I use oral lavender frequently in my practice and have found it to be an extremely effective treatment for anxiety with the only side effect being lavender flavored burps!
The scent of lavender has long been thought to have calming, antianxiety effects, but the biological mechanism behind this phenomenon has been something of a mystery — until now.
Researchers in Japan found that the vaporized lavender compound linalool triggers a relaxing effect by directly stimulating olfactory sensory neurons.
For linalool to be used clinically in humans, the mechanism of linalool’s anxiolytic effects need to be established. Findings from a new study provide a “foundation towards clinical application of linalool odor for anxiety disorders,” the investigators write.
The study was published online October 23 in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.