Introduction

Aromatherapy can be a soothing treatment for Bipolar Disorder.  This article will explore background information on Bipolar Disorder and provide several types of aromatherapy that are suggested for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Some Background Information On Bipolar Disorder

According to naturalon.com, the following can be noted about 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
  • Genetics
  • 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.

Aromatherapy For Bipolar Disorder
With that stated, how can aromatherapy be used as a treatment method for Bipolar Disorder?  According tonaturalon.com, the following information can be noted about aromatherapy for Bipolar Disorder:
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:
  • Rosemary
  • Cinnamon
  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Rose
  • Thyme
  • Mint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Melissa
  • Vetiver
  • Clary sage

Conclusion

To conclude, this article has provided readers with some background information on Bipolar Disorder and some types of aromatherapy for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder.  Consider using aromatherapy for a treatment method for Bipolar Disorder.