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Best Essential Oils for Help with Bipolar Disorder
Those affected by bipolar disorder, frequently referred to as manic depression, have severe mood swings with periods of feeling upbeat, bursting with energy and activity (the manic stage), to extreme lows, with depression, feelings of hopelessness, intense sadness, and lethargy. This is much more extreme in nature than the normal ups and downs most people experience in their daily lives.
Symptoms of this disorder often start in the late teenage years or early adult years, generally between 15 and 25 years of age. It affects both males and females and although it hasn’t been shown scientifically to be genetic, there does seem to be a greater chance of the development of this disease if one of your immediate family members has had it. This is considered to be a life long illness, but many people report that with proper treatment they are able to live productive lives.
Although manic depression has many different root causes including:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Neurotransmitter imbalance,
- Changes to the brain
- Extreme abuse
- Extreme stress
- Traumatic experiences
Other health issues, such as emotional or psychological problems, can make this disease difficult to diagnose, especially for those with mild cases. Modern psychology has definitions that categorize this disorder into several subcategories, depending on behavior. For some people, this disease can actually be life threatening.
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Bipolar disorder affects possibly as many as 5.7 million adults in America, with is about 2.6 percent of the over 18 adult population. Unfortunately, there is no definitive biological test and most doctors must rely on a patient’s description about their life as well as what is reported by family and friends.
The two main treatments for bipolar disorder are currently psychotherapy and medication which stabilizes the mood, including lithium and Depakote.
Although many medications are helpful, in mild cases, many people would prefer to use more natural means, such as herbs or essential oils. Although there has been very little, if any, research available regarding the effectiveness of essential oils and bipolar disorder, many testimonies state that they have gotten positive results from using essential oils for their manic depressive disorder.
The following essential oils are often recommended by users and are used as a part of Ayurvedic medicine for those with bipolar disorder:
- Clary sage
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Some mixes that seem to help some people affected with this disorder are:
- 2 Drops of Frankincense
- 2 Drops of jasmine
- 1 Drop of lemon
- 1 Drop of lavender
- 1 Drop of ylang ylang
- 3 Drops of grapefruit
- 1 Drop of rose
- 1 Drop of orange
- 3 Drops of sandalwood
- 3 Drops of bergamot
- 2 Drops of clary sage
Any of the above mixes can be used in aromatherapy, a diffuser, or added to a good quality base oil, such as sweet almond oil or coconut oil, and then used in a warm bath or as a massage oil.
Not every solution works for everyone as we are all unique individuals. Never stop taking any medication without your doctor’s approval. Show your doctor a list of the essential oils you would like to try so that you can discuss your own personal health issues with them. You should always consult your doctor before starting any herbal or essential oil program.