Using Essential Oils and Aromatherapy to Treat Postnatal Depression

Having a baby is a pride and joy for every mother, but there are some instances that the mother undergoes changes in the body and schedule following the birth of a baby.

Postnatal depression is a type of clinical depression that can affect women, and less frequently men, after childbirth. It is characterized by a mild and transitory form of moodiness including tearfulness, irritability, hypochondriasis, sleeplessness, impairment of concentration, isolation and headache.

Here are the recommended aromatherapy procedures to treat anxiety. Add 10 drops of any or all of the essential oils to th bath and soak for fifteen minutes, or add a few drops to a carrier oil and use in full body massage. Remember that postnatal depression usually resolves once hormones in the body return to normal. However, it can be a serious problem and should be consulted by a physician if you have any concerns.

Bergamot

This is a small and roughly pear-shaped citrus fruit indigenous to and grown mainly in Calabria, Italy. It grows on small evergreen trees known as bergamots, which are produced from a cross of the pear lemon and the Seville orange or grapefruit. The bergamot peel is used to create its essential oil. It has a top note aroma (meaning this is strongly scented but could only last for 3 to 24 hours) with sweet and spicy scents.

Its effects are refreshing and uplifting, and combines well with Chamomile, Geranium, and Lavender. However, bergamot is a photosensitizer, increasing your skin’s reaction to sunlight making it more likely to burn. It also has antispasmodic properties and therefore should be avoided during pregnancy.

Chamomile

Also known as German Chamomile, it is an annual plant closely related to the sunflower. It usually grows near populated areas all over Europe and temperate Asia. It is widely introduced in temperate North America and Australia. It has a middle note aroma, lasting between 2 to 3 days, with sweet, herbal and fruity scents.

Its effects are soothing and relaxing, and combines well with bergamot, geranium, and lavender. However, chamomile may cause skin irritation, and should not be used in early pregnancy.

Neroli

It is a plant oil similar in scent to bergamot produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. The blossoms are gathered, usually by hand, in late April to early May. The essential oil is produced by water distillation, as the blossom is too fragile to endure steam distillation. It has a top note aroma, very potent yet lasting only within a day, with floral and refreshing scents.

Its effect is relaxing, and combines well with chamomile, lavender, and sandalwood. However, neroli oil has antispasmodic properties and should not be used during pregnancy.