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How to Use Lavender Oil for Anxiety
Anxiety problems and depression were not inventions of our modern era. On the contrary, before the development of modern anti-anxiety medications, people relied heavily on homeopathic treatments to soothe their worries. In all the annuals of herbal lore, one plant is always associated with reduced anxiety and depression: Lavender.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, lavender has a sedative property when inhaled that produces a soothing effect that calms the anxious mind. It is often used in baby bath products because of this effect, and can be helpful for adults as well.
To use lavender in aromatherapy, simply heat the essential oil to produce a diffusion of lavender smell that will help ease your worries and anxieties without the use of medication and its side effects.
In addition to the aromatherapy benefits of lavender, some people have reported a great easing of anxiety symptoms by ingesting the essential oil or a tea made from the flowers.
Clinical studies are now underway to explore the benefit of lavender to the mind, and some of the initial findings have been positive. It seems that lavender can be as effective as some of the widely-prescribed antidepressant medications. Users ingest a tea made by dropping a tiny amount of the essential oil into a prepared teacup. Although this has shown some promise, it is important to never ingest essential oils without first consulting with your doctor or health care provider.
So, while the jury is still out on the effects of ingesting lavender, you can still enjoy the proven benefits of the oil in aromatherapy uses.
I personally use coconut oil with a drop of lavender oil added in every day after showering and can attest to the calming effect the lavender has had on my mind. If you suffer from anxiety, or just need to unwind, I would suggest you try a little lavender essential oil and experience natural relaxation.