Sadness, in some degree, affects just about everyone at one time or another. For most, the feelings soon subside. Unfortunately, 350 million people worldwide live with thes feelings daily. When one has feelings of sadness, they may describe the feeling as being sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps.
Research shows aromatherapy and essential oils can be an effective option for promoting feelings of optimism and happiness. The study also found aromatherapy massage for feelings of sadness has even more beneficial effects than using a diffuser. Traditional treatment using antidepressants can have serious side effects. In this post, we have some vital information on using essential oils as a safer way to improve your mood.
Aromatherapy Massage for Sadness
In an aromatherapy massage, a synergistic blend of essential oils is added to a carrier oil. A combination of oils enhances each other’s properties and make a pleasing scent. The massage can be full body – including the back, chest, arms, legs, head, and stomach. Or it can be a simple back massage, a facial beauty massage, or even just a hand massage. The aromatherapy massage is a gentle, but firm massage. An aromatherapy massage can also be effective to help maintain an already healthy blood pressure.
In a 2014 study, 58 hospice patients were given a hand massage once a day for one week with an essential oil blend in 1.5% dilution with sweet almond oil. The essential oil blend consisted of three essential oils in equal ratios:
All patients receiving the aromatherapy hand massage reported less discomfort and feelings of sadness. The study shows that aromatherapy massage with this specific essential oil blend is more effective for soreness and management of sadness than massage alone.
Essential Oil Blends for Sadness
To help counteract feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and irritability here are some DIY diffuser blends you can make along with a proprietary blend from doTERRA to help counter negative emotions.
doTERRA Cheer is a proprietary blend of essential oils to help promote feelings of optimism and happiness. The blend incorporates Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Star Anise, Lemon Myrtle, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Ginger, and Cinnamon Bark.
The Cheer Uplifting Blend of citrus and spice essential oils provides a cheerful boost of happiness and positivity when one is feeling down. It has a sunshiny, fresh, aroma can help brighten any day.
In addition to the blend used in the hospice study noted above, here are some DIY blends you can make include:
Evening Tranquility Blend
Lift Your Blues Blend
Essential oils can help by uplifting your mood and relaxing your mind. The oils can also help aid your physiological symptoms by helping you sleep better, boosting energy, and even assisting in proper digestion. All these symptoms play a part in helping work through a bout of feelings of sadness.
Sadness and Emotions
Emotions are the way we currently feel at any given time. The feelings are in response to what we see, smell, hear, touch, taste, think, or have experienced. Emotions can affect one’s future thoughts and behavior. While much is still being discovered about the complex psychological and physiological processes involved in emotions, researchers have found that emotions involve many different systems in the body.
The brain, the sensory system, the endocrine/hormonal system, the autonomic nervous system, and the immune system are all involved in the body’s emotions. Researchers are finding compelling evidence that essential oils and their components have the ability to affect each one of the body’s systems, making the use of essential oils an interesting tool for helping to balance emotions in the human body.
Here are two DIY blends you can make to help balance your emotions:
Calming Strong Emotions Blend
Increased Motivation Blend
doTERRA’s Motivate is a proprietary blend of essential oils explicitly designed to help promote feelings of confidence and counteract negative emotions of doubt and pessimism. The oils in this unique blend include: Peppermint, Clementine, Coriander, Basil, Yuzu, Melissa, Rosemary, and Vanilla.
To make any of these DIY blends, place the specified number of drops of each oil from one of the blends into a diffuser of your choice. Then sit back and relax. The same aromatherapy benefits are available by adding the oils to your bath water.
You can also rub one of these blends directly onto your skin or take it internally.
- Topically: Besides massage, you can rub the oils in one of the blends listed above on the bottoms of both feet. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
- Internal: Add the oils listed in one of the blends above in a glass of water or to your favorite beverage. Add the oils to a teaspoon of honey. Another way is to add the oils to a capsule and swallow with a sip of water.
Everyone has the right to feel mentally healthy. With these special blends, you can more confidently step onto the road to feeling more like yourself again.