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  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

    Also visit the online treatment locator.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

English and Spanish are available if you select the option to speak with a national representative. Currently, the 435748 (HELP4U) text messaging service is only available in English.

In 2020, the Helpline received 833,598 calls. This is a 27 percent increase from 2019, when the Helpline received a total of 656,953 calls for the year.

The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.

The service is confidential. We will not ask you for any personal information. We may ask for your zip code or other pertinent geographic information in order to track calls being routed to other offices or to accurately identify the local resources appropriate to your needs.

No, we do not provide counseling. Trained information specialists answer calls, transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.

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12 essential oils: for chronic diseases, depression and anxiety


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Millions of people struggle with chronic diseases, including autoimmune diseases. Due to suffering, the quality of life decreases, the risk of developing anxiety and depression increases. Essential oils will help to get rid of problems and improve health. Try their healing power!

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon oil is valued not only for its amazing smell. It has an anti-inflammatory effect and relieves pain caused by chronic diseases. No wonder it is recommended for those who suffer from arthritis. This natural remedy for muscle and joint pain restores the ability to move normally, relieves migraine attacks, reduces pressure in sinusitis. It is used for digestive disorders, as well as for the healing of infected wounds and cuts.

2. Ginger

Ginger oil relieves pain of various origins and is especially recommended for disorders of the digestive system. Ginger is able to suppress the activity of brain mediators that are associated with the mechanism of pain and often cause its exacerbation. It also helps with arthritis: relieves inflammation and pain in muscles and joints, improves overall well-being.

3. Wintergreen

Wintergreen is sometimes called nature's aspirin because of its high methyl salicylate content. The plant has excellent pain-relieving properties. Wintergreen oil can be used for massage or applied to sore points. It relieves muscle and joint pain, effective in rheumatoid arthritis. It also soothes headaches.

4. Lavender

Among the oils that help overcome anxiety and depression, lavender is in the first place. Its delicate aroma is soothing and relaxing, lowering high levels of stress caused by excess cortisol. Lavender essential oil not only restores the desired balance, but also soothes inflamed skin with acne, eczema. Helps with autoimmune diseases that are accompanied by skin rashes. It is also an excellent remedy for rheumatoid arthritis and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

5. Cedar

Cedar oil is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties. It perfectly calms the nervous system and is suitable for the treatment of depression.

Massage with cedar oil will relieve pain in muscles and joints. In aromatherapy, cedar works as a powerful anti-stress and restores healthy sleep. Many use it in meditation. It is recommended for psoriasis and skin irritations, as well as high blood pressure.

6. Bergamot

Almost all aromatherapy fans love the sweet smell of bergamot oil. And for good reason: it relieves depressive states, helps to overcome anxiety and strengthens overall well-being.

Bergamot oil is recommended for those suffering from eczema and psoriasis. The tool perfectly soothes the skin and reduces inflammation. Powerful antiseptic, heals small wounds. In addition, the oil removes toxins from the body.

7. Frankincense

A well-known essential oil for centuries, valued for its exceptional anti-inflammatory properties. Frankincense soothes the surface of the skin and acts effectively at the cellular level. Especially recommended for lupus, as it stimulates the immune response and alleviates further manifestations of the disease.

Often used in aromatherapy, it has a calming effect and clears the mind. If you need to relieve nervous tension, frankincense oil will help you relax and maintain focus.

8. Peppermint

Peppermint is often used in the treatment of digestive disorders. For intestinal inflammation, you can mix a few drops of peppermint essential oil with natural coconut oil and massage your stomach. This will definitely ease the symptoms.

Peppermint oil is also known to relieve joint stiffness and maintain muscle tone. It is used for acupressure and general massage, stimulates blood circulation and facilitates breathing during colds. Favorably affects the psyche and protects against any mental disorders.

9. Clary sage

Chronic stress is one of the main factors that reduce the quality of life and increase the manifestations of autoimmune diseases. Clary sage reduces stress levels, relieving subsequent symptoms.

Sage essential oil protects against frequent mood swings, helps to cope with depression and anxiety. It will save you from insomnia, returning a sound and deep sleep. Sage restores hormonal balance, and its infusion will save you from dry skin.

10. Valerian

Valerian essential oil has many healing properties. It restores hormonal balance, returns normal sleep, reduces anxiety and depression. With regular use, it improves mood and releases negative energy accumulated as a result of chronic stress.

If your stress hormone levels are going through the roof, valerian oil is the perfect solution. It will restore balance and help maintain a peaceful, calm, relaxed state.

11. Lemongrass

Lemongrass oil is an analgesic, effective in inflammatory and autoimmune processes. Strengthens joints and muscles, relieves headaches and fights viral infections.

Lemongrass boosts self-esteem and fights depression, improves mental health and stress resistance. Copes with anxiety and mood swings. It is recommended to nursing mothers to enhance lactation.

12. St. John's wort

St. John's wort essential oil is a natural antidepressant that stimulates the production of important neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. With regular use, it prevents sharp jumps in emotional states, stabilizes hormonal balance and generally has a beneficial effect on health. This is an excellent tool for dealing with stress and chronic fatigue.

These oils can be used in massage, aromatherapy and inhalation.


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Will essential oils help me cope with depression?

Essential oils are used for a variety of purposes, from repelling insects to relieving back and neck pain. These substances are found in the bark, flowers, leaves, stems, roots and other parts of plants, for their extraction, a cleaning method or cold pressing is used.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of certain essential oils in dietary supplements and found them safe to consume. The use of essential oils in aromatherapy is not regulated. A new study has shown whether these substances are effective in combating the manifestations of depression.

Researchers have proven that essential oils do not cure depression and cannot be used as an alternative to medical treatment. Their effect was not effective for arterial hypertension, depression, anxiety, dementia and for pain relief. But scientists say that essential oils can be used as a complementary therapy in conjunction with traditional treatments: psychotherapy and antidepressants. Certain essential oils can reduce symptoms of depression, and their use improves sleep, mood, and quality of life for patients. Essential oils can also reduce anxiety, which is often seen in patients with depression.

It is generally accepted that the essential oils of certain plants have a positive effect on patients with depressive disorders. For example, oils from plants such as bergamot, lavender, rose, Roman chamomile, orange, and frankincense will help to cope with stress, anxiety and depression. The use of rosemary oil has effects similar to those of antidepressants. Wild ginger is able to suppress depression-like behaviors, and cananga (ylang-ylang) can lower heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate.

Most of the conclusions about the positive effects of using essential oils are based on subjective opinions rather than scientific data. The essential oil of one plant could have different effects on the participants in the experiment. Because of the smell of these substances, it is difficult to conduct an experiment in which the participants would not know what substance they are using. For this reason, many scientific papers examining the effects of essential oils on patients with anxiety and depression are inconclusive.

After being absorbed through the skin or inhaled, essential oils act on a specific area of ​​the brain - the limbic system, which is also responsible for emotions, behavior, memory and mood.

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