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Orange Essential Oils, Genes and PTSD

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One of the challenges of dealing with PTSD is the difficulty of finding an adequate treatment. There are few medications for PTSD that are FDA-approved. However, relief may soon be easier than you thought.

Scientists at George Washington University have conducted research that found that orange essential oils (essential oils are naturally produced by plants) can reduce the symptoms of fear-related emotional issues, including PTSD.

During the research, it was discovered that mice who were treated with orange essential oils were less likely to display fearful behavior later on. In addition, they had fewer immune cells that were associated with the biochemical pathways linked to PTSD.

Essential oils are much more economically viable than pharmaceutical medications. They can be mixed with food and drink, applied to the skin, or inhaled. Although the full impact of orange essential oils on PTSD still needs to be studied further, this does show a promising start for a possible treatment.

In related news, new studies have shown that PTSD may be linked to DNA and genes. A study by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium showed that certain genes are possibly linked to PTSD and that European and American women are more genetically likely to develop PTSD. People with a genetic risk for other emotional issues, such as schizophrenia, are also more likely to develop PTSD. The study pooled together data from 20,000 people who were involved in 11 various multi-ethnic studies around the world.

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