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How Aromatherapy Relieves Anxiety, Depression and Stress

Aug 21, 2010

Kate Le Page

Aromatherapy Massage Helps Relieve Stress – eggybird1

Aromatherapy Massage Helps Relieve Stress – eggybird1

Aromatherapy essential oils help relieve anxiety, depression and stress through helping the mind and body to relax and calm down.

Aromatherapy has been used to treat symptoms associated with both mental and physical illness for thousands of years. While moderate to severe depression and anxiety will likely require traditional medical treatment, mild depression, anxiety and stress-related symptoms may be relieved through the use of essential oils.

Aromatherapy Treatment for Anxiety

Anxiety is a very common symptom which may often accompany depression or other mental health conditions, as well as being a condition in its own right. While anti-anxiety medications may help relieve symptoms, aromatherapy uses essential oils to soothe, calm and relax. In The Aromatherapy Bible, Farrer-Halls (2005) recommends key aromatherapy treatments which may be beneficial in helping those suffering from anxiety, may include the following:

full body massage from aromatherapist

calming, soporific oils

Roman/German chamomile



ylang ylang


clary sage

Relieve Depression with Aromatherapy Oils

Depression is an extremely common health problem, which may affect as many as one in five of us at some point in life. Mainstream therapies used to treat depression include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive analytical therapy (CAT) and family therapy, while antidepressants are also helpful in many cases. Aromatherapy has long since been used to treat symptoms which typically accompany depression, such as lethargy and apathy.

As identified by Farrer-Halls (2005), key ways in which aromatherapy may help those suffering from depression include as follows:

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uplifting, enlivening essential oils such as geranium, juniper, jasmine, rosemary

soothing hot bath with calming oils


bergamot, a sunny, uplifting essential oil

peppermint, which clears head

melissa, which helps renew interest in life

Stress-Busting Aromatherapy Oils

Stress is a significant health issue, particularly in today’s difficult economic climate, with high levels of unemployment and less job security. Severe stress can result in serious mental and physical health problems, making it important to tackle causes of stress sooner rather than later, and learn new coping skills to help reduce stress levels.

Key aromatherapy approaches used to help those suffering with stress, as recognised by Farrer-Halls (2005), include the following:

massage from qualified aromatherapist, which releases physical tension

self-massage neck/shoulders/scalp, which eases a tense body

oils for tense muscles (such as lavender, rosemary, marjoram and Roman chamomile)

calming oils such as bergamot, neroli, rose otto, jasmine, sandalwood, clary sage, melissa, and benzoin

bathing oils to revive/strengthen body /mind (such as thyme)

bathing oils to reduce stress such as geranium, frankincense

In addition to mainstream approaches to relieving depression, anxiety and stress, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, cognitive analytical therapy and certain medications, such as antidepressants, aromatherapy oils are recognised to help alleviate such conditions. Bergamot is best for depression, thyme revives a tired body and mind, while chamomile helps to reduce anxiety.


Farrer-Halls, G. (2005) The Aromatherapy Bible London: Godsfield

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