Nowadays, our lives have become more and more stressed as we tend to worry a lot about our future, health, family, etc. Often times, due to stress, we become anxious and overthink about a lot of things without any particular reason, which can easily into severe anxiety.
Globally speaking, but especially in the USA, anxiety disorder is the most common mental disease. Hence, around 6.8 million adults struggle with this condition. Moreover, women are more prone to anxiety than men. Usually, the condition occurs in the adolescence period and the symptoms increase as time passes by.
In a lot of cases, depression and anxiety occur as a consequence of neurochemical imbalance in the body, like decrease in serotonin or dopamine. Let’s take look at the most common symptoms of this condition:
- Unrealistic perception of problems
- Body ache, muscle tension
- Worrying about simple tasks
- Stomach ache
- Inability to relax
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood swings
- Excessive sweating
- Depression symptoms
- Shortness of breath
The conventional treatment for anxiety includes Xanax, Valium, and Ativan. However, the problem with these medications is that they come with serious side effects, like addiction. Often times, patients develop psychological and physical distress, withdrawal symptoms, etc. Sometimes, the treatment of chronic anxiety or panic attacks is treated with antidepressants like Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, which aren’t always beneficial.
In fact, they’re known to cause severe adverse affects. However, numerous researchers in the field of treating depression and anxiety claim that lavender is a very effective herb in treating these conditions. According to a study published in the journal Phytomedicine, lavender oil was as effective as the pharmaceutical drug lorazepam. Moreover, lavender oil has no side effects.
Additionally, a lot of other studies have confirmed the positive sides of lavender oil regarding anxiety. For example, it’s very beneficial in treating depression symptoms, it eases restlessness, insomnia, and nervousness, helps in case of dementia-related agitation, soothes inflammatory and painful conditions like migraines and joint ache.
Add 2 tbsp of whole, dried flowers to one cup of boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. Next, strain the tea before drinking it.
Add 6 drops of lavender oil extract or ¼ cup of dried lavender flowers to your bath water. You can also take the oil orally.
Important to know
Always consult your physician before you begin any treatment. Also, when combined with medications like antidepressants or narcotics like codeine, oral use of lavender and aromatherapy might cause drowsiness.