PART 3. THE REMEDIES
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Some herbal remedies for bipolar disorder help manage symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, and impulsive behavior. Others address depressive symptoms, like poor appetite and low mood. The seriousness of bipolar disorder cannot be overstated, and an herbal approach should not be the sole approach to managing it. Do not discontinue prescriptions or supplement with herbal remedies without consulting your doctor in case of potential harmful drug interactions.
Mandarin–Peppermint Smelling Salt
YIELD: 1 OUNCE
STORAGE: SMALL GLASS JAR
TIME: 2 MINUTES
Mandarin and peppermint combine to alleviate depressive symptoms. This smelling salt can be used alongside other therapies if needed.
1 ounce coarse sea salt
20 drops mandarin essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
1.In a small glass jar, combine the salt and the mandarin and peppermint essential oils.
2.Cap tightly and shake well to blend.
3.Inhale deeply for 20 seconds.
4.Enjoy this remedy as often as you like. Refresh the blend with more essential oil when the fragrance begins to fade.
Lavender Linen Spray
YIELD: 8 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS BOTTLE WITH A SPRAY TOP
TIME: 5 MINUTES
Lavender essential oil calms nervousness and helps stop racing thoughts. This linen spray smells wonderful and makes your bed a more relaxing place to be.
8 ounces water
1 teaspoon lavender essential oil
1.In a glass bottle, combine the water with the lavender essential oil.
2.Shake tightly before each use.
3.Just before bed, spray your sheets and pillows with the linen spray.
4.Use nightly. Inhale deeply while relaxing as you fall asleep.
Herbal Balancing Tea
YIELD: ABOUT 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES
Chamomile, hyssop, rosemary, and mint combine to alleviate stress and promote a balanced mood. Inhale the steam while the herbs steep. The fragrance will help you feel slightly relaxed.
1¼ cups water
1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers
1 teaspoon dried hyssop, crushed
1 teaspoon dried mint, crushed
½ teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
Honey or stevia (optional)
1.In a small saucepan, boil the water. Add the chamomile, hyssop, mint, and rosemary. Remove from the heat.
2.Steep for 15 minutes.
3.Strain into a mug, pressing excess liquid from the herbs before discarding them.
4.Sweeten with honey or stevia, if desired, and drink.
5.Enjoy this tea as often as you like.