Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Essential oils for occasional and minor anxiety

There are evidences for the effectiveness of lavender in the treatment of anxiety in humans. In a single-blinded, randomized pilot study, Lehrner and colleagues found lavender odor exposure to be effective in relieving anxious mood in dental patients who underwent a stressful procedure. Kuroda and colleagues examined the sedative effects of (R)-(−)-linalool, the main component of both jasmine tea and lavender, on moods and autonomic nerve activity (ANS) [13]. They found that it produced calm and vigorous mood state and elicited a significant decrease in heart rate and an increase in HF (high-frequency) component when compared with the controls [13]. Source

Lavender Essential Oil
transparent background lavender sprig for anxiety
  • For dietary, aromatic or topical use. When using as a supplement, put one drop in a capsule or in 4 fl. oz. of rice, almond, or goat's milk.
  • Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age.
  • Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops of lavender essential oil to the affected area.
  • Use neat on inside-the-mouth sores or cuts. Repeat as necessary 5-7 times a day.
  • Rub lavender essential oil on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the affected area.
  • Rub a few drops of lavender essential oil onto your hand and spread over your child’s pillow to help him/her sleep.
  • Diffuse or inhale lavender essential oil to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a hard day’s work.

Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

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