How I Beat Anxiety and Depression

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 9, 2014

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Being a mom is no easy task and the stress that comes along with it can be overwhelming, even without a formal diagnosis of anything. Along with all of the stress of being a mom of seven, owning my own business, and our pending move halfway across the country, I knew I needed some help. And prescription medication just wasn’t cutting it.

I tried Apteka Naturel’s Tranquility Anti-Stress Support Supplement. It’s supposed to be ideal for helping to reduce stress and tension, promoting calmness, supporting a positive mood and a general sense of wellbeing. Well, it didn’t help much, so I tried nutritional supplements from Genesis Pure that my friend Lori introduced to me. I knew what I was putting into my body was good for me, but I didn’t see much change from any of these supplements either.

While I kept taking Genesis Pure’s Go-Yin, I was on the search for something more. Well, sort of. My friend Alyssa had tried to talk to me about essential oils many months before and, while the idea of them was appealing, I didn’t give them another thought. Looking back I’m not sure why, to be honest.

And then, just weeks after we moved, I saw a post on Facebook from another friend about how she was helping her kids relax and fall asleep by diffusing essential oils. Since we were dealing with a 2 hour time difference and school was starting soon, it sounded better than giving my kids melatonin every night. So, I ordered a few essential oils through Young Living and began diffusing Lavender and Peace & Calming, among others.

They worked! So, I began researching essential oils and Young Living further. What I found was mind blowing. I read many testimonies and decided to go all in… I purchased several bottles of Young Living essential oils (at wholesale prices!) to try to curb my anxiety, depression, and fibromyalgia symptoms.

Essential Oils for Anxiety and Depression

I now apply each of the following oils daily, without fail –

  • Progessence Plus on neck and forearms
  • Valor on spine
  • Joy over heart
  • Harmony on Solar Plexus
  • Stress Away on wrists

I also made myself a face cream using organic unrefined virgin coconut oil and Frankincense essential oil. Frankincense has been known to be mood-lifting, comforting and soothing, and great for battling depression, so I rub this cream on my face and neck every day.

In addition to my daily routine, I infuse my water with the Stress Away oil blend on particularly rough days, and use En-R-Gee and Clarity as needed. I also often diffuse any of the aforementioned oils, as well as Peace & Calming.

Diffusing Oils for Anxiety and Depression

I am a new person. I am the old me. New again.

For more information on Young Living Essential Oils, including where to find them and how to purchase them at wholesale, please take a look at my Young Living Page.

Disclaimer: Please remember I am not a doctor. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, but are simply suggestions for managing good health. The suggestions given apply only to the use of therapuetic-grade Young Living Essential Oils.

Images source: Young Living

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Kristin January 9, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I have two friends that have been raving about essential oils!


Anna Hettick January 10, 2014 at 11:25 am

I have seen so many posts and articles on essential oils. I am intrigued. Definitely going to be looking into this! :)
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Jessica @FoundtheMarbles January 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Love this. I’ve been doing some more experimenting with essential oils but have a bit more to learn. So glad they have helps you!
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beth January 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I should try these!


Katja of Skimbaco January 11, 2014 at 7:24 am

I’ve heard so much good about the oils, but never tried. I guess my question is how long it took you to see the results and test what works and what doesn’t? Asks Miss Impatience :)


Christine - From Dates to Diapers January 12, 2014 at 12:20 am

Katja, I added an oil at a time until I reached my desired goal. It took a couple of weeks using oils for the anxiety and depression before I quit my last prescription medication. For aiding the kids to relax and sleep, however? It worked the very first time I used it on them!


Dresden January 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm

SO GLAD you have found something that helps you!! I have thyroid disease and depression is a symptom that has to be treated with medication, but I’m glad you have such a tool that helps you.
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Rushfit January 12, 2014 at 12:08 am

While staying physically fit usually means exercise and diet, you brought up a good point that is so over looked. Alleviating stress and anxiety are just as essential. As you highlighted in your write-up, these diffusing essential oils seem to be a key to relieving not only pressure but other areas as well. After reading your post I am curious and will probably try these oils to see how they work for me. Thanks for the informative post!
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Sherry January 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I find this very interesting. I am going to have to try it. I find lately listening to music and doing something create is helping my stress. My i might need to add a little something more.
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Jessy M January 23, 2014 at 6:54 pm

What if I can’t stand the smell of essential oils? I use lavender for pimples (because it works so well) but I hate the strong smell.


Christine - From Dates to Diapers January 23, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Hi Jessy! Usually the oils that “smell bad” to you are the ones that your body most needs. Believe it or not, they end up becoming your favorites. :) Joy was like that for me and now I can’t wait to put it on every morning!!


Jessy M January 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm

That is so weird! I really like lemon eo. Should I stop using it? :)


Christine - From Dates to Diapers January 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Of course not! LOL


Elizabeth January 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I was looking for testimonials for EO and depression, anxiety and fibromyalgia. I saw yours and was like – whoa – there is a sign – she has seven kids. I too have seven children. My three year old climbing on me right now. I have depression pretty acutely now as my mother passed away in August. I have had postpartum depression after every baby. I have fibromyalgia from a bad car accident when I was 23. I am now 42. My anxiety comes from being to down and tired to even want to ge t out of bed. Since my mom died I have had severe insomnia which has made all symptoms worse. She was only 65. I was not ready to lose Grandma! I’m not sure where to start with the oils. I would have to buy one at a time due to being a stay at home mom and tight finances. I take Zoloft 50mg but its not really helping. I also have taken Ultram for years for the muscle pain. What would you suggest I start with? I know its alot to ask and you are not a doctor. But we have alot in common! Look forward to your reply and ideas!


