing qualities that relieves tension, and therefore, reduces depression. The latter has calming effects that soothe anxiety. I have no idea how this works.

A few drops of oil are mixed with water in a diffuser (which is kind of like a humidifier) that disperses the scent throughout the room in which the diffuser is placed. Or you can place a drop or two in a diffuser necklace or bracelet to carry the scent with you wherever you go. However, Bergamot is toxic to cats (I can’t find a link, but it affects their liver somehow), of which we have 2, so I simply inhale the scent directly from the bottle, which you can do with some oils, in the morning.

Lavender, on the other hand, is safe for dogs and cats. In fact, some animal clinics use it in their waiting room to help calm their patients. So I used that in the diffuser. Rudy didn’t seem to like the scent because he’d leave the living room whenever the diffuser was running. The cats rarely leave the bedroom unless it’s mealtime, so I don’t know that it affected them. I’m not sure it calmed Rudy. It certainly had no effect on me, so that was a bust.

I’ve been inhaling Bergamot since last March. It has a nice, citrus scent that gives me a short energy boost despite it being touted as a relaxant. Has it improved my depression? No.

Some people swear by essential oils, and I’m not knocking them. But my own experience with aromatherapy was a big fail.

Do you use essential oils? Do they work for you?

via Daily Prompt: Inkling

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14 thoughts on “Mental Health & Essential Oils

  1. I just use them to make the house smell good 😛 I dont use them to calm me although I do use them to ground sometimes my therapist uses rose so that is what I use. xx

  2. We use essential oils in my house hold quite frequently. I use a few in my skin care regime. All researched by my mother. The lavender does a great job at relaxing by rubbing it on my wrist and behind my ears. The trick is applying before the nerves take hold. Put in your bath at night, it’ll help you to sleep. There are multiple combinations that I do not purchase. I prefer the individual oils, combining them myself. The one’s we use for skincare will show results when used daily over a period of time. They help with aging and scars. Rosehip is the one I use the most for aging. It is the #1 ingredient in expensive all natural skin care lines. The trick is to purchase the 100% pure oils. They can get expensive but I have found them to be effective, not in the instance of an anxiety attack or sudden onslaught of mental issues. As far as cold sickness and skin care, relaxation and smell good, I recommend them. I will see what sights my mother researched and comment with the info, if you are interested,

    1. My sister-in-law uses peppermint and eucalyptus for her girls’ sinuses. I appreciate the offer, but I think my use of essential oils has come to an end. 🌻

    1. They, unfortunately, didn’t work for me, but I do realize there are plenty of people who benefit from using them. 🌻

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