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Feeling Stressed Out? Try Lavender Oil

By Indy Summers

Between climate change, government shutdowns and finding out you have to wait until April for the last six episodes of Game of Thrones, there's plenty to feel stressed about already in 2019. Prolonged anxiety can lead to flow on problems like difficulty focusing, higher blood pressure, breathing problems, and even physical pain. If your anxiety is getting the best of you, before you turn to risky medications with questionable side effects, why not try a completely natural, safe and effective treatment that can help ease anxiety naturally?

Lavender for Anxiety

Lavender, also called spikenard is actually a member of the mint family. It has been used for several thousand years and is even mentioned several times in the bible. Ancient and indigenous people have used Lavender for a variety of purposes, including washing their hair and bodies, adding dimension and flavor to foods, treating various skin conditions, and soothing cuts, burns and scrapes. Lavender has incredible antiseptic qualities that make it effective in a variety of forms and treatments.

But can this humble flower really provide relief for anxiety sufferers? Absolutely. Read on to find out more.

A Safe, Effective Treatment for Women

A recent study published in the medical journal Phytomedicine showed that lavender is just as effective as Xanax in treating anxiety in women (and only slightly less effective than traditional medications in treating anxiety in men). In addition to being widely available and relatively inexpensive, lavender doesn't have any of the addictive qualities of other medications used to treat anxiety, depression and panic attacks. So how can you take advantage of the healing power of lavender?

Ways to Use Lavender to Treat Anxiety

You might be surprised at all the different ways lavender can be used to treat anxiety. Ingestion, inhalation, and topical application are all viable and safe methods for using lavender for medicinal purposes.

  • Ingestion: In the study mentioned earlier, patients were given between 80 and 100 milliliters of pure lavender oil in capsule form for six weeks. Over half of patients saw a reduction in symptoms.
  • Inhalation: Lavender aromatherapy, or olfaction, is another highly effective method for treating stress. In clinical trials, simply inhaling a 10% olfaction of Lavender for just three minutes caused participants to have increased feelings of wellbeing and calm.
  • Topical Application: Lavender is one of the few essential oils that does not have to be diluted before using on your skin. To reap the benefits, simply add a few drops to your bath or rub them directly on your pulse points. Linalool, one of the active volatiles in Lavender, can be absorbed dermally (through the skin), with about 60% of it ending up in your bloodstream.

Now that you have taken a closer look at these methods, it's important to note that the most effective treatments will come from the best, most concentrated ingredients. Be sure to start your regimen off right with a high quality lavender essential oil.

Finding High Quality Lavender Oil

Not all lavender oil is created equally. While lavender can be grown practically anywhere, cultivation and distillation methods play a major role in the quality of your final product. Creating high quality lavender oil is a complex and inexact science. In fact, the process is so complicated that the late D. Gary Young, founder of Young Living Essential Oils and godfather of the modern essential oil movement spent twenty years in France learning how to properly grow, harvest and produce high quality lavender oil.

Before you invest in Lavender Oil for your anxiety, make sure you're purchasing from a trusted source with a reputation for quality. WellnessAromas.com provides a useful guide on essential oils and stress.

Indy Summers is a freelance writer interested in fashion, healthy living, and fitness. She has worked as an esthetician, as a personal trainer, and as a freelance model for several years. As such, she considers herself an expert in these industries and all topics related to them.

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