Fight Depression with Essential Oils

Depression can hit you at any point of your life.  For some people, depression develops later on in life.  For other people, they are chronically incapacitated from depression since they were children.  Regardless of when depression began in your life, it is important to do something to help boost your self esteem and rid your life from depression.  Depression can cause anxiety and it can ultimately cause you to become unhealthy and physically harm your body.

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Depression comes in all different types, forms, and it can be rare outbreaks or it can be a looming cloud over a severely depressed person.  Essential oils can help you overcome depression in your life, and it can give you a boost in attitude and a complete overhaul in how you view your life.  The aromatherapy is a natural way to help you balance mood swings and deal with debilitating depression.  Some people use drugs and other chemicals to deal with depression.  These drugs have unknown side effects, and they can occasionally become a negative impact on the mind.  Aromatherapy is completely natural and it is a safe way to battle depression which has been used for thousands of years.

Not only is depression bad for your mental health, but it can eventually affect your physical health as well.  Depression is also cause stress and stress is a well known killer for people who keep emotions inside.  Depression can cause social anxiety and health issues.  It can be the cause of a loss of appetite, mood swings, and you can lose your job over severe depression.  These are reasons why depression should be contained and dealt with quickly before it becomes out of hand.

Other natural ways to assist essential oils in eliminating depression is daily exercise, efficient nightly stress, and a boost in self confidence.  Essential oils in aromatherapy can help, but coupled with the above activities you can find your depression slowly fading.  Essential oils can help you fight off depression effectively without all the drugs and chemicals.   Aromatherapy penetrates the senses and helps you fight off the negative effects of depression with stimulating fragrances and scents.

The following essential oils in aromatherapy are powerful solutions to help fight off depression.  Jasmine, Lavender, and Neroli are three essential oils that will successfully boost your mood and help you balance your emotions.  The essential oils can be used separately for their individual benefits to help you fight depression.  Use them together as a potent solutions to help rid yourself from depression quickly and efficiently.

Jasmine

Jasmine is a sensual essential oil that helps you assert yourself.  It can relax you beyond the stressful day and it can lift your emotions.  It can also boost your confidence and your self esteem to help overcome the controversy from the day.

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Lavender French is a soothing essential oil that can help you mentally relax.  It is an herb from France that has become popular for its therapeutic uses.  It can help balance your mood and release the tension from your mind and your muscles.

Neroli

Neroli is a popular relaxing and rejuvenating essential oil.  Its fragrance is incredibly relaxing and it can help you dispel anger and irritability.  Use this essential oil to help you have a good night’s sleep and help you feel refreshed.

Proper Ways to Apply Essential Oils

Just some tips to keep in mind when using your oils!

Although essential oils are a mild, natural way to help fight off mental fatigue, stress, sore muscles, and other physical conditions, they are also very potent and need to be applied properly.  After you have purchased the perfect essential oils for your condition, it is important to know how to apply them.  If used without proper direction, they can have a negative effect which can frustrate you.  They may even cause harm if not applied properly._DSC6422

First, using undiluted essential oils directly on your skin can harm rather than help your condition.  Used directly on the skin, essential oils can sometimes leave a rash or a burn.  The essential oils are powerful solutions to many issues, but used improperly they can cause painful sores when directly applied to the skin.  Diluting the essential oils in cream, or non-greasy oil will keep it from strongly affecting your skin.

Like many creams or lotions, spreading essential oils directly on the skin can cause an overdose.  Essential oils are absorbed by your skin quickly.  If the oil that you are applying isn’t diluted, it can lead to an overdose that will cause a rash, irritation, or skin breakout.  It is also important not to have overexposure to sun especially if you’ve accidentally applied too much.  Essential oils and sun exposure can lead to adverse effects.

Even though essential oils are naturally occurring extracts from plants and trees, they are also powerful therapeutic agents.  It is important to keep them out of the reach of children.  Spreading essential oils undiluted onto a child’s skin can be dangerous and leave a very painful breakout rash.  If ingested, it can be lethal to a child and the caretaker should contact emergency medical personnel immediately.

When applying essential oils be sure to keep it away from your eyes, nose, or ears.  The oils should never be ingested or allowed to enter the internal body.  Keeping the essential oils away from openings on your body can ensure your overall health and remove the possibility of an overdose.  You may even want to use latex gloves so that they are not improperly absorbed on your fingers.

Some folks will tell you to never ingest essential oils.  They can be harmful or even lethal if swallowed. IN THE WRONG AMOUNTS!  If you’re going to ingest, please do your due diligence and use therapeutic grade and research the correct amounts for you.

8728cb32d88223db0963ff37bcb8b3c7Never go into a tanning booth or tan in the sun after using essential oils.  Some oils are incredibly sensitive to sun exposure.  Citrus oils especially fall into this category.  Popular citrus oils to avoid the sun after using are bergamot oil and grapefruit oil.

Before fully using essential oils, make sure to test them on a very small part of your skin.  This includes essential oils that you may use in aromatherapy.  Apply a small dab to your arm and observe any reaction for twenty four hours.  For essential oils that you will apply as a cream, dilute the oil into vegetable oil and apply to the skin.  Observe for any reaction for twenty four hours to make sure they are safe for topical use.

