A Blog Post by Judy Thompson, Director Mind-Body Services (reprinted from our email newsletter):
Aromatherapy is the utilization of essential oils, which are highly concentrated distillations of all the components and properties present in the plant (carbon, hydrogen, amino acids) and the application of these as therapy for conditions, ailments and healing.
Using essential oils for depression is a way to incorporate an integrated alternative modality into your treatment plan.
Why do you want to? There have been several studies on the use of aromatherapy with the brain functions and neurotransmitters in relation to emotions and mood. A study in 1995 found that a slow diffusion of three essential oils over a period of two weeks allowed patients to reduce their dose of antidepressants.
This recipe incorporates bergamot, roman chamomile and lemon essential oils in an easy to use, safe application.
Further studies on Lemon Essential Oil and Bergamot Essential Oil:
A study in 2013 with rodents found that taking lemon essential oil internally had an anti-depressant like effect, which had a significant increase on the levels of seratonin (an imbalance which contributes to depression), dopamine (modulates mood), and norepinephrine (contributes to mood disorders).
Another study in 2007 found that inhalation of lemon oil induced a more positive outlook on patients and their mood (attributed to neurotransmitter releases in the brain).
And one more s tudy in 2015 looked at how bergamot oil impacted and reduced the level of cortisol (stress hormone), fatigue, and anxiety within 15 minutes of use.