Christine - From Dates to Diapers February 1, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Watch your inbox for an email from me, Elizabeth!


Kendra February 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Elizabeth, I too suffer from depression and i’m just starting with EO. I was on zoloft 50mg. It’s a small dose that may not be the right medication for you or the right dosage. Talk to your doctor about while adding the EO to your treatment. STOP eating refined sugars. Having sweets is like putting gasoline on a fire for depression. My doctor also experiences depression and has taught me a lot that nursing hasn’t taught me about depression. You also need to exercise every day. Yes every day to get serotonin levels elevated in your body. Depression doesn’t take a break so exercise can’t either. I find the sweets and exercising hard to stick to but it’s a critical aspect of getting better. For the insomnia, no tv in your room, no night light, melontin helps get you to sleep but you might need a medication to keep you from waking. I tried immovane but had a bad reaction to it and it leaves a nasty taste in your mouth that takes days to go away. My doctor stressed the importance of slerp to me because I was reluctant to take pills. You need sleep to repair your body and get rid of depression. Eo’s might be able to help us in this department. For now, I use temazepam. Good luck with it. I’m interested in finding out how EO’s will work for me.


Lindsey February 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

If i were to purchase these over time which order (most effect to least) would you recommend obtaining of your daily routine ones? Thanks so very much!


Christine - From Dates to Diapers February 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Hi Lindsey! To be honest, I wouldn’t want to be without my Everyday Oils Kit – Valor, Frankincense, and Peace & Calming are all in that kit, as well Lemon – which is a great mood-booster – and five other great oils you will find yourself using daily. If you go with the Premium Starter Kit, you’ll also get Stress Away, Joy, and the diffuser!


Jo February 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm

I can’t wait to try this! Do you use a carrier oil when applying them, or just straight to the skin? I use to work as an esthetician before becoming a SAHM and I remember them telling us that too many EO’s in the blood stream can make you really sick. Not sure if that’s entirely true, but I’ve always been skiddish of trying too many at once. Have you ever heard of this? thanks for your time and your post!


Dawn March 15, 2014 at 7:49 am

I’m new to YL essential oils for and found your blog through a Pinterest post. I loved to hear about what worked for you but I would also like to thank you for sharing your story! You have helped make it easier for others that suffer with these same things and other mental health problems. As a mom of a child with mental health issues, I thank you for bringing this out into the open, letting people know that so many people experience the same things and it’s not something to be hidden away or bad.


Michele March 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

I can’t find Progessence Plus on the young living order page.


Carrie March 27, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I’ve been battling depression for a while now. I have many good days, but the bad ones are indescribable. I’m not comfortable with the idea of medicating myself for it. I don’t have migraines, but I do suffer milder headaches when the depression hits. Can you send me some information to find a starting point for essential oils?


Elizabeth March 27, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Hi! I Also found this off of pinterest and have came back to your blog a few times. I also suffer from anxiety. I am on a high dose but still have it
(I am much better though) I just got into the oils and have been looking up and down for a cure for my anxiety. I have the starter kit and love it. Do you have any extra advice?


Robert April 6, 2014 at 11:31 pm

I have most of the oils listed above and would like to try this for my anxiety ( especially my agoraphobia ) ! I like the Clarity blend, but it doesn’t give me a lot of energy. Will the En-R-Gee blend be jittery or anxiety producing? I always thought that the Nutmeg in the blend is toxic and highly stimulating..Is this true?
I simply love the Stress Away blend and it really helps to calm and center me without making me too drowsy during the day…Plus it smells amazing ;)


Teri April 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

What ratio of coconut oil to Frankincense oil do you use to make the facial cream?


Beth May 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm

My husband suffers from depression and anxiety and sleeping problem. On meds don’t work that great for depression ok for anxiety can’t come off them or gets real angry. Needs sleeping meds doctor strength to sleep. Just starting living young for my self. Would like to start him on this but he is very negative about this stuff. But at the same time at the point to try anything. I don’t see progessence plus on order form thou. Any help to get started on this would be great


Chel August 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

I would strongly recommend for you to look into Paleo & GAPS diet for digestive issues! Gluten free diet at a MINIMUM with your symptoms.


Danz June 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I just found this post and was wondering now 6 months later how you feel these are helping you? I have struggled with diagnosed major depression, anxiety and PTSD, and more recently chronic pain along with stomach ulcers, degenerative disc disease, and Graves’ Disease. I’ve been on medications and in the mental hospital regularly for the last 7+ years. I’ve even gone through ECT shock therapy. The last 9 months I have found zero relief from any med or med combination we try. I’ve tried numerous “miracle cures” and absolutely nothing is helping. I am looking for true relief from these awful diseases. I feel I am grasping at straws and will try anything I can afford and is legal ;) at this point.


Leslie July 5, 2014 at 10:04 am

Hi, love your blog. Thanks for sharing. Would you be willing to share your face cream recipe with how much unrefined coconut oil to how many drops of frankincense? Much appreciated. Thanks!


Melissa July 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Hi there! I absolutely love your blog and just started dappling with EO… I googled EO and depression/anxiety… which is how I found your blog! My friend who turned me on to EO gave me the recipe for liquid xanax and I love Joy! If you have the time I would be so grateful if you could email me with what works best for you. I have been on meds for over five years and would love to live a more natural life! Thanks <3


Dean October 23, 2014 at 5:59 am

Thank you for this amazing article on how doTerra oils can relieve stress and anxiety. I always feel so calm after I use lavender.


Christine - From Dates to Diapers October 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I actually use Young Living essential oils, Dean. I’m glad you like this post! ;)


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