Lavender, the much-loved “granny” herb, often seen in gardens in your neighbourhood, has long been known for its calming influence. But research has delved deeper and there is evidence endorsing lavender essential oil’s positive effect on the symptoms of anxiety.
Anxiety is fear. It’s a survival mechanism, designed to kick in when there is a threat. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common and widespread mental health issues today. Anxiety disorders are thought to affect up to 15% in the general population – affecting women twice as often as men. These disorders, included generalised anxiety, phobias (such as social phobia), panic attacks, and obsessive-compulsive disorder leave many searching for ways to help alleviate stress and promote relaxation to be able to function effectively while living a busy lifestyle. Can lavender essential oil help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety? And are all lavender essential oils created equal?
In summary, lavender essential oil administered through massage appears effective as a treatment for anxiety. And inhaled is likely helpful as well.