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Top Essential Oils for Depression

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I want to do something SPECIAL in this video . . .

Because there are a lot of essential oils for depression that can offer support.

But not every essential oil is going to work for YOU.

So I am sharing:
– 6 of my top essential oils for depression
– 3 Aromatherapy methods of use (like diffusing the oils, etc)
– 3 WAYS that these essential oils can support you (like helping you feel uplifted, etc)

As an Aromatherapy teacher, I put a lot of value on science + research.

I also know that it doesn’t matter how much research we have about essential oils for depression, if you don’t like your blend’s aroma, or it is not convenient for you to use.

Please take care of yourself and create a blend that you LOVE (and it will LOVE you back!)

GET DETAILS ON USING ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DEPRESSION HERE:

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If you try any of these essential oils for depression, I would love to know your results!

Please leave me a comment and share your experience.

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments, too. I go out of my way to answer them! Your question is important, and can help others.

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As a teacher, I believe that your wellbeing is too important to base on guesswork.

Or on stories about the success others have had with essential oils.

That is why I am such a big advocate for reliable, research-based essential oil information.

Not sure you want to take a full Aromatherapy class? That’s OK! You can take a class that focuses on a single essential oil.

Check out my series of classes called ESSENTIAL OIL SPOTLIGHTS.

Each SPOTLIGHT class focuses on ONE essential oil. It includes scientific information about the oil, its therapeutic benefits, recipes, photos, other essential oils that it blends well with, and more. Each class is narrowly focused on ONE oil, but also gives you a rounded education so you know how to blend that oil with others.

You don’t have to know how to use a DOZEN essential oils to be successful with Aromatherapy. You can learn to use ONE oil in a DOZEN ways.

I have 4 SPOTLIGHTS for you. Learn about them here:

 

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63 thoughts on “Top Essential Oils for Depression

  1. Where can I find the permanent inhalers

    1. Hi Dottie! We love these inhalers:

  2. I would like to share a diffuser blend that is now my favorite it smells amazing, it’s funny because I was thinking that this may not be a great smelling blend, it was just an intention blend for depression, I was feeling really low that day and I wanted a concoction that would lift my mood, but it turned out to be effective and smell beautiful! It does have more drops than I would normally use- but I’m going to try to come up with a stock blend for it so I don’t have to use so many. So it is 2 drops Vetiver, 3 drops Patchouli, 3 drops Cedarwood (Himalayan), 3 drops Pink Grapefruit, 2 drops French Lavender, and 2 drops Petitgrain- the Petitgrain is what I was thinking would masked it not turn out good… but surprisingly that mixed with the others made it amazing!! It would not have been the same with out it. As a side note for the readers if you have smelled Vetiver or Patchouli and didn’t like the smell, blend it with other oils or just diluting it will change the smell and then you’ll probably really like it- I honestly still don’t care for the smell right out of the bottle, but ahh it is great diluted they sometimes smell like leather, very masculine. I’m a little scared to make a stock blend of it because I know the base notes could easily take over the blend and smell different as it ages then I may possiblynot like it and waist the oils. Would you by chance know how many drops of each I should use and it smell the same for a 10ml bottle? If so I would greatly appreciate it! 🥰😍

    1. @Aromahead Institute Oh OK, awesome thank you! So I wouldn’t need to lower the base notes? I was thinking that if I multiplied everything the way it is that when it is put in the stock blend bottle that when it synergies that it change the scent and base notes overpower the rest?

    2. Hi Eric! That sounds like a delightful blend, and we’re so glad that you found it enjoyable and effective too. There are approximately 200 drops in 10ml, so you would want to multiply your recipe by 13 to create a 10ml stock bottle. 😄

  3. Thank you so much for making it so easy to grasp the differences of these oils and their functions. I have been random in using oil essences, now I want to learn aromatherapy systematically to help myself and other people for well being. would appreciate if you can point me to the sources of best essential oil products.

