Essential Oils have been around for more than 6000 years, and originated in the countries Egypt, China, India, Rome, and Greece. The different oils have helped many people in so many ways. They are not a cure-all, but definitely are wonderful for reducing symptoms for depression and anxiety.
Statistics on Depression and Anxiety:
According to Healthline.com (1), 350 million people worldwide have some form of depression. In the US alone, 16.2 million adults suffer from depression, including new mothers.
In regards to anxiety, there are 40 million American adults from age 18+ who have an anxiety disorder, yet only 36.9% of people are receiving treatment (2).
How to Use Essential Oils:
Diffuse: This is one of the best ways to smell the aroma of essential oils and have the aromatics travel throughout your home. Just fill your diffuser with water and add 4-7 drops of essential oils.
Topical Use: The easiest way to apply essential oils to your skin is by adding 3-8 drops to a roller bottle. The amount of drops will depend on age and sensitivity. After adding the essential oils, you will fill the rest of the bottle up with a carrier oil such as almond, apricot, or jojoba.
Inhale: This is the quickest way for you to receive the benefits of essential oils. After inhaling, the oils will start working within 20 seconds.
Salves or Lotions: You can make your own salve or lotion and add essential oils to the mixture. This is most beneficial to help with sleep or physical pain associated with depression.
Click below to learn about essentials oils for depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
The Top 20 Oils to Reduce Symptoms of Depression:
- Ylang Ylang
- Clary Sage
- Wild Orange
- Roman Chamomile
The 13 Essential Oils Recommended for Anxiety Disorders and Nervousness:
- Ylang Ylang
- Roman Chamomile
- Sweet Orange
I personally have depression and anxiety. I was diagnosed with depression at age 13. It wasn’t until my early twenties when I was told I had anxiety. I probably had it earlier on during my teenage years, but just never knew about it. Depression and anxiety run in my family.
Depression can be based on genetics, seasonal, situational, or post-partum. Anxiety can also be genetic. But some people may have it due to brain chemistry, life events, social pressures, or prior traumatic events.
It is not uncommon for someone with depression to have anxiety, bipolar or another mental health condition.
Per adaa.org (2) “many people with an anxiety disorder also have a co-occurring disorder or physical illness, which can make their symptoms worse and recovery more difficult.”
That’s why it is so important to take care of your mental health. Whether you take medication, exercise, eat right, meditate, breath deeply during anxiety/panic attacks, use essential oils or other home remedies, you have to find what will work for you.
The essential oils that work for me for my depression are Bergamot, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, Frankincense, and Patchouli. Bergamot is my absolute favorite. It takes me from a funk and puts a smile on my face. It lifts up my mood and helps me change my outlook on things. It truly is my go to oil. But the other oils I mentioned work just as well.
For my anxiety, I use Vetiver, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, and Peppermint. For more calming, stress-reducing oils I would recommend any of the first 4. I do have to warn you though, Roman Chamomile and Lavender can make you feel sleepy. They are actually what I use to help me sleep. Peppermint on the other hand, is something that not only calms my nerves, but it also excites me and gives me energy.
Recipes for Roller Bottles or a Diffuser:
Lift My Mood – For Depression:
3 drops Neroli, 2 Drops Patchouli and 2 drops Mandarin
Stress No More – For Anxiety:
4 drops Vetiver, 2 Drops Patchouli, and 1 drop Frankincense
Stop the Panic – for Panic Attacks:
2 drops Ylang Ylang, 2 drops Roman Chamomile, and 1 drop Tangerine
If you have depression or anxiety or know someone who does, I would suggest looking into a support group online through facebook or reddit. It can be helpful to know that you are not alone and that there are other people going through this too. Another option would be to talk with a counselor one-on-one or through group therapy.
If you are feeling suicidal or are in crisis, please call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255. They are open 24/7.
If you are experiencing high anxiety or having an anxiety attack, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 1-800-950-6264. They are open M-F 10-6pm EST.
If you are a teenager with depression or anxiety and would like to talk with other teens, call the Teen Line at 1-800-852-8336.
- Legg, Timothy. “Depression: Facts, Statistics, and You.” Healthline. June 29, 2018. https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/facts-statistics-infographic#1
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Facts and Statistics. https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistic