Lavender Essential Oil - Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
Lavender aromatherapy and oil preparations have been shown to help calm nerves, lead to better sleep, and decrease feelings of anxiety and depression. Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy. Distilled from the plant Lavandula angustifolia, the oil promotes relaxation and believed to treat anxiety, allergies, depression, insomnia, nausea, and menstrual cramps as well as antispasmodic, restlessness, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects. Lavender may also help to alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, commonly known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Here are 3 possible benefits of lavender extract;
May improve mood disorders
Lavender is widely used as an aromatherapy agent and supplement to help with anxiety, depression, and fatigue.
Studies suggest that compounds in lavender may stimulate activity in certain areas of the brain and influence the transmission of impulses between brain cells in ways that boost mood and produce a calming effect and reported less fatigue and depression. The scent of lavender extract and oral lavender oil preparations have been shown to improve mood and calm the mind.
May boost sleep
The calming effect of lavender in the body is also thought to boost sleep.
One study in 158 new mothers in the postpartum period found that women who took 10 deep breaths of lavender fragrance 4 days a week for 8 weeks had significantly better sleep quality than those in the placebo group. Another study on 79 college students who reported sleep issues showed that proper sleep hygiene and breathing in lavender improved sleep quality
Based on these results, it’s possible that enjoying an unwind before bed could help you have better sleep. This may be especially true if you take time to appreciate and breathe in the scent, as research on lavender fragrance suggests.
Research suggests that the calming fragrance of lavender extract may also promote better sleep
Breathing in lavender essential oil or using it in massage may help with menstrual cramping
Cramping in the lower abdomen before or during a menstrual period is a common issue among women. Lavender may help with feelings of discomfort.
Specifically, one study in 200 young adult women in Iran found that smelling lavender for 30 minutes per day in the first 3 days of a menstrual cycle led to significantly less painful cramping after 2 months, compared with the control group