    1. Welcome to our Aromahead community here on YouTube Lixin! We are so glad this video was helpful!

      There are many wonderful companies. We like to recommend buying from companies that import directly from the distillers, that test every batch of oil with GC/MS, and that share the batch specific GC/MS reports with their customers. This ensures quality and demonstrates accountability. Here are a few we can recommend:
      Aromatics International – http://www.aromatics.com
      Essential Elements – http://www.essentialelementsstore.com
      Florihana (Europe) – http://www.florihana.com/en
      Aliksir (Canada) – http://www.aliksir.com
      You can read about GC/MS testing here:

  4. I bought your book ! Love it 😍

    1. Yay! Thank you! So glad to hear you like it! 💜

  5. Hi Charles Cook, I have been a fan of your pioneering spirit. Recently I have been trying to contact you at the institute. Please respond back to me soon. Best regards 🌹

  6. That was a very insightful and nuanced overview of some of the ways that depression can show up! It’s so true that depression has many faces that each need and deserve to be cared for in different ways.

  7. What if you have no sense of smell? Will these methods help if you can’t swell them ?

    1. Great question Jeremy! Aromatherapy works even if you are not able to smell. There are many studies done that show people with anosmia are able to experience the reducing of pain and inflammation, and even emotional issues, like reducing stress and anxiety, and bringing on a sense of relaxation and calmness.

      Everyone has different reactions so I would encourage you to set aside some time and explore the oils as if you are meditating and keep notes of any changes in sensation or discoveries.

  8. Great blends💯

    1. 😁 Thank you!!

  9. I am a ACP student.
    Thank you so much, for taking the time to do these learning videos. I love them and learn so much from watching them.

    1. Sonia it’s so heartwarming to hear how helpful the videos are! Yay! They are an enjoyable way review and reinforce things you are learning in ACP!

  10. I adore this channel. I have watched many videos but everything inside me leaped as I started watching your channel. Keep up the good work and thank you!

    1. aww thank you for sharing that Brown Rose, that’s so heartwarming!

  11. Thank you for the interesting video. If I do not have patchouli and vetiver essential oils, what replacements can I use. I have a few oils in my basket, but not these 2.

    1. Hi Zerda! How about Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) and Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)? Essential oils distilled from resins can be wonderful for helping us feel grounded – Myrrh, Frankincense, Opopanax, Balsam Copaiba, Elemi

  12. andrea,your voice is so calming.would you make a guide meditation?
    sorry for my english,im a spanish speaker.greetings from chile.

    1. aww thanks Sue! We hope you find the video blends as calming!!

    2. Greetings No mas mentiras! We are delighted to have you join our Aromahead community here on YouTube! Thank you so much for your sweet words 😍

    3. I agree, Andrea’s voice is so soothing and calming that would be a great idea 😁

  13. Yeah I’ve been a bit down lately. I’m willing to give it ago. I am also having trouble meditating. Any blends out there for meditation. Thank you 🙏🏼

    1. Hi Tracy! Yes we do have blends for mediating – you can find several here on the Aromahead Blog. I’ve done a quick search for you:

      We would love to hear back – let us know how it goes!

  14. Omg, I love Vetiver and Patchouli. But I can’t seem to make a perfume of it with any staying power..

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. @Diane Stewart you are most welcome! Enjoy!

    2. @Aromahead Institute, I will sure try that. Thank you!!!

    3. Diane natural perfumes made with essential oils sometimes need to be applied a bit more often, since the aroma of the essential oils generally won’t linger as long on the skin as a commercial perfume. I love the pleasure of taking meditative moments throughout the day to re-apply the perfume!
      Here’s a roll on blend to try:
      .35 oz (10 ml) vanilla-infused jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
      3 drops Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
      7 drops Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)

  15. Tks for Sharing I like your videos..i have a diffuser where I light a diya inside the diffuser.how much of e oils should I put on top of water

    1. @Maria Pinto I think you will love some of the diffuser blends shared on the Aromahead Blog. I’ve done a quick search for you:

    2. @Aromahead Institute tks btw what blend of oils should I put on my diffuser I have citrus, floral, earthy n woody oils

    3. Hi Maria! Generally with tea light diffusers you can add 5-10 drops of essential oil to the water.

  16. Patchouli is my favourite. Mostly use on my cold process soap. It definitely a good choice during the shower for relaxing and grounding in warm bath.

