Essential Oils May Be Able to Soothe Some Mental Health Complaints

Posted by Rick Bailly Friday, October 12, 2018 11:22:00 AM

It is believed that essential oils were used as far back as ancient Egypt, and they are still being used today. Many people think that they can feel a difference when using essential oils regularly. While some use them to treat physical ailments, they can also be very useful in the treatment of mental health troubles. Here are some tips you may want to look into.

Anxiety

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 18 percent of adults in the United States suffer from anxiety. It is felt that number severely underrepresents the actual number of people who have an anxiety disorder. Essential oils can soothe anxiety. You may want to try petitgrain, neroli, bergamot, cypress, lavender, lime, marjoram, rose and violet leaf, as they have been known to help.

Depression

One of the most studied areas of using essential oils is their effect on people who are depressed. Studies indicate that lavender, wild ginger, bergamot, and ylang-ylang may be particularly useful in beating signs of depression such as feeling sad and stressed. Most studies involve using essential oils in aromatherapy, but they can also be inhaled or rubbed on the skin when combined with a carrier oil.

Insomnia

People who find it difficult to sleep or stay asleep often report that essential oils help them get a good night's sleep that can keep them more emotionally stable. Several essential oils may be useful including neroli, petitgrain, cedarwood, chamomile, melissa, valerian. As with other mental health conditions, one can try essential oils in a variety of ways, but a relaxing bath filled with essential oils often helps. To use it in this way, you may want to try putting ten drops lavender, ten drops basil, and three drops neroli in a tub full of water.

Attention Deficit

Many people suffer from some form of attention deficiency their entire lives. People often find that using essential oils helps them focus better. Vetiver, sandalwood, lavender, and peppermint have all shown to be useful in helping people to focus better. There are many different ways that essential oils can be used if you have an attention deficit disorder but an essential oil massage often feels great while helping one focus better.

Use these ideas and your own ingenuity to decide which essential oils to try. You can use them in a variety of ways, so go ahead and experiment with them today. If essential oils aren’t really something you’re interested, sometimes an adjustment in diet can go a long way with feeling just a bit better.

 

Resources:

Healthline | Can Essential Oils Treat My Symptoms of Depression?

doTERRA | How Essential Oils Became the Cure for Our Age of Anxiety

Huffington Post | 6 Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Stress Relief and Sleep​

Safe Harbor | Using Natural Remedies in the Treatment of Emotional and Mental States

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