Depression is hard. It’s heavy and lonely. It affects your quality of life.
You may wonder why you are struggling so much. You might not know what to do about it. When you are feeling depressed, you probably won’t even feel very motivated to change anything for the better.
Everything feels hopeless.
But, everything is NOT hopeless! I can help you find true wellness.
Keep reading and I’m going to help you get to the root of your depression and learn this ONE simple technique that will help when you are feeling down.
My Story of Depression
I know what you are experiencing when it comes to depression. My own past is riddled with depression and struggling to feel worthy. I was angry with myself for sliding back into that pit over and over again. I could see it coming from a mile away, but it didn’t seem like I could do anything to stop it.
Depression runs deep in my family. I’ve gone back a few generations and it’s on both my mother’s and father’s sides.
My father struggled big-time with depression all through my childhood. For my mother, it came and went more.
Digging into the past, I found out my mother’s mother (my maternal grandmother) had tried to commit suicide when she was 47. She was dealing with some very severe depression right around the time of pre-menopause or menopause. It was so glossed over during that time, that I don’t think my uncle (her older son) even knew.
Suicide was something hidden during that time. People saw it as shameful and something deeply wrong on a moral level. As I was asking, my mother still felt very uncomfortable talking about that time in my grandmother’s life.
Depressive disorders weren’t talked about either. There were a lot of stigmas surrounding mental health. No one was looking for signs or symptoms of depression because no one wanted to find depression was there! But, it won’t get better when you ignore something like this.
A huge positive here is: the atmosphere is changing around psychiatry and understanding the human mind.
Today, mental health is talked about much more frequently and openly. When someone is struggling or tries to hurt themselves, we don’t just cover it up. We try to treat it.
The struggle is hardest when you aren’t exactly sure what it going on with you. Often, that time leading up to the point where you are seeking out depression treatment is the hardest time—the time where you are still struggling to pinpoint what is dragging you down.
When you realize it’s not your fault—that your brain is just wired wrong—then you can stop despising yourself for how you feel. You can focus on treating your depression, starting with your limbic system. And, you can work your way out of this mire!
Understanding the Cause of Your Depression
What Does Depression Feel Like? I’ve already written a blog that covers the signs of depression. In that blog, you will also find a list of the most common causes of depression.
The methods I outline below will help no matter what your depression stems from.
But, I want you to really dig deep and find out if there are any genetic influences or ancestral energy affecting your health. Those old patterns are often a common culprit for deep depression.
To better understand your depression, it’s a good idea to look at your family history. It might be very difficult to find out information about mental health issues the further back you dig. You might hear terms like “sad,” “eccentric,” “off,” “unhinged,” etc. When details about family members seem odd or hushed up, it’s often a sign that something has been left unsaid.
Ultimately, understanding the root of your depression will help you realize that the depression is not your fault. You will be able to better accept yourself when you acknowledge what is impacting your thought patterns.
And, once you understand what is influencing your mental health, you will be in a better position to change those negative thought patterns.
If you are struggling to understand what is affecting you, I can help. I work with thousands of people just like you—people trying to understand what is blocking their energy flow.
My powerful Healing Center will help you dig down deep so you can make a lasting change in your life. Try your free trial at the Carol Tuttle Healing Center today!
You can also change your mood and feelings through changes in diet, prayer, meditation, sound healing, exercise, antidepressants, therapy, and essential oils. This blog is going to look at how essential oils can provide FAST relief to help you bounce back out of those dark places.
Using Essential Oils for Depression
For centuries, we’ve used nature to help us heal as complementary and alternative medicine. God has put amazing things in the things around us that can be used to affect our energy level, mood, and health.
Ancient Egyptians were some of the first people we know of to use oils, adding them to their ointments for healing balms. Oils were once pressed from the plants, but now they are distilled in many cases.
Essential oils can be used as a massage oil or for aromatherapy. You need to have a solid understanding of what oils you are using since some can cause skin irritation, lung irritation, and other side effects without a carrier oil. Don’t experiment with your oils unless you have a solid understanding of how they work and what they can be used for.
Some oils are rubbed onto the skin, while others are steamed into the air with a diffuser. You can even buy cuffs and necklace pendants made with porous materials for the purpose of holding the scent of the oil you choose.
As you inhale the scent, your brain is able to send stimulations to your nervous system. Different smells are going to evoke different responses. Aromatherapy can be a natural way to alleviate stress, depression or anxiety disorders.
The Effectiveness of Essential Oils
There are a lot of people out there who don’t believe in the power of oils at all. They may look at you like you are crazy if you pull out a small vial of essential oil to dab on your wrists or neck. Yet, science has shown with recent clinical trials and animal studies that the oils make an impact.