    1. We love how Patchouli resonates with you!!

  17. Do essential oils help even if a person has no sense of smell? Thanks

    1. Great question Elise! Yes!!! Aromatherapy works even if you are not able to smell. There are many studies done that show people with anosmia are able to experience the reducing of pain and inflammation, and even emotional issues, like reducing stress and anxiety, and bringing on a sense of relaxation and calmness.

  18. Can I use all the six in one blend.
    I know someone who gets anxious very easily and I think there might be some depression involved. Please help

    1. I was wondering the same; about using all together

    2. @Suma Dattani yes you can! Often any fir or balsam or spruce you have in your collect can be used in place of pine.

    3. @Aromahead Institute thanks
      Can I try something else instead of pine essential oil

    4. Hi Suma! We would suggest using oils that resonate with the person – have the person smell each oil to see which ones help them feel grounded and calm.
      The more the aroma is enjoyed, the more supportive it would be.

  19. Hey Andrea – firstly, I’d like to send you a big hug and a thank you. I’m slightly obsessed with your YouTube videos. They are fantastic. I’m just getting into making candles and soaps, and the blend of oils I use is very important to me. I also use a diffuser.
    Scent wise, I love geranium, lavender and rosemary together. I find them very relaxing. For stress I often use neroli with geranium.
    Thanks for the link to your classes. I’ll definitely be signing up to at least one of them (I want to learn more about Frankincense and Myrrh, in particular).
    Again, thank you so much. You are fabulous – warm, kind, knowledgeable and keen to share. Who could ask for more? (I’m living in Oxfordshire, in the UK…..and love Neals Yard. Do you know them?)
    Xx

    1. Hi Linds! We are so grateful to have you join us here on YouTube – thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing about the essential oils that resonate with you for relaxation and stress!

      The Frankincense Spotlight class is a great way to delve in to learn more about Frankincense – you’re going to love that class!

      Although we have not used oils from Neals Yard, we think it’s great that you have found a brand of oils that you love!

  20. Thank you so much for covering depression, Andrea. It’s such an important subject to cover, given how harmful allopathic approaches tend to be.

    1. We love that essential oils can help!! Many natural essential oil components have even been researched for their ability to calm the nervous system, and inspire happier feelings.

  21. I tried applying one drop of tee tree oil on my pimple, and to my surprise it became bigger the next day. Why is that? Can I try other oils maybe?
    Thanks for your videos 🙂

    1. Hi Hassan, we find that experiences with oils can be very individual. We have had a lot of wonderful feedback about this acne spot treatment gel:

  22. Andrea, thanks for sharing, I diffuse lavender while I sleep , God bless !

    1. Lavender is so relaxing! Love it for sleep!

  23. Cedarwood is very grounding for me when I feel like I can’t settle especially at night. Love your YouTube videos

    1. We love that Cedarwood helps you settle at night!

  24. I want to love lavender but just don’t seem to like the fragrance and have tried a number of times 😉 any suggestions for a substitute?

    I love the bergamot and orange and vetiver and patchouli… great oils .. diffuse mostly ❤️

    Thanks bunches for all your help 😉

    1. @kath biddle-dutton you are most welcome! We would enjoy hearing back when you do – let us know how it goes.

    2. Aromahead Institute thank you soooo much I appreciate and do have this oil .. and will give it a go 😁

    3. Hi Kath! Aroma is a very personal experience, an aroma can be just right for some, and not so for others. In a situation like this we would suggest Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) – it is a good replacement for Lavender.

  25. I’m curious where you get your ideas cause everytime I watch your blends I ve seen them at festivals with different names. So are these original or ideas from other people that sell blends?

    1. @Aromahead Institute very gracious answer and very gracious policy. Thank you for being exemplary models of kindness in a field which is often filled with incivility.

    2. Hi Cherry! The recipes are all original – created by Andrea Butje the founder of Aromahead Institute. We welcome people to share the free recipes we share through Aromahead on our YouTube channel, on our Blog, and through our weekly email, and on social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram).

  26. Can I blend veviter and patchouli together? Or what do you recommend?

    1. Yes you can!! We love Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) and Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)!

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