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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Schizophrenia is a mental condition wherein the person suffers from thought patterns that are distorted and not associated with the real world around them. It typically begins in teen years or as a young adult and the number and intensity of symptoms tend to increase over time. There is some genetic risk if other family members have suffered. It affects both men and women equally but is generally milder and later in life with women.

Symptoms  at first may be irritability, stress, lack of concentration and insomnia. Later it may include difficulty with normal interactions with others, more muddled or delusional thinking, hallucinations or confusion knowing what is real and unreal or complete lack of emotion. There are multiple types of schizophrenia with different symptoms that include:

  Paranoid schizophrenia with anxiety, anger and paranoia.

  Disorganized schizophrenia with childlike behavior, unable to think or explain clearly, little emotion.

  Catatonic schizophrenia with contortions of the face, being unresponsive and rigid posturing.

  Undifferentiated schizophrenia may include any or all symptoms.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Grounding Blend, Frankincense, Lavender, Vetiver

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Peaceful Child Blend (Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Marjoram with FCO), (now A Women's Monthly Blend)

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Suggested protocols:

Some suggest using Grounding Blend, Vetiver or another of the recommended oils in a roller bottle and applying it behind the ears, on the wrists or on the bottoms of the feet 2 or 3 times daily.

If the odor is inviting rubbing 2 - 3 drops on the palms of the hands and cupping them over the nose and inhaling deeply is another successful application technique.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Rachel - I am in conversation with and Integrative/Holistic psychiatrist who is working with a patient with schizophrenia and a neck tumor.  They both are very interested in pursuing oils, specifically frankincense to treat the tumor.  She is a bit hesitant due to his past mental illness behavior, and he currently is well controlled on a conventional anti-psychotic.  She would feel most confortable talking to someone with experience with oils and conventional mental illness mediciations. If you are well versed in these two areas, please respond so I can put you in touch with my colleague.

Rebecca - My future daughter-in-law also deals with schizophrenia and is a new to oils but already in love with them and the benefits they have already had with her.  I'm sure there are other people here who would love to have any info on the use of oils in the treatment of this.  Please keep any results posted!

Nancy - Becky, what oils has she used? What works for her? Thanks,

Rebecca - So far she's just used the LLV and citrus oils for depression, but we're hoping to find something that helps with her other issues as well.  She feels the LLV and oils have helped her depression greatly, so that is huge.


Victoria- I was wondering if there has been any info on the oils and mental illness, particularly schizophrenia. My son Joseph was diagnosed with schizoeffective disorder when he was 19 years old...but his drug use in his later teen years most definitely contributed to the onset and further damaged his brain. Also I believe when he was born back in 1986 and received the DPT shot and screamed for 8 hours straight that did some damage too and didn’t manifest until puberty! His greatest challenge is hearing voices. Anyway I am leaning towards frankincense for him, but any advice would be appreciated! He is of course on meds...and clozaril is one that can effect his white blood cells. So far so good on that, but in my heart and soul I have always believed we could improve and decrease medications to a minimum, and we keep praying.

Nannette - You do well with the Frankincense but I suggest you supplement it with Vetiver, another oil that passes the blood-brain barrier and enters the brain tissues, by diffusion.

Rochelle - I am working with a teen girl who has been diagnosed schizophrenic.  Her reoccurring episodes are due to sexual trauma.  She is typically hospitalized several times a year, especially around the anniversary date of the trauma.  Her biggest trigger is a common smell.  When she is exposed to her trigger, she immediately uses Lavender, the hope is to retrain her brain that the trigger smell brings the memory of the comforting scent of Lavender over the memory of the trauma.  Due to reoccurring nightmares, she also uses Lavender on her feet and shoulders to sleep at night as well as diffusing it.  She uses Frankincense daily, 2 drops along her spine twice a day.  She uses the Peaceful Child blend for anxiety and she has it in a roll-on for easy application to her wrists any time of the day.  And, she takes the LLV.

She started this protocol in November 2011 and I am happy to say she has passed through the anniversary date of her trauma (where she is typically hospitalized 2-3 times in a window of about 3 weeks) with no hospitalization and has gone from daily talks of suicide to living the life of a normal teen girl.

Elizabeth - I am absolutely in love with the oils and have had very good success with friends who suffer from anxiety, suicidal thoughts and depression with frankincense, vetiver and the (now A Women's Monthly Blend) blend.  I also want to share Clearmind International with you as a personal growth group psychotherapy program that has truly changed my life and that of many people I know. Their program seems to me to be in a synergistic relationship with the oils. Blessings

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