Postpartum depression is an extremely serious condition. Beyond just the “baby blues,” postpartum depression can even be dangerous for a woman and her family if it is left untreated. In fact, in some cases, postpartum depression can lead a woman into a deeper and even more serious condition such as postpartum psychosis. In addition, postpartum depression can rob a new mother of some of the joys of her baby’s first days of life. For these reasons and others, it is important for the woman experiencing postpartum depression to use every means at her disposal to help address this illness. The good news is that postpartum depression is very treatable, and does not have to consume the first days of a woman’s life after her baby is born. The most effective treatments for postpartum depression will include a combination of therapy and antidepressant medications, and may be supplemented by alternative medicines and remedies such as aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy refers to the practice in which you use essential oils in order to gain therapeutic benefits. Aromatherapy is often used to help alleviate certain symptoms, or to help with relaxation. There are even essential oils that are specifically designed to help with depression and anxiety, and these would generally also be appropriate for postpartum depression. These essential oils include jasmine, sandalwood, lavender, ylang-ylang, bergamot, and rose. There is some thought that some of these oils may actually have muscle-relaxing and sedative properties, which could, in turn, help to fend off some of the anxiety of the mother with postpartum depression.
There are no scientific studies to support the effectiveness of aromatherapy in treating postpartum depression. Still, many women who have experienced postpartum depression have been able to aid their recovery with aromatherapy. Aromatherapy should never be considered to be the primary treatment for postpartum depression, however; rather, aromatherapy serves well as a complimentary therapy, when it is used alongside proven and effective means of dealing with postpartum depression.
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