Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Oils for sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder

I have been away in Sunny New York so I have a) neglected this blog and b) was able to hold off the demon of SAD for a minute...... so I decided to repost this from an old blog, but i am not entirely cheating as I have added a few more bits.

I have been treating clients regularly with citrus oils for Season Affective Disorder for four years and I have found that the following oils very effective with dealing with this condition. Listed below are the oils and applications and cautions of using essential oils for health.

Grapefruit Oil

This is not photosensitiser like the other citrus oils.

It is excellent and is an antidepressant, and uplifts the spirits instantly.

Melissa oi

I have found that benefits of this oil for SAD or low spirits and shock are profound.

True Melissa is very expensive and can cause severe irritation to the skin, therefore it is recommended that a very low dosage is applied such as 1% and this must be diluted in oil before being

applied to a bath. There are much more affordable Melissa blends which are more commonly found than the true Melissa oil.

Lime oil

Uplifting and refreshing this oil instantly lift the spirits, a favourite with my clients who have a history of depression.


The oils are best used in a bath if you cannot get to a massage therapist, if you prefer to self massage then a blend of 8-10 drops to a 60ml blend or up to 7 drops in a bath.

You can mix lime, and grapefruit together as a blend of 4:3 drops in a bath or 5:5 drops to 60mls in a massage blend. As stated before blend Melissa with a carrior oil such as almond or grapeseed oil before applying to a bath.


*Never use essential oils undiluted on the skin.

*Some oils should be avoided during pregnancy, or if your have a medical condition such as asthma, epilepsy, or high/blood pressure.

*Do not overuse essential oils less is more.

*Not all essential oils are suitable for use in aromatherapy

*Never let children use essential oils -unless supervised.

* Essential oils should not be taken internally, (although this is practised with therapeutic-grade oils by some aromatherapists).

*Essential oils are flammable

* True essential oils should have latin names stated, otherwise you are using a cosmetic grade oil with no properties.

All citrus oils are *Photosensiters so exposure to sunlight should be limited for 24 hours where it has been applied to the skin.

If your condition is severe consult an aromatherapist for a details consultation and treatment.

Marilyn in my holistic practitioner role.

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