Finally, overuse of essential oils can cause dizziness, headaches, or other side effects.  If you believe you have accidentally overdosed on any essential oil, make sure to contact emergency response personnel immediately.  Although essential oils are mostly therapeutic, using essential oils safely is important for your safety and good health.

How to Choose Essential Oils

When you decide to use essential oils to help your mood, stress, or physical illness it is hard to decide from the many available products which one is right for you.  Essential oils come in a variety of scents and fragrances and the different extracts act on different components.  Some help your mental fatigue, others relieve stress, and others can be used as topical creams that help you alleviate scars or acne.

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The first thing to consider when choosing an essential oil is to inhale the fragrance.  Some scents are very pungent, others are citrus, and others have a flowery smell.  If any of these scents bother you, then the essential oil will not help with the relaxing effects.  Make sure to be familiar with the fragrance before you make your purchase.  When testing the scent, make sure to keep it a few inches away if it is not diluted.  Undiluted essential oils can give you a headache.

When testing scents, make sure to take a break from the testing.  Do not continually inhale too many fragrances or they will ultimately cause you to get dizzy or give you a headache.   You also may not be able to distinguish between the scents after saturating your senses.

Avoid buying essential oils that do not have a variety of prices.  You may ask why that is important.  Some essential oils are rare and expensive.  If a company is selling essential oils at a consistent price, the chances are that the more expensive oils are not authentic.  They may also have been distilled with cheaper methods that leave some of the by-products in the packaging.

If you are sensitive to oily solvents, then avoid using essential oils that are diluted with vegetable oil.  Although this is a recommended way to dilute the extracts, it leaves an oily residue behind.  To test if an essential oil has been diluted this way, place a tiny drop on a piece of paper.  If it leaves behind a residue as the drop slides off the paper then it has likely been diluted with vegetable oil.

When shopping for bottles, use manufacturers that list the Latin name on the bottle. This leaves no confusion on the actual extract that is contained in the bottle.  Some extracts are closely related to the common names that we know, so they are falsely advertised as the real thing.  Also take note of the country. Some essential oils come from exotic places such as Africa while others are native to France.  This will give you an idea if it is authentic as well.

The best essential oils are pure.  Some companies sell synthetic essential oils which can be dangerous.  The synthetic oils do not contain the therapeutic effects that pure essential oils contain.  Adiffuserlso, the synthetic oils can cause allergies or painful headaches.

If you love your wax melt warmer….. well, that may not be a great thing, scent wise, as the scents are not natural. Make it easy, use food grade wax flakes and a few drops your your favorite essential oils.  (Better yet, get a diffuser!) They even sell them for cars now. 

Choose pure essential oils over synthetic essential oils. Aromatherapists prefer pure oils, saying that synthetic oils do not have the same therapeutic properties as pure essential oils. Also, synthetic oils are thought to cause more headaches and allergic reactions.

Containers used to keep essential oils should be dark or navy blue.  Clear bottles allow sunlight to enter the oils and they can spoil the extracts more quickly.  Make sure to keep extracts out of sunlight and in a dry, cool place.

Making your own Perfume, its not just for fancy French folks!

I like perfume.  I like the expensive stuff, the type that uses real plant essences. The stuff in the pretty, expensive bottles.  Guess what?  Those come with some pretty yucky stuff in them too, most perfume co’s don’t have to tell you all ingredients because its a trade secret.

I didn’t make this stuff up, read it for yourself:  http://www.ewg.org/research/not-so-sexy  “The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.”

What I did ‘make up’ are several tried and true blends using only essential oils and vodka.

Here are the ones I made!  So far, my fave is the Pure.

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Ingredients:  Essential Oils & Vodka.  (Or you can use 70% Alcohol or a Carrier Oil)

Lets get technical for one moment, then I’ll give you the recipes, below.  (The technical stuff is so that you can make any type of scent that YOU like.)  The scents of a perfume can be classified into what’s called notes. There are three types of notes:

1. Top Note The first impression of the perfume, light and evaporates quickly.

Examples include: lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, tangerine, citronella, bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, spearmint.

2. Middle Note The main scent of the perfume, but also mellow and comes out a couple of minutes after the top note.

Examples include: chamomile, cinnamon, clove, cypress, fennel, geranium, jasmine, juniper, marjoram, neroli, nutmeg, pine, fir, rose, rosemary, spruce, tea tree, thyme, ylang ylang.

3. Base Note  The rich and deep scent of the perfume and often a musk scent.

Examples include: cedarwood, frankincense, ginger, helichrysum, myrrh, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver.

These recipes came from www.eo.tools  Get your bottles on Amazon, here.

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No more chemicals to wash your dishes

Home made Liquid dish soap:chore2

1 gallon of warm water
2 cups shredded bar soap (I use a home made soap, you can use any you’d like)
Large pot
2 Tbl. liquid glycerin
½ cup lemon juice
2-5 drops essential oil (anything you like the scent of )
5 drops tea tree oil (Antibacterial)

Mix warm water and soap flakes in a large pot.
Dissolve the soap flakes in the water on the stove over low heat. Continually stir the mix while it is heating.

Stir in the glycerin and remove from heat.

Let cool until almost room temperature.
then add lemon juice (or white vinegar).
Mix in your favorite essential oil and tea tree oil.
Pour the mixture into bottles and shake well.

You’ll use 1/2 cup ish. It is not as thick as the commercial brands you’re using, but you know exactly what went into it:)