Just like with everything surrounding essential oils, there is a polarization of opinions coming from EVERYWHERE. For each piece of advice you receive, you can Google and have five articles stating the exact opposite is true. Usually with emphatic assuredness.
Ingest. Don't ingest!
Use on children. That's child abuse!
Essential oils are nature's medicine. It's all snake oil!
Therapeutic quality matters. Buy oils cheap online because they have "therapy" in the title!
...and on and on.
So while there is so much we do not yet know about the 'why' of essential oils: why do they work so well in the human body, why is the way the oil was grown & harvested effect the end therapeutic action, among so much more - there are some things that we do know.
As those wisest in the medical community adopt an integrative approach to medicine and health, we see more and more studies being conducted proving what aromatherapists and natural living enthusiasts have been shouting for decades - ESSENTIAL OILS WORK.
But what is the best way to use them?
A well studied and thorough examination of the history, research, comparison of different schools of thought, and practical experience will answer emphatically to all three methods of use - YES!
Circling back to the topical application of essential oils on the feet, you have what appears as two distinct groups advocating against application of oils on the feet: aromatherapists trained in the English model that rejects ingestion, much of topical use & focuses on inhalation; and those who want to discredit "mommy bloggers" and small business direct sales owners (ahem, women like me). In an attempt to simply dismiss some good reasons to apply essential oils to the bottom of the feet they basically say its all a myth from MLMs & stupid moms.
But what ARE the reasons you might want to use oils on the bottom of your feet?
The skin on the soles of the feet is less sensitive than the rest of the body, which makes it a great place to try out essential oils. Using diluted essential oils on the bottom of the feet allows them to be absorbed into the body with less chance of a reaction. This is also the perfect location for using “hot” essential oils. Hot essential oils are oils that are known to cause sensitivity in some people. These include some citrus essential oils, clove, oregano, cinnamon bark and peppermint.
A reduction in sensitivity is also a good reason to apply for children, who have more sensitive absorbent skin. Plus a way to avoid the scent of "stinky" oils. Don't like the way Melissa smells but want the medicinal benefits? Massage onto the bottom of the feet and feel awesome.
According to the ancient practice of reflexology, every nerve line in the body ends in your feet. Specialists in reflexology maintain that certain areas of the feet correspond to the body’s organs. Thus by applying essential oils to your feet, it’s possible that these oils may have a stronger, more beneficial effect on certain areas of the body.
Considering that reflexology has been shown to have significant, scientifically-proven benefits, this claim may have some legitimacy to it. For example, a study which used foot reflexology to treat patients with breast and lung cancer found that there was a marked decrease in both anxiety and pain. Another study found that ear, hand and foot reflexology resulted in “a significantly greater decrease in premenstrual symptoms for the women given true reflexology treatment than for the women in the placebo group.”
Feet soles don’t contain sebaceous glands
Along with the palms of your hands, the soles of your feet are the only part of your body which don’t contain sebaceous glands. Sebum essentially acts as a fatty barrier. For this reason, it can act as an impediment to the essential oils which you want to absorb into your body. The absence of sebum on the soles of your feet means they may be the perfect place to apply essential oils.
Religious & Spiritual Grounding
From a less scientific perspective of using essential oils in energy & spiritual work, what better way than to apply the Earths medicine than to the part of our body that is connected at almost all times to the Earth? Historically, the feet have been venerated by ancient cultures as an important part of the body in spiritual practices.
Religious figures had their feet massaged and anointed with essential oils. Those seeking spiritual growth, use of oils in mediative & yogic practices, as well as emotional release often use the bottom of the feet for application.
So what are the arguments against this method of application?
Reading through many articles and opinion blog posts on the topic, weeding through nearly all of them making some disparaging comment (or five) about moms who blog and run their own businesses while simultaneously raising the next generation of human beings ('You mean their not also biochemists in their free time?! Then they shouldn't share knowledge EVER that they've learned from doctors & aromatherapists! Get the torches!') the arguments are fairly basic to follow so I'll summarize...
