The dead of winter has arrived, Ohio’s unemployment rate is the highest it has been in 15 years, and the hormones are raging. Never fear—essential oils have been proven to ease the severity of mild depression, stress, and a variety of symptoms brought on by female health issues such as menopause and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Several essential oils are credited for lessening the effects of mild depression. Pamela Allardice’s The Art of Aromatherapy: A guide to using essential oils for health and relaxation cites ylang ylang essential oil as an “antidepressant” that can also balance blood pressure and distressed breathing patterns. Maggie Tisserand, who authored the book Aromatherapy for Women: A practical guide to essential oils for health and beauty, suggests clary sage essential oil for battling mild depression.
Aromatherapists also promote the use of essential oils to minimize stress. Suite101.com’s online aromatherapy lesson 3 entitled “Aromatherapy for “women only” states “therapeutic oils can be utilized to provide relief of many women’s health problems” as well as mood swings and anxiety. Allardice notes the “balancing properties” of lavender essential oil are useful in easing stress and inducing a “calming effect.”
James Geiger, M.D., author of The Sweet Smell of Success: Health and Wealth Secrets is a medical doctor, board-certified anesthesiologist, and clinically-certified aromatherapist. Geiger promotes the use of essential oils to enhance women’s “whole body wellness,” and touts the effectiveness of essential oils in minimizing the discomforts of many hormonal symptoms including peri-menopause, post-menopause and PMS. Theresa Halvorsen, author of the article “How Essential Oils Can Improve Your Health” recommends the use of geranium essential oil as an effective combatant against women’s hormone-based discomforts.
Since essential oils are highly concentrated, precautions must be taken when using them. For those who are pregnant or dealing with chronic health issues, a physician should first be consulted prior to beginning aromatherapy. Healthy.net provides online guidance for using essential oils in the bath and diffusers. These tips are important to follow before engaging in aromatherapy.
In Northwest Ohio, Calico, Sage and Thyme offers a nice selection of essential oils that are reasonably priced. The store is located at 115 Clay Street in Bowling Green.
Tonight, place a few drops of essential oil into the bath water, and breathe in deep. Then, enjoy the blissful effects of calm, revitalization and healing.