Many people that suffer from depression and anxiety aren’t keen on taking medication and prefer using natural remedies, if possible. This is understandable – taking chemicals to change the levels of neurotransmitters in your brain is quite terrifying, therefore we want to find a less invasive method that works. Furthermore, sometimes pills don’t provide full relief, so extra help is desired. Essential oils are natural and some people swear by using them. Since I struggle with depression and anxiety, I was desperate to give them a try. The lovely @essentiallyaudreyaus sent me some to try out and provided a lot of information of how to use them.
Essential oils are not a new trend, in fact, they have been predicted to have been used around 4500 BC. They were also mentioned regularly in the bible which reinforces how long these oils have stood the test of time! This doesn’t surprise me as there is something therapeutic, even about the application of essential oils – no wonder it has such positive effects. Mixing them together and massaging them into your skin is a mindful practice. The beautiful aromatic smells are a luxurious addition to your day which promotes the self-care experience.
Although I have always been interested in essential oils, I have never tried them out before, simply because I am unsure as to where to purchase them and how to use them properly. Recently, I was sent some essential oils by @essentiallyaudreyaus (instagram handle) and they are amazing. The oils are from a company called doTERRA which specialise in creating wonderful essential oils. In addition, the essential oils are all created with a specific purpose in mind – citrus bliss to promote positivity and peace to reduce anxiety – which is very beneficial for those suffering from specific symptoms from mental illness.
How to Use
To diffuse an essential oil you can add one or two drops to a diffuser and breathe in the beautiful scent.
To apply the essential oil to your skin, you should mix one or two drops into coconut oil and massage it into your skin. The coconut oil acts as a career and allows the scent of the oil to linger for longer and it also reduces the chance of any skin irritation.
You can use more than one essential oil at once, and mixing them is a great way to combine the different therapeutic effects.
Examples of Some Essential Oils
- Is made with ingredients including; lavender flower; ylang ylang flower and vetiver root.
- It is said to have a positive effect that soothes anxious feelings
- Is made with ingredients such as Cedarwood, Vanilla bean, Lavender and chamomile flower.
- Use before bed is said to encourage a relaxing sleep
- Is made with peppermint, eucalyptus and lemon peel.
- Helps to open up the airways which is especially helpful in the Winter if suffering from a cold.
To conclude, I have loved this week of using essential oils. Choosing which oil to select everyday is something that I really look forward to and for anxiety sufferers, this can be another tool in the coping mechanism tool box for when times get tough. Suffering from anxiety and depression can be excruitatingly hard to deal with, and in my opinion, it’s a great thing to try. Essential oils aren’t invasive and don’t come with an A4 sheet of side effects, so there is no harm in trying. With more research into the therapeutic uses of essential oils, maybe when anxiety flares up we will reach for oils and not the addictive Valium we are prescribed.