Using Lavender to Alleviate Effects of Postpartum Depression

[html typography=”TextLinkPassive {color: #68a8ad;}”]Postpartum depression is a real and serious medical issue. If you believe you or someone you know is suffering from postpartum depression, we strongly urge you to talk to your doctor. If you’re not sure where to turn for help, you can get information from Postpartum Support International to learn more about postpartum depression and anxiety and to find support in your area.  PSI offers free online support sessions and has representatives in every state, usually more than one. Postpartum Progress is another excellent resource, with an online community to connect with others who are going through the same experience. You are not alone.

A recent clinical trial about the effects of inhaling the scent of lavender after childbirth concluded that “inhaling the scent of lavender for 4 weeks can prevent stress, anxiety, and depression after childbirth.” For more information, you can read the full article at PubMed. Combined with treatment under a professional’s care and community support, lavender essential oil can be a powerful tool in your toolkit.

Using Inhalations

For inhalations, we recommend the following methods:

  • Pocket Inhaler: The high-quality, sleek Pocket Inhaler is a super convenient way to bring your aromatherapy with you wherever you go. Fits easily into your pocket or bag. Get one for your bag, your car, and for home.
  • DIY Inhaler: In a small bottle, combine a blend of half epsom salts and half Himalayan salt. Add a few drops of essential oil and cap the bottle. This can be carried with you and used as needed, much like the Pocket Inhaler.
  • Tissue: In a pinch when you have nothing else around, 1 or 2 drops of essential oil on a tissue will work.

If you’d like to give lavender a try, check out all of our Lovely Lavender oils at our website.

SunRose Aromatics would like to thank Amanda Cadran for providing us with information on resources for postpartum depression for this post. We’re grateful for her input.