The treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and dementia are traditionally treated with pharmaceutical drugs that generally come with unwanted side effects. However, new research studies show potential for the treatment of the conditions through the use of orange essential oil.
Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for thousands of years with the earliest evidence dating back to 18,000 B.C.E. In modern times their use has lived in the realm of hippy dippy hocus pocus, but the benefits are now being given a second look. As consumers become more cognizant of what they put in and on their bodies, non-pharmacological therapies are becoming more popular.
Cassandra Moshfegh, the PTSD study’s first author, told Psyblog, “Relative to pharmaceuticals, essential oils are much more economical and do not have adverse side effects. The orange essential plant oil showed a significant effect on the behavioral response in our study mice. This is promising because it shows that passively inhaling this essential oil could potentially assuage PTSD symptoms in humans.”
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