Lavender Oil: Using lavender oil for anxiety November 05 2013

Days Island lavender oil, when distilled for therapeutic use, comes from the botanical species 
(Lavandula angustifolia) and is native to the western regions of the Mediterranean. This oil 
has long been a popular remedy for stress and relaxation, but only recently has increasing 
credibility been given to its effectiveness in treating anxiety. Studies have shown that the 
scent of lavender can actually change brain wave patterns and calm nerves. 
Anxiety is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and is most commonly 
treated with benzodiazepines such as Ativan or Xanax. Unfortunately, these medications 
have undesirable side effects, as well as a potential for addiction. Since lavender oil has 
no potential for drug abuse and no sedating side effects, it has been deemed an effective 
and well-tolerated alternative to benzodiazepine drugs for the treatment of generalized 
anxiety. 
How to reduce anxiety using lavender oil:
There are a few different ways to incorporate lavender into a stress-relieving routine. One 
suggestion is to add a few drops to a warm bath or shower, utilizing the natural heat and 
steam to absorb the scent. Room diffusers that produce a vapor mist are also an easy way 
to disperse lavender oil. 
You can also create your own vapor treatment by boiling a few cups of water and adding 3-
5 drops of lavender oil. Place a towel over your head to keep the steam concentrated around 
your face, bend (carefully!) over the pot and slowly inhale. 
When combined with massage, lavender oil can be extremely effective for anxiety reduction. 
For an additional quick fix, rub a drop of this soothing oil on the base of the neck to 
immediately relieve anxiety. 
As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with 
your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very 
empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own 
discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.
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