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Whether you’re stressed or anxious, lavender oil can help you feel calmer and happier

Published on:17 September 2020, 11:38am IST
Feeling stressed, or down and out? The aroma of lavender essential oil is all you need to lift your spirits and feel better!
Shreya Gupta
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Improve your mood with the aroma of lavender oil. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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The very mention of lavender makes you think of this flower’s fragrance and colour, but guess what? There’s more to it than meets the eye. Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils available today, and can provide healing benefits like no other! Commonly used for aromatherapy, this essential oil can also help to tackle a range of skin and hair conditions, as well as sleep-related issues. 

But if there’s one thing that caught our attention, it is lavender’s ability to uplift your mood in no time! Yes, it’s true—the scent of lavender can work its magic on your mood. So, if you are a little overwhelmed or perpetually stressed, lavender essential oil will ease all your worries, and make you super happy! 

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So, let’s look at how this therapeutic oil can lift your spirits:

1. Relieves stress
We live in a fast-paced world, where everyone goes through stressful situations for various reasons. Lavender oil has therapeutic properties that can calm and relax your body, thereby melting away your stress. A study published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand found that people who sniffed lavender oil experienced relaxation and lower stress levels.

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2. Lowers irritability
You might be PMSing or have just had a bad day — whatever be your reason for irritability, lavender essential oil can fix that for you. The refreshing aroma of lavender oil is known to soothe your senses and provide relief from stress. This, in turn, helps to elevate your mood, and you feel happy again!

3. Induces sleep
We all know how cranky we get, if we’re sleep-deprived! If you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep, it’s time to turn towards lavender. A study published in the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal has also confirmed that smelling lavender oil just before bedtime can improve the quality of sleep. The study also says that lavender oil lowers blood pressure, and can relax your muscles in no time!

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Sleep without a care in the world with the help of lavender oil. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Reduces headaches
In a 2013 study, it was found that inhaling the aroma of lavender oil can relax the nervous system, and reduce headaches. The study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative also confirmed that lavender oil is a great help when it comes to managing severe migraines! The research found a significant reduction in pain within 15 minutes of sniffing the oil.

5. Lowers anxiety
During this pandemic, anxiety has become a part of us. Whether it’s because of our health, or the future of relationships, everything makes our mind go into a tizzy. Though our anxious state stays for a short period of time, it can make you feel very uncomfortable. Since lavender oil calms the nerves, it can help to uplift your mood and relieve anxiety!

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Lavender essential oil can help you deal with anxiety better. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Please note…
People who have any cancer must avoid using lavender oil. For others, it’s time to embrace lavender essential oil, and enjoy its therapeutic benefits!

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.