Did you know that Essential oils can help with a multitude of issues. So many of my students who commenced and have completed the full IFPA course have been receiving remarkable results from their clients in the treatment of stress related issues, post natal depression, depression on its own and much more.  Since we are on the topic of ‘Depression’ which can be quite scary  but honestly it does exist and has been around for a very long time.

The main symptoms of depression are feelings of sadness, hopelessness, being pessimistic. We slow down our physical output and it effects our mental awareness. People suffering from depression basically are not interested in daily life pleasures, as it has no meaning for them any longer. Sometimes the person who is depressed will find themselves crying for no apparent reason, unable to pinpoint where this feeling came from. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, indecisions, suicidal thoughts are all common amongst sufferers. I think as people we all do have some form of depression, but we can get out of it fast by changing our thoughts, going for a short holiday or even a good night out with friends. However the depressive person will not be able to shift their emotion with these small changes, and that is when you know they need help.

Some depressive person will show signs by emotionally eating and gaining weight, have disturbed sleep patterns, others sleep too much and not eat. It varies with person to person and how they cope with their internal world. Theory says that depression can effect people who are too ambitious, who work very hard to climb that ladder and suddenly their world changes because they can’t sleep or eat and end up staring at the wall blankly, unaware as to what they are staring at or thinking, this is called exogenous depression. Basically depression can stem from anything, a death or a birth, a job change or country change, it ‘comes’ from the blue.

There are cases that depression can arise from some form of ill health, i.e. thyroid glands not secreting the right hormones, where a woman after delivering her baby gets the ‘post-natal blues’. A chemical imbalance in the body can also cause depression, there are many factors that can cause you to fall into that state. Today more and more people are put on anti-depressants like Prozac, Zoloft, Xanax to name a few, but these are all addictive, and the problem arises later when the patient needs to wean off the drugs. To our understanding, anti-depressants basically alter the uptake of a variety of brain chemicals, and if your doctor does not take care of the dosage and how long you should use it for, you will become dependent on them. It actually becomes a vicious cycle and one that I am quite familiar with, after weaning so many people off these drugs, using Aromatherapy.

Essential oils can help in a non-addictive way in helping a person overcome their depression. If you can visit a Clinical Aromatherapist who can offer you support with emphatic listening skills and encouragement to wean off, that can definitely help.  Also Touch Therapy is excellent, having someone who listens to you and uses the oils that can help you start coming back to your real internal world, is all that you need.  Some powerful oils like, Sandalwood, Ylang ylang, Rose otto, Neroli, Valerian help with the treatment of depression. Try these out before taking allopathic medications, it may just be what you are looking for.

Take care and happy March…

Sunita Teckchand
Integrated Holistic Therapist
Principal Tutor
External Examiner – IFPA 

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