What can I do about depression?
Ok guys, the cat’s out of the bag. My big secret is out. I have depression. Dun dun dun. Just kidding. It’s not really a secret. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about it a few times on this blog. And honestly, it’s not that big of a deal to me. It’s just something I have to deal with in life. Luckily, I have found a pretty good solution that I want to share with you today.
I feel like a hippie for saying this, but I use essential oils. Yes, I am THAT person. Ha! I never thought I would be, but they work for me and I don’t argue with results. :)
Let me start by saying that I do not sell essential oils. At the end of the post I’ll give you a link to buy essential oils. I do not benefit in any way if you buy oils from there. I am only sharing this post because essential oils have helped me tremendously with my depression. If there is even one person whose depression gets better or more manageable because of what I share then I will be happy. This is something I am very passionate about and honestly, I just want to help others who may be going through what I have gone through.
Last October I had a really, really crummy week. I felt really bad and my motivation was extremely low. I took the opportunity to find a better solution for my depression (at that time I was eating really healthy, drinking tons of water, and getting lots of sleep, but I wasn’t on any medication).
I was worried about getting bad post-partem depression after Sport was born (he was born early December) since I got it so bad after Smiley Man was born. I knew I wanted to use essential oils because I was using them for lots of other things from warts and bee stings to headaches and sickness. I did lots of research about daily routines for essential oils and here’s what I came up with.
My Daily Essential Oil Routine
- 1 drop Balance on my wrists, rub together and smell it
- 1 drop Frankincense on my thumb, then hold it against the roof of my mouth for about 10 seconds
- 1-3 drops Lemon in a cup of water every day. You could also use Grapefruit, Wild Orange, or Lime
- I also frequently put a mixture of OnGuard, Melaleuca, Oregano, and fractionated coconut oil (stored in a roller bottle) on the bottoms of my feet. I don’t use this for depression, but I do use it frequently so I figured I might as well mention it.
How Did it Work?
When I very first started this routine I did feel better emotionally, but I also got really bad headaches. This didn’t really bother me because I figured I was doing something new to my body, so it made sense that my body would react. The headaches hurt and were annoying, but fortunately, I pushed through. After exactly one week, the headaches were completely gone and I wasn’t just feeling okay, I was feeling great. Each week that went by I felt better.
When baby Sport was born, I was a roller coaster of emotions. But the great thing was that I understood my emotions. I felt really sad over stupid T.V. shows and I cried when I didn’t have the energy to make dinner. BUT, I knew I was only feeling like that because I had just had a baby. I felt sad, but in my head I knew I wasn’t really sad. In fact, I was kind of amused by how much I was crying because I knew it wasn’t real. That only lasted about 2 weeks and then I started feeling great again.
How I Know Essential Oils Work for Me
Then, it happened. Sport was about a month and a half old and I got out of the habit of taking my oils daily. I still felt pretty good so I thought, “Maybe I don’t need to take these oils anymore. Maybe I’m cured!” Well, I was wrong. After a week or two I started feeling really bad. Finally, I started taking the oils daily again and within 2 or 3 days I felt SO much better.
Since then I have stopped taking the oils a few other times just because I got out of the habit. Each time I thought I was doing okay and figured I didn’t really need the oils. Then I would have a really bad day and decide to get back into my daily oil routine. Every single time I would start to feel WAY better within 1-2 days. I don’t know why I keep getting out of the habit using essential oils daily is obviously helping me.
It is interesting to me though, because when I stop taking the oils daily, the decline is really gradual. I hardly notice that I’m getting worse because it’s just a little at a time. However, when I start taking the oils daily again, I feel better really fast. It only takes a day or two before I feel great again and wonder why on earth I thought I was feeling okay when I stopped taking the oils daily.
Essential oils have helped me so much. I can’t fully explain how grateful I am to have them. I feel more like myself than I have in years. If you have depression then you know what I mean when I say I feel like me again.
If you are interested in buying essential oils, here is a website where you can buy them. I personally use doTERRA essential oils and I love them. If you do want to use essential oils for depression, then I would definitely go with super high quality oils. There isn’t a lot of regulation when it comes to making essential oils so I would recommend going with a reputable company. I obviously recommend doTERRA, but I have also heard great things about Young Living. I don’t know much else about other companies.
I don’t want an essential oils brand war in the comments so please don’t comment why Young Living is evil and doTERRA is the best or vice versa. I wrote this post to let people know that there are natural depression solutions out there. Let’s please keep the comments positive and let’s uplift each other.
**Disclosure: I’m not a doctor or an essential oils expert and can’t be held responsible for anything that you do related to essential oils. I wrote this based solely on my personal experience.