The founder of BoM went on a 2 week break to Egypt recently and whilst there discovered an essential oils seller. As the founder’s mother is a holistic therapist he already had a good idea of what purpose each oil had but he discovered a few that are known to help people with particular problems in the mind such as depression, anxiety and lack of focus. In this blog post he will discuss 11 essential oils that are known to have health benefits for those with depression, anxiety and more.
1. Lotus Flower – known to help with depression and stress relief
Lotus flower essential oil was used in ancient egyptian times by the pharoahs as its essence is meant to maintain a happier sense of being and it is believed, can help you to reduce stress levels and sometimes improve the mood of someone suffering depression.
Ancient Romans used to use the oil in their quest to compress respiratory problems (like asthma) as they believed it helped the user breath more deeply. Many still use the oil when meditating as its combination of its believed ability to make you feel more joyful, relax you, breath more deeply and increase feelings of tranquility all help make the oil a great tool to meditate on.
Lotus flower, although known for thousands of years to help with mood enhancement has also been known to be an effective remedy for headaches, nausea, morning sickness, diarrhea and vomiting. Lotus flower has also known to improve sexual function and act as an aphrodisiac.
2. Lavender – reduces anxiety, stress and tension
Probably one of the most used essential oils and most universal with its well known calming effects and is believed to be able to relax both the physical and emotional bodies.
If you struggle with sleep smelling Lavender can help you fall to asleep, it is believed to be so relaxing that people who put it on their pillow sometimes replace modern medicine when suffering from Insomnia.
Not only does Lavender have these properties but it also can help repel pesky insects from your home. It is said to acts like a natural repellent keeping bugs like wasps, flies and mosquitos away and out of your home.
Lavender has many claimed qualities and another is that is considered able to soothe those suffering from muscle pains or joint aches and also known to be used as antiseptic on minor cuts, burns, stings and bug bites.
3. Chamomile – Paranoia, anxiety and hostility
Again, a favourite of the Romans, would use chamomile to help calm nerves, mental anxiety, paranoia and people with hostility problems but has also been know to support those with digestive health problems thus why you can often see chamomile tea on the shelves of your supermarket.
4. Rose – Stress and depression
Rose is known to be quite versatile like Lavender in what it can be used for but is one oil often known to relief stress and depression. It is a little more expensive than other oils due to 60,000 roses needed for every ounce of rose oil.
5 – Jasmine (Jasminum officinale). – relaxation, confidence and optimisim
Jasmine is an essential oil that stimulates and uplifts producing feelings of confidence and optimism. Some people say this oil is good for alleviating depression but better known for bringing about relaxation and helping alleviate those suffering with headaches.
6 – Orange – Depression & improved immune system
Researchers from Mei University in Japan found that patients who had orange fragrance administered to them were able to reduce normal anti-depressants they took. The oil can be taken internally or diffused through an oil burner.
7. Ylang ylang – anger and stress
Ylang Ylang is said to be able to calm those who have anger or stress problems in their life by inhaling the aroma and has been known to lower blood pressure. This oil should be diffused with an oil burner or applied typical to the feet, neck, wrist and back.
Ylang Ylang is also known to be an aphrodisiac as much as a stress reliever so keep this in mind when selecting the appropriate smell to inhale.
8. Geranium – cheery and helps stop a negative spiraling mood
Geranium essential oil is known to help to improve downwards spiraling moods of negativity and has been known in some instances to give the user a cheery disposition.
9. Blue Tansy Essential Oil – negative emotions
Blue Tansy Essential Oil is also known as Moroccan Chamomile and can help with people who have a lot of anger or resentment and those who tend to think negatively and harbour a lot of negative emotion from a past experience.
10. Clary sage – anxiety & stress soothing
This essential oil when inhaled is believed to help reduce the feelings of anxiety. In the Korean Academy of Nursing there was a study done involving the inhalation of clary sage with lavender, peppermint and rosemary. The combination of these oils resulted in less anxiety for those taking a stress test.
This is not a cure for anxiety as you need to do other things alongside smelling the aroma of Clary sage but it is believed to have a temporary calming effect. Some therapists say it has an anti-depressant quality but is not well established in science.
11. Sandalwood – anxiety & insomnia
Sandalwood is in a lot of aftershaves for men and is also one of the most expensive essences available on the market. It has a sweet but woodsy outdoors scent and is believed to be very beneficial in reducing anxiety. There have been tests done and people that used the essence found that it reduced anxiety and helped those with insomnia as well as improving their overall sleep quality.
Sandalwood is also sometimes used in massage therapy.
Seek a professional aromatherapist to start using essential oils appropriately
If you are intrigued by the list of essential oils above and want to experience using aroma to try and provide a new experience it is recommended you find a reputable and professional alternative aromatherapist.
The reason you should seek a professional rather than do it yourself is that mixing essential oils can be toxic if mixed incorrectly, as well as if you are already on medication you must be careful of mixing the aromatherapy with some medicine so always seek advice if unsure if the oil you have selected is safe from a professional therapist.
This list was created to give you an insight into how aromatherapy might be a therapy you want to pursue. If you have already seeked professional advice and currently understand what essential oils to use we will be adding quality oils to our shop very shortly.
Also keep in mind that 100% pure organic essentials oils are made from plant materials and therefore quite different from cheaper artificial fragrance oils so always look for the more expensive option if you can.
Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.