I have just released my second post within my series on integrative modalities for supporting mental health that discusses essential oils. The overall goal of all of these articles is to empower both patients and providers with information on how supplements, essential oils, and lifestyle practices can support those who struggle with psychological diagnoses.
Since most mechanisms for medications for mental illness act on neurotransmitters, I am currently focusing on how essential oils can also impact these brain signals. In this way, health care practitioners and patients can make informed decisions on how supplements and essential oils can synergize, interact, or modify current treatments.
Previous articles address:
- How NAC (N-acetylcysteine) and natural supplements can be used to support psychiatric disorders and provide additional benefits, beyond manipulating biological pathways. This is based on their multiple mechanisms of action which can impact several factors at once that are associated with brain health.
- A neurotransmitter and brain biochemistry review to better understand the language of the mind and how it can be affected by various interventions.
- An overview of my previous posts on essential oils and how they can act simultaneously on the physical, biochemical, and emotional brain.
- A special note on why it’s imperative to learn more about mental illness and ending the stigma attached to it.
Please keep in mind that although I am only focusing on biochemical effects, how essential oils impact our mood is multifactorial and not just based on their aromatic influence. (source, source, source, source, source) They are truly a holistic tool that should be considered as a low risk, synergistic modality to addressing many of the factors linked to balancing the brain simultaneously.
To learn more about the specific actions of various essential oils and their compounds on neurotransmitters, click here.
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This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.