Lavender Oil Reduces Anxiety

Lavender oil has a number of health effects, particularly a relaxing and calmative action. The calming effect of lavender oil has been attributed to phytochemicals within the essential oil. Lavender oil is used in aromatherapy, and in this capacity, the aroma from the lavender oil is considered necessary in order to fully transfer the relaxing properties of the herb. However, when used in aromatherapy massage, the active constituents of lavender oil, including linalool, have been shown to be absorbed through the skin where they enter the blood. Studies have compared the effects of an aromatherapy massage using lavender oil with unscented carrier oil on the anxiety experienced by surgery patients. In one study both the lavender and carrier oils were effective at reducing anxiety in the subjects, which likely attests to the positive health effects of massage. However, the addition of the lavender oil to the massage caused a significant reduction in anxiety when compared to the unscented oil.  

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Lavender oil has been used as a therapeutic agent and medicinal treatment since ancient Rome and Greek times. The main advantages of lavender oil to treat anxiety is its low cost and lack of side effects. Lavender oil is safe and effective at treating mild and moderate anxiety in humans and animals. It is also widely available, which makes it a highly convenient treatment.

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Franco, L., Blanck, T. J., Dugan, K., Kline, R., Shanmugam, G., Galotti, A., von Bergen, A. and Wajda, M. 2016. Both lavender fleur oil and unscented oil aromatherapy reduce preoperative anxiety in breast surgery patients: a randomized trial. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. 33: 243-249

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