Monday, July 9, 2007

Aromatherapy Treatments for Depression

Aromatherapy essential oils have a direct influence on the limbic portion of the brain, which is the center of the brain responsible for emotions and memory. That's why smells evoke such immediate and powerful memories and feelings. Essential oils have a subtle and profound effect on the psyche and can be incorporated into your daily life in many ways to uplift your spirits and balance your emotions. Just the act of using essential oils is healing, because the more things you you do to nurture yourself, the better you will feel.

The following essential oils are especially helpful for relieving depression and can be used daily in baths and massage oils.

Bergamot has a fresh, spicy, citrusy fragrance and has an uplift­ing effect on the psyche. Bergamot contains bergapten, which cancause skin photosensitivity. Buy bergapten-free essential oil.

Lavender has a sweet, herbaceous, floral fragrance and is bal­ancing for the nervous system. It acts as a restorative tonic and has antidepressant properties.

Rose has a sweet, floral, intensely rose fragrance. It promotes a feeling of well-being, eases sorrow and psychological pain, and opens the heart to feelings of love.

Sandalwood has a rich, woody, sweet fragrance. It has anti­ depressant effects and is also calming and harmonizing.
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