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Scent has a profound effect on emotions.
Studies show essential oils can produce different patterns on the brain and aromas can have an unconscious effect on mental states. The alluring smell of fresh baked apple pie can bring a smile to someone’s face, just as the smell of rotten eggs can have the opposite effect.
Aromatherapy can be used to treat depression because the chemicals in essential oils trigger smell receptors in the nose that connect to the brain and work to elevate the mood.
Essential oils can be diluted or blended to create much more soothing aromas. Here are three ways you can use them to alleviate symptoms of depression.
This type of aromatherapy combines essential oils in order to apply them to the body. Oils can be applied to the hair, feet, face, skin and other parts of the body. This can help elevate a person’s mood and feel rejuvenated and energetic after.
A common depression symptom is a low energy level, which can lead a person to feeling slow, sluggish, tired and unmotivated. Massage aromatherapy combines relaxation of the muscles and body with the physiological rejuvenation and stimulation of the body and nervous system through essential oils.
This type of aromatherapy releases essential oils into the air for inhalation. Inhalation through the nose is an effective way to stimulate the brain and trigger the mood. Distilled water mixed with natural essential oils is sprayed into the air. Another way to do this is through diffusion, which uses aromatherapy equipment to disperse essential oils into the air. Common diffusers include aroma lamps and room sprays. An easy way to use the inhalation approach is by placing a couple of drops of oil in a tissue.
While aromas can help with depression symptoms and elevate the mood, it is important to find safe products. Beware of products that do not list their ingredients on their labels and do not purchase oils with the word “fragrance” or contain synthetic ingredients.
Source: Positive Health
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