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Even if you’re new to essential oils, there are probably countless products in your home that contain lavender oil. Most of us enjoy lavender’s soothing scent and pretty purple hue, but our ancestors have been using it for medicinal purposes for over 3,000 years—and for good reason. “As many would attest, lavender is a calming scent, which can be useful in treating migraines, emotional stress, and even depression,” says Dr. Milosavljevic. One study published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice found that, in addition to alleviating symptoms of depression, taking 80 mg capsules of lavender daily has the potential to reduce anxiety and promote restful sleep. “It has a well-studied impact on the autonomic nervous system, which is why it serves as a natural treatment for insomnia that goes back generations,” adds Dr. Milosavljevic. She recommends placing a few drops on your pillow for best results. Here’s what happened when one woman tried using lavender oil for stress relief.
You’re probably already familiar with chamomile, the ancient medicinal herb that’s been hailed for its calming, relaxing, and sleep-inducing qualities for thousands of years. What many people don’t know is that Roman chamomile, the essential oil version, is much more potent and even easier to incorporate into your daily lifestyle than a cup of tea. In fact, one study, published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that an aromatherapy combination of the essential oils Roman chamomile, neroli, and lavender had more potential to reduce anxiety in patients in an intensive care unit than did conventional nursing.
No one can deny that the scent of a rose is calming and that the sight of one is incredibly romantic. And here’s how to grow your own roses. Now, imagine experiencing rose in its most potent form, AKA rose essential oil. Researchers have uncovered countless benefits of using rose oil, from clearing up skin blemishes and breakouts to reducing anxiety and depression. One study published in the Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice set out to determine the depression-improving abilities of rose oil by analyzing a group of 28 postpartum women and treating half of them with 15-minute lavender-rose infused aromatherapy session. The other half served as the control group. The group who received the aromatherapy treatment experienced significantly lower postnatal depression scores as well as lower scores for general anxiety disorder. Check out the amazing health benefits of aromatherapy.