Aromatherapy for Sadness

Posted by Gravitate Master on 8/16/2012 to Aromatherapy

Sadness is a common plight of the human condition. When something goes wrong, it inevitably triggers emotion. The loss of a job, the death of a loved one, when a dream is lost, or a hope is crumbled, sadness is something we all have to go through.

 

Whether it is simple sadness over a smaller trouble, or the heart wrenching grief we experience with a death or divorce, sadness can be soothed to some degree with the use of aromatherapy. The brain has a direct link from the olfactory receptors in the nose to a center of the brain responsible for survival and strong emotions. Therefore, using scent for therapy is a highly effective means of turning negativity around. Consider using aromatherapy to help cope in hard times and the sadness may pass sooner and with fewer ill effects that suffering through it unaided.

 

It is obviously not a panacea and does not take our troubles away, but aromatherapy triggers responses in the brain that can dull the sharp edges of the emotional pain. Why is this important? Using aromatherapy in times of emotional pain is wise for several reasons. For one, it can ease the experience of the emotional pain, for another, it helps soften some of the physical effects the sadness can have on the persons health.

 

Sadness temporarily hampers the effectiveness of the immune system. And because of the way true sadness affects the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain (primarily serotonin), clinical depression can result. Clinical depression can make normal sadness and grief become a long, drawn-out struggle, potentially leading to further losses in life like a job and relationships.

 

Bergamot essential oil has been used by many people over the centuries to uplift the heavy heart and soothe the troubled mind. With a lovely and refreshing citrusy smell, bergamot is extracted from the peel of a fruit. It can help pull a person out of the negative-thought spiral and remind the person of better days and positive things yet to come in life.

 

Neroli essential oil is another relaxing essential oil that can be used either alone or in combination with bergamot. Derived from the flower of the bitter orange tree, neroli also has a pleasant sweet scent that carries one to a more positive frame of mind. It has soothing properties and can even help improve sleep when used at night. Anger, sadness, and other negative feelings associated with grief can be soothed with the calming scent of neroli.