About a year ago, an acquaintance told me that essential oils, which I’ve heard a lot about because aromatherapy seems trendy, can help improve depression in a natural way. If there was an inkling that it would work, I was willing to try almost anything to lift my mood to baseline.
So in March 2017, I bought bottles of Bergamot and Lavender oils from an Aveda salon, because the former is supposed to help with depression. It has relaxing qualities that relieves tension, and therefore, reduces depression. The latter has calming effects that soothe anxiety. I have no idea how this works.
A few drops of oil are mixed with water in a diffuser (which is kind of like a humidifier) that disperses the scent throughout the room in which the diffuser is placed. Or you can place a drop or two in a diffuser necklace or bracelet to carry the scent with you wherever you go. However, Bergamot is toxic to cats (I can’t find a link, but it affects their liver somehow), of which we have 2, so I simply inhale the scent directly from the bottle, which you can do with some oils, in the morning.
Lavender, on the other hand, is safe for dogs and cats. In fact, some animal clinics use it in their waiting room to help calm their patients. So I used that in the diffuser. Rudy didn’t seem to like the scent because he’d leave the living room whenever the diffuser was running. The cats rarely leave the bedroom unless it’s mealtime, so I don’t know that it affected them. I’m not sure it calmed Rudy. It certainly had no effect on me, so that was a bust.
I’ve been inhaling Bergamot since last March. It has a nice, citrus scent that gives me a short energy boost despite it being touted as a relaxant. Has it improved my depression? No.
Some people swear by essential oils, and I’m not knocking them. But my own experience with aromatherapy was a big fail.
Do you use essential oils? Do they work for you?