We’ve all felt it at one time or another, that looming cloud of depression just like the one on the pharmaceutical commercial.
When the blues hit however, there is much you can do in the way of natural remedy. As an alternative practice, why not try a good dose of Lavender Essential Oil therapy ?
I am not here to promote plant over practitioner, mind you. Depression can be a serious and chronic condition and if you feel sullen it is always best to first make a visit to your physician. Yet if you are having a basic bout with the blues, lavender essential oil is efficient in stimulating mood and can often help to bring thoughts back into relationship with healthy emotions.
How does lavender essential oil work therapeutically? To begin this description involves basic chemistry. Lavender essential oil is a distillation from the lavender plant itself. The plant essence is distilled into liquid with a delicate chemical process. Its concentrate is saved and kept in a dark bottle free from sunlight.
In this form, (Ref. Essential Oil Desk Reference, Essential Science Publishing) its pure and floral scent is able to stimulate the emotive portion of the brain and can also help to purify the respiratory system, as well.
Basic rules: First, be sure to use only therapeutic grade essential oils, including Lavender Essential Oil . Therapeutic grade ensures the oil is free from fillers and additives and other impure chemicals that often find their way into grocery store brands.
To use: Take a couple drops of l avender essential oil into the palms of the hands along with a “carrier oil.” if you are new to essential oils this could be jojoba oil or another vegetable oil that you purchase or even one that you may have on hand. Next, I like to rub my palms together a few times then cup my hands around my nose and breathe deeply. This can instantaneously lift my spirits and move me out of a dark mental space.
A word of caution about l avender essential oil. This author has found personally that many people are sensitive to lavender as it can cause skin irritation or other skin reactions when used “neat” or straight from the bottle. For this reason I would always suggest using a carrier oil such as jojoba at least in the beginning. In my opinion, wait until you know how your body reacts to the lavender before you start experimenting.
Too, should you have the misfortune of getting any essential oil into the eye or mucous membranes, it is wise NOT to use water to wash it out. Yes, this does seem illogical at first, but in chemistry like attracts like. Therefore, a small amount of carrier oil on a cotton ball swabbed across the top of a closed eyelid will instantly remove any residue of offending essential oil.
Other ways to use lavender essential oil include :
> creating or purchasing aromatherapy incense or candles
> creating a massage oil by mixing with carrier oil like jojoba
> creating sachets from aromatherapy recipes that can freshen drawers and closets
> Essential oil diffusers are always a good option when looking to purify the air of pathogens and toxins, as well.
A few more intelligent ways to include l avender essential oil into your life include:
> create a positive effect by buying an aromatherapy necklace that will diffuse essential under you nose during the day
> mix lavender with baking soda, spread across the rug, wait for 20 minutes and then vacuum.
> simply i hale lavender during the day to lift to the psyche
Other ways to use lavender for relaxation include placing a few drops in the hands and rubbing them on the bottoms of the feet before bed. Next, sweep the hands over the pillow to create a floral, relaxed effect .
Coupled with a healthy diet, moderate exercise, ample water consumption and a stress-free lifestyle, l avender essential oil is a compliment to any relaxation therapy. It is also well worth mentioning when aiming to conquer depression.
Essential Science, Inc. (2006). Essential oils desk reference (3d ed.). Utah: Essential Science Publishing