Lavender Oil Benefits: Reducing Stress and Depression

Filed Under: Stress Management, Mood & Memory

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 this and other 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.

Read more Healing Tips

DISCLAIMER: The content of is offered on an informational basis only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health provider before making any adjustment to a medication or treatment you are currently using, and/or starting any new medication or treatment. All recommendations are "generally informational" and not specifically applicable to any individual's medical problems, concerns and/or needs.

Enjoy What You've Just Read?

Get it delivered to your inbox! Signup for E-News and you'll get great content like you've just read along with other great tips and guides from Dr. Whitaker!