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.


The Herbal Blog Contest – Week # 7

Welcome to week 7 of the herbal blog contest!

This week we are featuring Aquarian Bath your source for all natural gentle soaps, herbal balms, salves, deodorants, and spa pillows. Aquarian Bath’s soaps, balms and salves are either unscented or lightly scented with only pure essential oils. This week, enter to win you choice of a Lavender Spearmint Lip balm in a 0.15 oz tube OR a Lemon Lime Lip Balm in a 0.25 oz slide tin, and 20% off on your next order with Aquarian Bath.

The Lavender Spearmint Balm is made with Extra virgin olive oil, Shea butter, Beeswax, Castor oil, Spearmint and Lavender essential oil.

The Lemon Lime lip balm is made with Coconut oil, Shea Butter, Castor oil, Beeswax, Jojoba, Lime and Lemon Essential oils, and Zinc Oxide, a mineral used in sunscreens.

To win one of these lovely balms, enter by posting a comment in response to this blog entry and take a chance at winning! Entrants must include their email address to be eligible to win. US and Canadian residents are eligible. You can receive additional chances to win in the following ways:

* Tweet about this blog contest on including @aquarianbath in the tweet. Come back and log your tweet with a comment to receive 1 additional entry.
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*The following blogs are also participating, so stop over to enter with them for additional chances to win AND the chance to explore some cool blogs.
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Make a purchase from one of these 9 host blog’s online stores to receive 2 additional entries and leave a comment at the host’s blog’s contest:
The Essential Herbal
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One lucky winner from one of the 10 host blogs will be contacted to receive 2 free soaps of their choice along with their lip balm and 20% off coupon, so be sure to visit and enter at all 10 blogs.

The winners will be announced at the Aquarian Bath blog when the results are in from all participating blogs. Enjoy.

Keep coming back and keep entering. We have some great prizes coming up, and we’ll be having the contests until the middle of May!

Remember to share this with friends and family as well.

– until next time,


The Mis-Information Highway! – Lavender & the Media – Slanted Journalism, you think?

My rant of the day ! But first .. the meaning of :: ‘Shill’ .. as quoted from the Websters Dictionary:

… or the street verison .. selling you a ‘dream’ .. the ‘mouth piece’ of thehuge corporations that are controlling the media and information highway ..
slanted journalism .. oh my.! Here in America, please say it ain’t so.!!
So, with that .. the LA Times today is pitching an article on ‘Lavender’.
As a rebuttal to this misinformed ‘Shill’ of an article, with permission from Harry Roth, I am printing his response sent to the LA Times::
‘Please try not to be such a shill of the fragrance industry.
I refer to your article today alleging that the effects of lavender are bogus, this assertion coming directly from a mouthpiece of the fragrance industry onto your pages. You should have at least checked PubMed for recent peer-reviewed journal articles on the efficacy of lavender in stress reduction instead of scarfing down fragrance industry pap.
Here are a few articles from JUST 2007-2008–that’s right, ONE YEAR.
There are many, many more:
Nurses working in intensive care were less stressed when they used lavender.
The scent of lavender lowers blood pressure in mice.
Lavender bath oil reduces stress and crying and enhances sleep in very young infants.
Treatment with lavender aromatherapy in the post-anesthesia care unit reduces opioid requirements of morbidly obese patients undergoing laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.
Relaxation effects of lavender aromatherapy improve coronary flow velocity reserve in healthy men evaluated by trans thoracic Doppler echo cardiography.
Positive effects of aromatherapy massage on blood pressure and lipid profile in Korean climacteric women.
Anxiolytic effects of lavender oil inhalation on open-field behaviour in rats. Shows lavender also sedating at higher doses.
Positive effects of lavender aromatherapy acupressure on hemiplegic shoulder pain and motor power in stroke patients.
Lavender relaxes women having electrocardiogram in Japan.
Lavender calms agitated behavior in people with Alzheimer’s.
Lavender decreases the stress hormone cortisol.
Have an informed day.
Harold A. Roth, Ph.D.
Want to say a great big ‘thank you Harry!’, for this wonderful and informative information.
(btw Harry’s Blog – ‘The Alchemist’s Garden’ is listed on my favorite blogs.)
thanks for stopping by,
~ until next time,