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Home Remedies For Depression



Using essential oils for home remedies for depression is rapidly becoming the alternative treatment of choice.

It's a sad day when most of our society is dependent upon anti-depressants.  Doctors seem to be rather fond of writing  prescriptions for these drugs with devastating side effects.

Unfortunately, we have a world where stress is at it's highest.  Divorce, war, bullying, terrorist attacks, etc...

Not only are people seeking natural depression treatments, they're also seeking ways to prevent depression.


The dangerous side effects of anti depressants:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Digestive Problems
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Low sex drive
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Weight gain

If those side effects weren't enough to make someone have second thoughts about these drugs, take a look at these.

These are side effects that the FDA added, after further investigation:

  • Panic attacks
  • Severe restlessness
  • Hostility
  • Impulsivity
  • Hypomania
  • Mania
  • Suicidality (the likelihood of someone completing suicide!)
  • Violence

Dr. Peter Breggin is a medical expert in criminal, malpractice and product liability suits, and has testified in approximately 100 trials.  There are several cases of violent murders that are linked to anti depressants like Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, Luvox and Zoloft that he's investigated.


Treating depression naturally in children

Children suffering from depression most definitely need to use natural depression treatments.  Mind altering drugs can have life altering side effects, plus it can affect a child later in life.  The military will not accept anyone who has EVER been on a mind altering drug.

Years ago, I worked in the school system.  I saw active, playful boys put on Ritalin, so that they would behave in the classroom.  There was nothing wrong with most of these kids that a little physical exercise and discipline couldn't have helped.

Instead, they went from being what I considered "normal" boys to being zombies in the classroom. 

The side effects of Ritalin are scary.  From headaches and nausea to cocaine craving and depression.  These are children!

Home remedies for depression can be safely used with children.

Using a natural depression treatment is safe and healthy for children.  Essential oils are 50 percent stronger than herbs, so they have a solid, quick effect.

Essential oils are derivatives of plants.  They come from bark, roots, stems, leaves, petals, etc...  The oils are extracted through a distilling process.  If distilled properly, you end up with a pure, highly effective grade of oil.

For children, these oils work wonderfully when applied to the bottom of the feet.  I know that sounds odd, but the feet are very porous, so the oils get into the system quickly.

When you apply oils to the feet, every cell in the body is effected within 20 minutes.  That's amazing!  Just think how your child could benefit from a natural depression treatment like this.

Plus, kids love to have their feet rubbed a lot more than they like taking medicine!  My four year old loves his foot rub before bed at night.  For him, I use oils that help with his allergies and sleep.

Using oils is nothing short of a delightful experience with your kids!


Home remedies for depression with DoTerra

There are several home remedies for depression with essential oils.  I would only consider using Doterra oils, because of their purity.  They are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which means they're 100% pure oils without any harmful chemicals or additives.

This is unlike the process used by most companies that involves harmful chemicals and additives.  When these chemicals are used, the oils aren't very effective, plus there's a chance of having a reaction.

Doterra oils are safe to use topically, aromatically and internally.  You can't find a better line of oils for health concerns.


My depression

I suffer from bouts of depression when the barometric pressure changes.   I think it must be a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Even though my depression doesn't last for a season, it's not constant and totally depends on the weather.

For years, I've made myself, and the people around me, miserable when a weather front would come through.  I get moody, anxious and irritable.  Less than pleasant to be around. 

For me, this is a time when I have a hard time making myself smile for any reason.  It's truly just like having a black cloud over me.  I hated myself.

DoTerra's Balance is one of the more popular essential oils that are used for home remedies for depression. 

doTERRA Balance 15 ml

I didn't want to take any form of medication for this, so I sought out  home remedies for depression.  That's when Balance entered my life and that's when my life got better.

I have to be careful and make sure I remember to put it on as soon as I feel the effects of the weather change.  I put 2 drops in my hand and rub on the opposite foot.  Right hand to left foot and visa versa.

Then I rub a few drops on the back of my neck, at the base of my skull.

Finally, I cup my hands over my face and inhale deeply for a minute or so.  This has helped my seasonal depression tremendously.

Balance is a unique blend of:

  • Blue Tansy
  • Fankincense
  • Rosewood
  • Spruce

It's helpful for:

  • Anxiety
  • ADD
  • Depression
  • Hyperactivity
  • Nervousness

"Serenity" is another blend used as a home remedy for depression.  The aroma simply reeks of calmness. 

When stressed, put a few drops on your wrists and back of neck, then feel your stress melt away...

doTERRA Serenity 15 ml

Serenity: a soothing blend of

  • Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Sweet Marjoram
  • Vanilla
  • Ylang Ylang

Serenity's many uses

  • Anxiety
  • Calming
  • Depression
  • Induces restfulness
  • Soothing
  • Stress
  • Tension headaches

Elevation. One of my favorites!  I use it along with my Balance during a weather front. 

I put a few drops on my wrists and back of neck.  Then, I cup my hands over my face and inhale what's left.  Mmmm....

The scent is delightful.

doTERRA Elevation 15 ml

Elevation is a decadent blend of:

  • Elemi
  • Lavandin
  • Lemon myrtle
  • Melissa
  • Osmanthus
  • Sandalwood
  • Tangerine
  • Ylang Ylang

Elevation is used for:

  • ADD
  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Lack of energy
  • Stress

These 3 oil blends are the perfect home remedies for depression.  They can be used together or rotated.

Sometimes, the body will stop responding as well to an oil after it's been used for a few weeks.  This is normal with any treatments.

One oil can be used for a few weeks, then swap it out with another for a week or two.  This is just a suggestion for if the problem arises. 

I don't have a problem with Balance working for me.  It seems to be one of my stronger oils that I rely on for my home remedies for depression.



Putting your essential oils in a diffuser is a great way to use them constantly and to save money.

Simply add a few drops and turn it on.  This particular diffuser can run up to 9 hours.  That's a lot of bang for your buck!




CAUTION:  Never try to wean yourself from your medications without your doctor's supervision. 

Anti depressants alter the chemicals in your brain, so you must follow clinical protocol in weaning.


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