Our moods are just like the season. Autumn and winter comes with lethargy, anxiety, and mood swings. Essential oils are great to help and lift people from this transitional period. Indulge in essential oils like grapefruit, eucalyptus, mandarin, lavender, or ylang ylang.
S.A.D/Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder that occurs in autumn/winter in which people experience depressive symptoms. There are also people who suffer from a milder form of SAD, the winter moods.
The symptoms are insomnia or lethargy, carbohydrate cravings, anxiety, loss of libido, mood swings and irritability. The problems are due to lack of sunlight and at the organic level that would result in an abnormal production of serotonin, a brain chemical messenger that serves to control the mood.
While other authors argue that it is due to increased levels of melatonin, a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland, which increases when it’s dark and responsible for the induction of sleep; in fact, it was found that some people who suffer from SAD have higher melatonin levels in winter.
The best therapy to combat this type of depression is to expose as much as possible to day light or, in the absence of light, in front of specific lamps that emit the same light radiation of a clear spring morning.
Essential Oil And It’s Influence
It has been widely demonstrated that in any essential oil relaxing and stimulating properties are present. Aromatherapy defines these “adaptogenic” substances as they intervene on the organism carrying the most appropriate action to recover the balance of the individual.
The stimulating action takes place, then, the predominant effect of a subject from the depressed tone and, conversely, the relaxing effect of the same essence will have beneficial effects on the states of excitement of another person.
However, the same discipline of aromatherapy strongly recommends to find the essence, or essences, that suit our body and our state of mind. Only through this correlation, essential oils can produce their beneficial effects on our body.
Essential oils are valid helpers to some collateral effects of autumn, like: apathy, restlessness, tiredness and concentration/focusing difficulties. Emotions that give life to seasonal depression, links also to the reason that the days are shorter and maybe there are even issues with insomnia (related to the change of time).
To fight this transitional period, essential oils have substances that are active in the organism. They are the aromatic and volatile part of plants and they contain the life force.
Before using essential oils, read carefully the precautions and use only 100% pure essential oils.
5 Essential Oils To Beat Depression In Autumn
Can’t wakeup in the morning? Do you feel like crying when you hear the alarm clock? Diffuse the oil in the room to feel more energy and to face the day.
To help you shoo away the bad thoughts, prepare a mixture of bath salts with 10 drops of eucalyptus oil; pour the blend in the bathtub and immerse yourself to relax. You will re-discover your optimism.
If your mood is low, diffuse the oil of mandarin in your room: apart from its wonderful aroma, you will re-find enthusiasm and inspiration.
The most versatile essential oil, it helps to establish balance/equilibrium, it promotes calmness and clarity. Use it as diffusor; it is useful against insomnia, spreading its essence in the rooms; do breathing exercises by inhaling its perfume to fight stress.
An effective oil that relaxes your nervous system. Use it topically, with applications on neck, wrists and feet, diluting it in lotions and body creams or through room diffuser.