10 Effective Home Remedies for Bipolar Disorder

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The most effective home remedies for bipolar disorder include the use of St. John’s Wort, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, black cohosh, fish oil, valerian root, lithium, flaxseed oil, and magnesium, as well as behavioral remedies like massage therapy, restful sleep, and stress reduction.

Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that is characterized by unpredictable and seemingly uncontrollable swings between periods of good moods and depression. Extreme changes in energy, activity, and sleep patterns may be observed in this disorder.

Home Remedies for Bipolar Disorder

There are many remedies that can help relieve symptoms of bipolar disorder. Let us look at some of them in detail below:


Depression is often associated with fatigue, lethargy, or exhaustion, which can make it difficult to maintain a normal quality of life, hold down a job, or engage in social interactions. Ginseng has been known as an energy-boosting substance for centuries, and the supplemental form of this key herb is readily available across the world. When your energy is boosted, you feel more able to do things, get out of the house, and engage normally.

Ginkgo Biloba

The neurological effects of ginkgo are still up for some debate, but it has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain and protect against cognitive impairment in the case of dementia. This herb is commonly recommended for those suffering from bipolarity as a way to balance mood and properly regulate chemical pathways that affect the brain.

Fish Oil

It seems that omega-3 fatty acids are praised for countless health benefits these days, and bipolar disorder is no exception. Fish oil supplements are popular recommendations for bipolar disorder, despite the exact pathway remaining unclear. Studies have shown that populations consuming higher concentrations of fish and possessing higher levels of omega-3 in their bloodstream less commonly exhibit signs of bipolar disorder. For example, Japan has one of the lowest reported bipolar disorder rates in the world and one of the highest rates of fish consumption.

St. John’s Wort

This is one of the standard natural treatments for depression of any kind and is therefore highly effective for bipolar disorder. By acting as a nervine agent (something that calms/regulates the nervous system), St. John’s Wort can ease depressive tendencies and balance mood, much like pharmaceutical mood stabilizers, but without the dangerously addictive side effects.

Note: St. John’s Wort can complicate other medications being taken for bipolar disorder, so medical consultation is recommended.

Valerian Root

This readily available herb is also closely connected with bipolar disorder, as it can act as a powerful sedative, ensuring healthy sleep and rest for sufferers of this disorder. Valerian root is also linked to reduced rates of anxiety and stress, which are major contributors to bipolar disorder.


In the past, lithium was often prescribed by doctors to lessen the effects of bipolar disorder, but dosage and diagnosis mistakes were often made. However, you can benefit from naturally occurring lithium in various foods, including mustard, kelp, pistachios, and dairy products. Lithium has been shown to reduce the manic episodes of those suffering from bipolar disorder but is considered healthier when accessed naturally.

Black Cohosh

This well-known herb, also known as black snakeroot, has long been known to suppress the nervous system and prevent manic episodes. Commonly used as a sedative, in regulated quantities, it can help to balance the mood swings and behavioral/social issues that bipolar disorder patients regularly experience.


As one of the essential minerals for human health, magnesium helps to promote restful sleep, while reducing anxiety and stress. During periods of excessive work, magnesium levels deplete, leading to insomnia and depression. Some of the best natural sources of magnesium include spinach, seeds, fish, avocados, and bananas.

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Massage Therapy

The benefits of massage are manifold and well-known and can help to reduce toxins in the body that cause anxiety, stress, and sleeplessness. Massage therapy has been shown to directly affect the function of neurotransmitters and the hormone levels of the body, which can impact bipolar episodes.

Restful Sleep

Exhaustion and anxiety are two of the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder, so ensuring that your schedule includes enough time for a proper 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is crucial. By giving your mind time to work, in conjunction with the use of nervine agents and other behavioral approaches, bipolar disorder will have less “weak spots” to come through and negatively affect your quality of life.

Suggested Treatments

There are different classifications of bipolar disorder, which are defined by the type and volume of bipolar episodes, and formal treatment varies depending on the diagnosis.

Typical treatments include the use of psychotherapy, which is commonly combined with anti-psychotic, anticonvulsant, and mood-stabilizing drugs, such as the benzodiazepine.

Given the side effects and potentially addictive qualities of current bipolar disorder treatments, many turn to alternative and natural remedies for this disorder.

Word of Caution: Severe cases of bipolar disorder may require hospitalization and highly regulated treatment. While many of these home remedies may help reduce or prevent bipolar episodes and symptoms, consulting a medical or psychological professional is highly recommended.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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