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Aromatherapy And Depression


Aromatherapy can be a very soothing treatment for depression.  It is relaxing and has many benefits.  This article will discuss several types of aromatherapy oils that are used to treat depressive symptoms.


The first type of oil that is beneficial for the treatment of depression is Bergamot.  According to, “Bergamot oil is a great antidepressant because it’s very stimulating. Bergamot can create a feeling of joy, freshness and energy by improving the circulation of your blood.  You can use bergamot oil by rubbing two to three drops into your hands and cupping your mouth and nose. Breathe in the oil slowly. Try rubbing the oil on your feet and stomach, too.”


In addition to Bergamot oil, another type of oil that is used to treat depression is Lavender oil.  According to, the following information can be noted about Lavender oil in relation to depression:

Lavender oil benefits mood and has long been used to help battle depression. A study published by the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice reported that 80-milligram capsules of lavender essential oil can help alleviate anxiety and depression. The study also showed that there were no adverse side effects from using lavender oil to treat anxiety and depression. This is great news since we know that synthetic medications and psychotropic drugs often have many negative side effects.

Roman Chamomile

In addition to Bergamot and Lavender oils, another type of oil used to treat depression is called Roman Chamomile oil.  According to, “Chamomile is one the best medicinal herbs for fighting stress and promoting relaxation. This is why you see chamomile as a popular ingredient in candles and other aromatherapy products, whether in tea, tincture or essential oil form.”


According to, “Our basic emotions and hormonal balance are in response to the most basic smells. This makes scents very powerful in our day-to-day lives because they’re a direct pathway to memory and emotion — which is why they can fight depression and anxiety.” This article has provided readers will three different types of aromatherapy oils used to treat depression in individuals.  They include Bergamot Oil, Lavender Oil, and Roman Chamomile Oil. According to, “Depression is incredibly common. In fact, you may be near someone every day and not even know that he or she is suffering from depression.”  Aromatherapy treatments can be very soothing.  Consider trying them as a treatment for depression.


Aromatherapy And Depression

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). Aromatherapy And Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2020, from


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