One published systematic review looked at 12 studies on aromatherapy (inhaled) and massage aromatherapy (applied), noting, “Aromatherapy showed potential to be used as an effective therapeutic option for the relief of depressive symptoms in a wide variety of subjects. Particularly, aromatherapy massage showed to have more beneficial effects than inhalation aromatherapy.”
Some of the specific ingredients that can help depression include:
Lavender: Well known as a soothing sleep aid and often used in baby products because of its calming properties, lavender (lavandula angustifolia) shouldn’t be a surprise here. A study from 2016 found that lavender essential oil reduced anxiety and depression-like behaviors, including insomnia.
Bergamot: An uplifting and calming oil that helps alleviate feelings of apprehension. One 2013 study found it was helpful in reducing the anxiety of patients before surgery.
Ylang Ylang: A 2006 study reported Ylang Ylang oil reduced blood pressure and improve feelings of relaxation.
Other common ingredients that have been used to help with depression include: bergamot, sage, jasmine, rosemary, patchouli, Roman chamomile, sweet orange, geranium, basil, sweet almond oil, neroli, vetiver and so many more. To be honest, science is just starting to really look into oils. Many of us are seeing them finally create studies for outcomes we already know to be true.
Choosing the Best Essential Oils to Treat Depression
It is so important to choose the right blend and quality of oil. I worked with a master aromatherapist to create these one-of-a-kind blends. They are premium oils and carefully tailored toward healing. You can use the one that you feel fits best or you can use all four for a very powerful shift.
Emotional restoration. For the wounded inner child in you, supporting deep emotional healing and self-acceptance. Restores a sense of who you truly are and how you truly feel and think.
100% pure premium grade organic or wildcrafted essential oils of Cinnamon Bark, Balsam Fir, Lavender, Frankincense, Spearmint, Lime, Helichrysum, Thyme ct. Linalool and Patchouli.
Clearing blocks. Assists in activating, strengthening and balancing the entire chakra system with seven specific oils each supporting one of the seven chakras. With energy blocks cleared away, things in life just seem better.
100% pure premium grade organic or wildcrafted essential oils of Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Ginger, Rose, Petitgrain, Rosemary and Red Mandarin.
Mood lifter. Promotes the desire to be active, to get up and go. Supports positive feelings, with a nurturing and comforting effect on the mind and body.
100% pure premium grade organic or wildcrafted essential oils of Sweet Marjoram, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemon, Pinyon Pine, Spikenard, Nutmeg and Sandalwood.
Self-acceptance. Promoted deep emotional healing and alleviates triggers. Grounds you, especially when you are trapped in the cerebral chakras (in your head). Supports healing instead of choosing to escape yourself.
100% pure premium grade organic or wildcrafted essential oils of Pinyon Pine, Ho Wood, Osmanthus, Black Spruce, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Bergamot.
How to Use Essential Oils for Healing Depression
You can change your thoughts at any given moment—regardless of how you are feeling.
My technique is to use the aromatherapy of the oils to enhance other complementary therapies and aspects of your healing. Specifically, I encourage my students to use oils as they repeat positive affirmations. If you are using the above oils, you can use the affirmations that are right on the bottles!
Here are the specific steps to using your essential oils.
Technique to Help You When You’re Feeling Down Using Essential Oils
Start with 3 drops of one of the four essential oil blends I’ve listed above. Some people choose the temples, wrists, or a hand massage, but I recommend the feet.
The feet are the best place to use the oils because they have one of the highest absorption points for the oils to enter the bloodstream and impact your nerve endings.
The feet have larger pores than the rest of the body to essentially drink in the oil, and they aren’t sebaceous glands—meaning they don’t produce sebum which would act as a barrier to prevent oil absorption.
The skin here is also less sensitive and less likely to have a reaction. Some people may break out with irritation to certain oils in some areas (like the face or arms) and yet have no negative reaction to those same oils on the feet.
Repeat These Affirmations for Depression
To change the negative thought patterns, you will need to start replacing them with positive thoughts. Your feet will take the oils to your brain as you bring these positive affirmations to mind. Just rub in those three drops of oil and repeat these affirmations:
I am walking in joy.
I am walking in a balanced state.
I am present in my body.
I am nurtured.
I am whole and healed.
Your feelings will start to catch up with your words as you keep repeating them.
There is power in your thinking, your energy and the energy of the earth around you. You can break the cycle of depression in your family. You can heal yourself and move past this difficult time.
Often, the hardest thing to do is start down the path of healing. Depression often makes it difficult to want to do any kind of self-care. But, taking that first step can lead you down a road towards true joy and unblocked energy systems.
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