Alternative help for depression
Good quality essential oils can make a natural contribution to managing the symptoms, but not the cause, of depression.
- Lavender oil is known for a sedating effect. Add 5 drops to bath water. Burn in a diffuser to help you sleep, or sprinkle a couple of drops on your pillow.
- Clary Sage a calming oil that can be added to the bath or burnt in a diffuser before bed
- Ylang Ylang has mild sedative qualities which may lower stress responses. Rub 3 drops on your palms, inhale for a positive effect on your mood.
- Bergamot a citrus oil may boost your mood by improving blood circulation.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
In September 2015 Psychology Today said that whilst acupuncture is not a stand-alone treatment for depression, there's evidence that used alongside medication, it has a place in treating depression. Find a practitioner through The British Acupuncture Council website.
According to the British Homeopathic association, homeopathy ‘may have a part to play as an additional or complementary treatment but NOT as a stand alone therapy’ in more serious cases of depression. NHS Choices caution ‘some homeopathic remedies may contain substances that are not safe, or that interfere with the action of other medicines’. Women taking medication for depression should speak to their doctor about whether homeopathy is appropriate for them.
And why not treat yourself occasionally?
We like Aveda’s Stress Fix Body Lotion*. Good for a gentle pick you up. This is what Aveda say: ‘Hydrating body lotion with aroma proven to relieve feelings of stress. Aroma includes essences of lavender, lavandin and clary sage from organic farms and is formulated using the science of aromaology and the power of pure essential oils.’ A little goes a long way so you could indulge and give yourself a treat.
Massage carried out by a skilled practitioner can boost your mood in the short term whether it is Swedish, acupressure, Ayurveda or aromatherapy,
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CBT to help you frame your thoughts
Talking therapy may be helpful for tackling depression in menopause, encouraging you to reframe negative thoughts and change behaviours. CBT is not an instant fix but you could see results in a short period. The National Centre for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend a course of between 16-24 hours.