But as depression is something that affects most of us at one time or another, the way in which it manifests itself will vary from one person to another. One friend of mine describes it as like ‘wandering through thick fog, not knowing in which direction I am walking, and not knowing when or if the fog will lift’.
My friend describes depression as being like an invisible, suffocating weight which she has to carry, and which makes her so exhausted that she feels tired all of the time. She told me that when recently depressed, and lying on her bed in the middle of the day thinking about her dire financial problems and wallowing in self-pity, a thought came into her head ‘like a distress flare at sea’, to turn to aromatherapy for help.
Knowing that certain essences are beneficial in lifting depression she got up off the bed, sorted through her oil collection, and put three drops of clary sage onto her fragrancer, closed the door and window and again lay down on her bed, thinking that although she was beyond help, she ought to give it a try.
This is how she described the following half hour :
It was incredible. Within minutes I was feeling lighter. I began to feel happier and less worried. The money problem was still there, but somehow I felt detached from it, as though it had been put into a balloon, which was floating above my head even though it was still attached to me by a string. The stifling weight which had robbed me of my energy and inner harmony was not there any more, and after 30 minutes I felt like getting up and getting on with things.