Hysteria is a term which is no longer used in modern medical practice, not least because it is a condition which is very difficult to define. It has, however, survived as the adjective ‘hysterical’, usually applied pejoratively to women to describe a certain type of uncontrolled or unpredictable behaviour of a demonstrative emotional character. In spite of its negative associations it is a real and definable condition.
Mood swings, like hysteria, are often associated only with women – especially as a premenstrual or menopausal symptom They are also, however, a common side-effect of stress. Swings in mood tend to range from hyperactivity and elation on the one hand, to physical exhaustion and depression on the other.
Lavender oil has long been prescribed for hysterical outbursts, a lack of emotional stability, and mood swings:
Because of its primarily balancing nature, it is of great value in helping people who are in an unbalanced emotional state – hysteria, manic depression or widely fluctuating moods.
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