Using Essential Oils For Assisting Depression Symptoms

There are basically two types of depression: feeling down and clinical depression. When you feel down, there is usually a way to “snap out of it.” It might take a little while, sometimes a few days, but it is possible to get yourself over it and move on. Clinical is caused by a real chemical imbalance in the brain. With clinical depression, you cannot just “snap out of it.” You must seek the help of a professional. Essential oils can help you in your treatment, but you also may need to take a medication to balance the natural chemicals in your brain.


Deciding on treatment

“The term depression covers a wide range of emotions with differing psychological states, feelings and physical behavior traits. One depressed person may be lethargic and apathetic, feel numb and fatigued all the time, and do very little, maybe sleeping a lot. Another may have a lot of nervous tension, have difficulty sleeping, feel anxious a lot of the time and have bursts of feverish activity. Obviously the two cases require different techniques and remedies with different essential oils.” (8)

As it is completely beyond my province, I will not presume to tell you what medications you should or should not take. That is between you and your doctor. What I will do, is tell you what oils you can use to help you in your treatment ~ Oils that could complement your treatment. And it is best to talk to your doctor about the essential oils you want to use and how you want to use them. You can also consult with a licensed Naturopath.

Oils to Use to Assist With Symptoms

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Rose, Vetiver, Red Mandarin, Lemon, Geranium, Jasmine, Melissa, Neroli, Cassia, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Sandalwood, Helichrysum Italicum, Orange, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Coriander, Frankincense, Pine, Rosemary, Juniper Berry, Hyssop, Cinnamon Bark, Tea Tree, Lime, Balsam Copaiba, Basil.


Oils To Assist for More Specific Types of Symptoms

For apathy and lethargy:

  • Singles: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Orange, Lime, Lemon, Geranium, Rosemary, Juniper Berry, Peppermint, Tangerine. Rose, Jasmine

For nervous tension and anxious feelings:

  • Singles: Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Lavender, Rose, Neroli

Oils for post-natal sadness

  • Singles: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Red Mandarin, Geranium, Angelica Root, Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Tangerine, Rose, Neroli,

Things to do for sadness and anxious feelings with oils

  • For post-natal sadness, diffuse oils, take a bath, massage them into your belly, or put on a 100% cotton cloth to take with you during the day to help you feel better. Use as soon as you start feeling the slightest bit down. Begin using the oils right after the baby is born.
  • Flower oils like Rose, Melissa, Lavender and Neroli are great for lifting your mood.
  • Depression symptoms can mess up your immune system so using oils can help boost your immune system as well as your depression.
  • When you  feel apathy and lethargy, then enlivening, uplifting essential oils can help.
  • Take a bath with oils, “…not least because it makes you do something positive for yourself, rather than relying on someone giving you a massage, which might increase your passivity. Self-massage, however, can be helpful — again because it makes you do something actively to help yourself.” (8)
  • Bergamot is a very sunny and elevating essential oil.
  • Peppermint can clear the head and blow away emotional and mental cobwebs.
  • Melissa can help you find a renewed interest in life.
  • For anxiety and nervous tension, calming and soporific oils like Lavender, Patchouli, and Sandalwood can help.
  • Post-natal sadness buster oils: Fennel, Clary Sage, and Geranium. Use on own or together in any combination. Use 30 drops in a carrier oil for a massage, 2-3 drops in a room diffuser, or 4-6 drops in a bath. (12)

Here’s an example of a daily routine using essential oils to help

Essential Oil Recipes

Here are a few ideas I’ve found in several of my books. Some things for you to try and see if they work and if they give you other ideas. Look through them, try a formula out and see what works for you.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it. 

Feelings of guilt, relaxant

  • 15 drops Geranium
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Bergamot

Can diffuse or add to 3 tablespoons of F.C.O. for a massage. (7)


  • 15 drops Geranium
  • 8 drops Neroli
  • 12 drops Nutmeg

Can diffuse or add to 3 tablespoons of F.C.O. for a massage. (7)

For Guilt

  • 20 drops Sandalwood
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 5 drops Clary Sage

Can diffuse or add to 3 tablespoons of F.C.O. for a massage. (7)

To Assist with Mild Symptoms

  • 4 drops Lemon
  • 8 drops Coriander
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 3 tablespoons F.C.O.

To diffuse, add only essential oils and not the carrier oil. For massage, mix all oils and carrier oil. (6)


Mood Uplifting Massage

  • 5 drops Lemongrass
  • 5 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops Basil
  • 2 drops Lime
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage formula into the upper chest, back of the neck, and the shoulders (9)

Mood Elevation Mist Spray

  • 50 drops Rosewood
  • 35 drops Lemon
  • 35 drops Melissa
  • 30 drops Geranium
  • 4 fluid ounces pure water

Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Spritz room liberally and inhale the aroma as deep as you can. (9)









Balance Emotions Massage Blend

  • 3 drops Blend of Jasmine
  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • 3 tablespoons F.C.O.

Use as a full body massage. Can also sprinkle a few drops onto a 100% cotton handkerchief to help you get through your day. Can also mix just the essential oils without the carrier oil and diffuse it. (1)

Banish Baby Blues #1

  • 5 drops Geranium
  • 10 drops Neroli
  • 15 drops Grapefruit

Can diffuse, or sprinkle a few drops onto a 100% cotton handkerchief to help you get through your day. Also can add to 3 tablespoons of F.C.O. and use as a massage oil. (7)

Banish Baby Blues #2

  • 10 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Rose
  • 5 drops Clary Sage

Can diffuse, or sprinkle a few drops onto a 100% cotton handkerchief to help you get through your day. Also can add to 3 tablespoons of F.C.O. and use as a massage oil. (7)


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