Kandala Simple Joy Essential Oil Blend
Depression is still a taboo for wide circles within our society. Many people, even if they acknowledge to themselves that they feel depressed, they keep it to themselves, and are afraid to talk to others about it, or seek help. Even admitting to family members and friends, for many, seems a frightening thought. Alas, dealing with depression alone can make the problem so much more difficult and by itself exacerbate the problem.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 16 million adults in the US experienced a major depressive episode in 2015. That represents 6.7% of the U.S. population. World-wide that figure jumps up to 350 million.
The aggregate economic costs in terms of health care expenditures, disability benefits and loss of work is more than $300 billion annually. Those are shocking numbers.
There are several types of depression:
- major or clinical depression
- bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder: rapid shifts in mood, energy, activity)
- seasonal affective disorder SAD (triggered by lack of sunlight during winter months)
- postpartum depression (separation depression after giving birth)
- psychotic depression (hallucinations, delusions, paranoia)
What are the common Symptoms?
- Fatigue and loss of interest
- Anxiety and irritability
- Sadness, hopelessness
- Paranoia, hallucinations and delusions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
If not treated, depression and its symptoms can worsen over time and lead to weight gain, or weight loss, indecision on most common life tasks, sleep disorders, et. al. The traditional treatment options include anti-depressant medication such as Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil – commonly called SSRIs, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors; they regulate the serotonin in the brain which affect mood. Another group of anti-depressants are SNRIs – Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors, such as Cymbalta; These drugs also relieve pain in addition to treating depression. There are many other anti-depressant drugs, addressing them here exceeds this website’s intention. All of these anti-depressant drugs bear the risk of side effects such as constipation, fatigue, nausea, drowsiness, blurry vision, et.al.
Kandala wants to bring attention to alternative methods that can help manage minor depression and seasonal affective order (SAD). Note, that these natural methods do not cure, or specifically treat depression, but they can alleviate and assist in reducing symptoms. Never stop taking prescribed anti-depressant medication without first talking to your doctor.
Here are some simple techniques that can help lift your spirits and manage depressive episodes:
- Regular exercise
- Yoga and meditation
- Proper and healthy diet
- Socializing and engaging in activities
- Supplements (beware, however, that some supplements may interact with anti-seizure drugs, and may affect the effectiveness of prescription anti-depressants (same as applies to Grapefruit)).
In addition to above, Kandala is now offering an excellent blend of premium essential oils that contain oils from herbs known to lift your spirits and help deal with depression. Note, this essential oil blend is not a cure nor a medical treatment for major depression, bipolar disorder, and the other forms of depression.
Ingredients and Benefits
The Kandala Simple Joy blend contains essential oils of Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga Odorata), Palmarosa Oil (Cymbopogon martinii), Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum).
Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
The flowers of the lavender plant provide this valuable oil which reduces emotional stress and anxiety, and is proven to help with depression.Studies have proven that lavender improves mild-to-moderate depression and offers faster recovery. The sedative and calming effects of lavender help with insomnia that many people with depression are affected by.
Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga Odorata)
Ylang Ylang is very effective for acute episodes of depression. It calms the body and mind, and reduces stress and anxiety. It also offers uplifting properties.
Palmarosa Oil (Cymbopogon martinii)
Palmarosa oil is derived from the Palmarosa grass. It relaxes the muscles and nerves and reduces anxiety and depression. With its uplifting properties, Palmarosa is an excellent complement to this blend.
Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata)
The mandarin oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit. The oilis known to help with mood swings and emotional imbalance. It relaxes and calms the body and mind. Mandarin also contains folate which is known to help with Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive issues.
Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum)
Lemon oil is also extracted from the peel of the fruit. It increases the dopamine levels in the brain. Low levels of dopamine in the brain have the effect of low energy and lack of motivation – the two most broad tell-tale manifestations of depression. Lemon essential oil helps clear the mind from fatigue and dizziness. It’s calming effect soothes the nerves and tension.
How to Use Kandala Simple Joy
Kandala Simple Joy Essential Oil Blend contains therapeutic-grade, pure essential oils that are too strong to be applied directly to the skin. It needs to be diluted with a carrier oil such as almond, argan, coconut, jojoba or olive oil. A 3-10% dilution is appropriate which equates to 3-5 drops drops for 1 teaspoon, or 5-10 drops for 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
Add 4-6 drops to a diffuser and go about your normal routine in this uplifting, enhanced environment. Alternatively, dribble a couple of drops on a cotton cloth or tissue or in an aromatherapy necklace and inhale at your leisure.
Mix a couple of drops with your body lotion or a carrier oil such as jojoba, avocado, almond or coconut oil. Apply to your wrists, temples, neck, behind your ears, or on the bottom of your feet. For a single application, dribble 2 drops directly onto your hand and add some carrier oil, mix the two by rubbing your hands together and apply to your skin.
Add 6-9 drops to a hot bath and sit back and relax while the natural scents surround your brain and your mood enhancing receptors. Mix the oil with some Epsom salt prior to adding it to the fully filled tub. Swirl the water with your hand to ensure that the salt dissolves and the oil is mixed well with the water.
The essential oils in the Kandala Immune Support blend are of therapeutic grade, 100% natural and pure. They are unfiltered, undiluted, without additives, fillers, alcohol or any other synthetic ingredients. Strictest quality testing includes analyses for odor, color, specific- gravity, optical rotation, refractive index, flash point and solubility. The oils are non-GMO, but not officially certified.
A quick overview of the chemical composition of the essential oils in the Kandala Simple Joy Essential Oil Blend:
Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia): a-pinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, cis-ocimene, trans-ocimene, 3-octanone, camphor, linalool, linalyl acetate, caryophyllene, terpinen-4-ol and lavendulyl acetate.
Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga Odorata): linalool, geranyl acetate, caryophyllene, p-cresyl methyl ether, methyl benzoate, benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate and other sesquiterpenes.
Palmarosa Oil (Cymbopogon martinii): myrcene, linalool, geraniol, geranyl acetate, dipentene and limonene.
Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata): a-thujone, a-pinene, camphene, sabinene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, y-terpinolene, linalool, citronellal, terpineol-4-ol, nerol and geranial.
Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum): a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-terpinene, linalool, b-bisabolene, limonene, trans-a-bergamotene, nerol and neral.
As with any other natural product, some people may develop a reaction when exposed to even the most natural and pure source of a plant, flower, or tree. Likewise, with essential oils, which are the most concentrated form of its source material.
Some of the naturally occurring chemicals in essential oils could cause a skin reaction such as aldehydes (citronella) and phenols (eugenol). Citrus plants also increase the photosensitivity of the skin, so when applied topically, extended sun exposure should be avoided. Some of the known potential skin irritants include bay, cinnamon, clove, citronella, cumin, lemongrass, oregano and thyme.
Elderly, babies and children as well as pregnant women should be careful when using essential oils. These groups are generally more sensitive to essential oils. And while the effects are not documented well enough to be of any proof, it’s not worthwhile taking any risks. Pregnant women should avoid clary sage, rosemary and rose.
Avoid contact of essential oils with the eyes as it can cause severe damage to your eyes. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases. If in doubt about whether or how to use essential oils, consult your health practitioner for advice.
Check the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy website, which has a comprehensive overview of safety concerns of essential oils.