Aromatherapy for Depression

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the natural use of compounds that can help improve your mood, mental state, or health. Through the use of their essential oils, they are made from various plant parts, such as roots, seeds, leaves, and blossoms.

The oils can be used alone or blended to create different combinations. They can be diffused into the air, dissolved in a bath, applied during a massage, and many other methods to spread their aroma.

While there are many benefits of aromatherapy, it cannot be the sole treatment. Instead, think about adding it to your larger treatment plan, including talk therapy (click here if you need a talk therapist).


The following essential oils can be helpful for depression:

  • Jasmine

  • Sandalwood

  • Ylang-ylang

  • Clary sage

  • Basil

  • Bergamot

  • Rose

  • Geranium

  • Neroli

  • Petitgrain

  • Lavender

  • Chamomile

You can try one of the different methods for incorporating the benefits of essential oils. When making your decision on which options to purchase, look for products made with pure essential oils. Avoid products made with artificial or synthetic fragrances, as they may not offer the same benefits as pure essential oils.

What are the risks of aromatherapy?

Although aromatherapy is generally considered safe, essential oils could potentially cause an allergic reaction when you inhale them. If you’re very sensitive to strong scents, talk to your doctor before trying aromatherapy.

Some essential oils can be toxic if you eat them. And some of them could irritate your skin, especially if you apply them to your skin directly without diluting them first. Always dilute them in a massage oil.

Like most alternative therapies, aromatherapy should not be used as a replacement for your treatment plan. Do not stop taking medications, attending counseling sessions, or using other prescribed therapies without talking to your doctor first.

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