Essential Oils for Depression & Anxiety
The increase use of essential oils promotes greater research into their effectiveness. While not conclusive, recent studies have demonstrated benefits.
One such study was recently conducted to test using a blended essential oil that “consisted of lavender and bergamot oils.” Volunteers were treated with a placebo (control group) or the blended essential oil which “was applied topically to the skin of the abdomen of each subject.”
Results showed that “compared with placebo, blended essential oil caused significant decreases of pulse rate, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure, which indicated a decrease of autonomic arousal. At the emotional level, subjects in the blended essential oil group rated themselves as ‘more calm’ and ‘more relaxed’ than subjects in the control group.”