Bipolar Disorder

essential OilBipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) symptoms are severe mood shifts from periods of highs with energy and activity (manic) to lows with lethargy, sadness or hopelessness (depression). These moods swings are more severe than the normal ups and downs many experience in life.

Symptoms of this disorder usually begin in the late teenage and early adult period of life (15-25) and equally effect males and females. There seems to be some connection between having this disorder and a history of it in one’s family. Although this condition is thought to be a long-term illness many report that with proper help they are living comfortable and productive lives.

Types of bipolar disorder:

Since symptoms can vary greatly from person to person professionals use four terms to describe types of bipolar disorder. Bipolar type I, have manic episodes and periods of mayor depression; bipolar type II, have lower episodes of mania (hypomania) that alternate with episodes of depression; cyclothymia, a milder form; and BP-NOS (bipolar not otherwise specified) for those with the symptoms but do not fit the criteria for the previous types.

Causes and Risk Factors

Bipolar disorder has many different cause including, hormonal imbalance, genetics, neurotransmitter imbalance, changes to the brain (either due to injury or other factors), stress, abuse, as well a traumatic loss can also contribute to the development of Bi-polar disorder. Additional emotional, psychological, or health issues can make the diagnosis of the disorder difficult. Conditions that commonly occur with Bi-polar disorder include anxiety, ADD/ADHD, addiction or substance abuse, heart disease, thyroid disease, and obesity.

Suggested Oils to Use

Frankincense, Lavender, Melissa, Vetiver

Also consider: Clary Sage

Suggested Ways to use

Use inhalation of Frankincense or Vetiver. Daily and as need, apply to wrists, back of neck and/or inhale.

Recipe 1 – Can be used Topically, Internally, or Aromatic
1 drop Rose
3 drops Sandalwood
1 drop Orange

Recipe 2 – Can be used Topically, Internally, or Aromatic
3 drops Bergamot
2 drops Clary Sage

Recipe 3 – Can be used Topically, Internally
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Ylang Ylang
3 drops Grapefruit

Recipe 4 – Can be used Topically, Internally, or Aromatic
2 drops Frankincense
1 drop Lemon
2 drops Jasmine or Neroli

Directions to use the oil blends above:

Mix all the ingredients together in a dark bottle, shake well.

Diffuser Recipe: Use appropriate number of drops from your recipe in your diffuser by following the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Inhalation: Use your desired recipe and rub 1-2 drops on your hands and inhale. You can also inhale directly from a bottle, but be aware that oxygen can affect the oils, so only keep them open to the air for short periods of time.

Bath Oil/Salts: Add about 15 drops of your chosen recipe in your bath. Mix well and use normally. For bath salts, add 10-15 drops to 1/4 cup of baking soda or Epsom salts and allow to sit overnight, add to your bath and enjoy.

Massage Oil: Take 8 drops of your recipe and mix it with 20ml of carrier oil (ex: coconut oil).

Air Freshener: Fill a spray bottle with either 1.5 ounces of distilled water and or 3 ounces of distilled water. Then, add 30-40 drops of your chosen recipe. The aroma can change after the air freshener has had time to sit so it is best to make in small batches and use within 48 hours. Shake the bottle once before each use. Spray lightly in the chosen room. Be careful not to allow the air freshener mist to fall on your furniture, as some oils may stain.

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