Lavender Oil Benefits: Reducing Stress and Depression

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Stress Management, Mood & Memory
Last Reviewed 02/15/2014

Lavender Oil Benefits: Reducing Stress and Depression

There’s a reason that lavender is often used in bath salts, body lotions, candles and massage oils. The fragrance of this flower is just plain relaxing—and scientific studies prove benefits of lavender.

Florida researchers have found that lavender oil benefits include reducing anxiety and lowering pulse rates in nursing students taking stressful tests. And in hospital settings, lavender aromatherapy has been demonstrated to decrease pre-surgery distress and to be more relaxing than massage or merely resting.

Lavender essential oil has medicinal properties as well. It has been shown to reduce depression, improve insomnia and ease labor pains. And anecdotal evidence suggests that lavender oil benefits those with headaches, hangovers, sinus congestion and pain relief.

Enjoying the benefits of lavender is simple. A few drops of essential oil may be added to your bath or to lotion or massage oil, and diffusers and aromatherapy candles can fill the air with this stress-reducing scent. Look for 100 percent pure essential oils in your health-food store or online. Good brands include Aura Cacia essential oils and Aroma Naturals aromatherapy candles.

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