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Written by Aroma Pacific


Posted on March 14 2018

WARNING : These properties, indications and methods of use are taken from reference books or websites in aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and phytotherapy. They are found regularly and for many confirmed by observations in a scientific environment. However, this information is given for information purposes, they can not in any way constitute medical information, nor engage our responsibility. For any use of essential oils, hydrosols and plants or plant powders for therapeutic purposes, consult a doctor.

EO = Essential Oil
VO = Vegetable oil or oily macerate


A depression is a natural manifestation of the psyche , which is characterized by a fluctuation of the passing mood . One feels sad , tired , without energy or angry , tense . Depression can be linked to specific events (loss of a loved one, disappointment in love, financial problems ...), the season of the year (end of autumn, end of winter) or without any particular reason .

The depression nervous in turn, is characterised by the persistence of some symptoms for more than two weeks in a row, felt for most of the day: intense sadness, loss of cravings, eating disorders (loss of appetite and weight or on the contrary bulimia), sleep disorders (insomnia or on the contrary, tendency to sleep too much), great fatigue, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, difficulty concentrating, black thoughts or thoughts of death ... 
Depression is a real pain morals disabling, which disrupts relationships with family, friends and professionals. It appears in the form of more or less long episodes. If it persists over time, we talk about chronic depression .



If having a passing "cockroach" is a normal manifestation, which even the most optimistic of us know, it is important to check whether the psychological state does not improve after about two weeks and / or that becomes incompatible with everyday life, as this may be a sign of a depression that sets in . Indeed , it is difficult to establish one's own diagnosis : in doubt, it is better to consult a doctor.

In case of depression, we will mostly use psychotherapy, with or without antidepressant drugs or even others as anxiolytics, depending on the intensity of depression. As Aude Maillard points out in  , " essential oils can not be a substitute for antidepressant drugs. These are very delicate to suppress and their pharmacological properties are very different from those offered by essential oils for antidepressant purposes. However, essential oils taken in combination with allopathy help with the withdrawal of antidepressant and / or anxiolytic drugs and can be part of everyday life during this period . They also help people with depression who do not want to take antidepressants . "


In case of "simple" depression, it is not necessary to take antidepressant drugs. For temporary mood cuts and tendencies to sadness or discouragement, essential oils provide great comfort . In particular will be called upon to essential oils with sedative, relaxing, balancing the nervous or antidepressant system , particularly the  Ylang Ylang , the Petitgrain, Orange , Neroli , Marjoram, the Roman Chamomile or the Lavender.




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