Lavender Oil for Anxiety and Depression

Lavender Oil for Anxiety and Depression — Natural Medicine Journal: The Official Journal of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Who doesn’t like the smell of lav­ender? The essen­tial oil of lav­ender and the herb itself has long been used medi­cin­ally, but of course, most people believe it is just the smell alone of this herb that makes you feel relaxed as it is so pleas­ur­able.

Courtesy of Kate’s Garden: Lavender offi­cial­is

On the con­trary, lav­ender has potent thera­peut­ic prop­er­ties. It is an incred­ibly sup­port­ive herb to the para­sym­path­et­ic nervous sys­tem and is being found when com­pared with cur­rent anxiolyt­ic med­ic­a­tions such as the ben­zo­diazepines (eg. Valium) that it is, if not more effect­ive, in redu­cing the sever­ity of anxi­ety when com­pared with object­ive meas­ures such as the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale.

Lavender Oil for Anxiety and Depression — Natural Medicine Journal: The Official Journal of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Why choose lavender?

  1. Lavender com­pared with med­ic­a­tions for anxi­ety and depres­sion has a good safety pro­file: head­aches as side-effects com­pared with dry mouth or heavy sed­a­tion
  2. Little con­cerns with addic­tion com­pared with ben­zo­diazepines
  3. Liver bur­den and tox­icity (as asso­ci­ated with oth­er herbs like kava kava) is not noted with lav­ender

Caution: Lavender can cross the pla­cental bar­ri­er and should not be used medi­cin­ally in preg­nancy as there are some known abil­it­ies of it to influ­ence gen­er­al hor­mone func­tion­ing as well as in pre­pu­ber­tal boys with the induc­tion of gyneco­mastia (devel­op­ment of breast tis­sue). Speak to your natur­o­path­ic doc­tor or herb­al­ist for the appro­pri­ate anxi­ety and/​or depres­sion sup­ports dur­ing preg­nancy.

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