There are MORE absorbent places on the body than the large pores on the bottom of the feet. Not that the feet cannot absorb the minuscule essential oil particles, but that there are better places. To me this is not an effective argument, because more absorbent sometimes is what causes sensitivity, especially in children and/or with hot oils. The genital area was actually mentioned by a prominent "doctor" (chiropractor turned essential oil online 'educator') as a better place to apply oils in response to the foot issue! Seriously. Yes, that area may absorb oils quickly - but at what cost?
Next they say the feet sweat, so therefore wash away essential oils. This hasn't been demonstrated or proven, but is their rebuttal argument to the issue of the feet lacking sebum & therefore have no fatty barrier to absorption. When anecdotal stories of people apply oils to their feet can taste the essence of the oil in their mouth within a half hour they claim that is simply accidental inhalation. Inhaling the oils form your covered feet so much so that you taste it. Seems a stretch to me, but you can decide for yourself.
One commentator (who claims to be a scientist) actually stated that because he didn't get drunk soaking his feet in vodka that proves essential oils aren't absorbed through the feet.
Finally in response to the reflexology (or VitaFlex points) benefit to applying oils to the bottom of the feet, because using pressure in applying the oils to certain spots on your feet isn't the EXACT same as a trained reflexologists methods it couldn't possibly do any good. Many simply dismiss reflexology full stop - so conveniently toss these two together as quackery. Again, this argument falls short. When there is no harm but potential for good - why the naysaying?
Personally I know it is just one of many successful ways our family has used therapeutic essential oils for years, and I have also coached hundreds of others who've done the same.
The great thing about using essential oils is it is actually really hard to do it WRONG, despite the fear mongering & hype so prevalent online. What I found most interesting about the naysayers is they never say this method doesn't work AT ALL, they just said it wasn't the BEST. Two very different things. And while admittedly anecdotal, just like thousands and thousands of others anecdotal stories you can read about - it works for me and mine.
As long as you haven chosen the proper essential oil company to serve your family, are familiar with proper dilution for the skin, do what works best for you and yours.
*There is no governing body that qualifies an essential oil as "therapeutic grade." Any such claims of "certification" are misleading marketing terms. So are the terms: 100% pure, all natural , certified pure therapeutic grade, among others. The only way to know the chemical constituents will be present in the oil you are purchasing is to trust the company you are buying from. NOT from them simply saying on their website "Before we sell an essential oil we do everything possible to establish that it is 100% pure, natural, AND of the highest quality, making it appropriate for use in aromatherapy" For example. Those words sound lovely, but have no concrete guarantee or meaning.
You need to have knowledge of how the seeds were selected (non-GMO, selected for quality), were the plants grown chemical free on virgin soil, were they harvested within the exact 24 hour period of peak use, were they properly distilled for the correct amount of time and at the right temperature, & finally were the oils tested with the most advanced laboratory technology in the world (both in house & 3rd party) and have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Read more about the strictest quality controls for therapeutic essential oils in the world HERE.
Why all the talk about essential oils?
Health benefits of essential oils
Because essential oils contain the concentrated healing powers of any given medicinal plant, they truly are a force to be reckoned with. Providing a short summary of all the benefits that the hundreds of essential oils provide is a difficult task, but here’s a start:
Learn more about essential oils here.
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The CDC has stated that by 2020, stress will be one of the most critical health issues for Americans.
While stress is a part of life, if it’s excessive and we don’t take proper steps to handle it in a healthy way, we can experience devastating effects on our health.
First, it’s very important to understand what happens in the body when it encounters too much stress.
The adrenal glands are the body’s emergency system. When the body is under chronic stress, the adrenals will send out cortisol into the bloodstream. Over time, this chronic cortisol output will weaken the endocrine system, liver, digestive system, the brain, slow down your thyroid, etc.
Here are some other things stress does to the body:
The good news is that essential oils can reduce stress almost immediately when inhaled or diffused!
Why is this? Because your sense of smell is directly connected to your emotional brain, so when you smell an essential oil it can immediately effect how you feel and reduce stress levels dramatically!
~Originally from Deliciously Organic
Did you know you can restore feelings and emotional health with Young Living Essential Oils?
There are many factors that can trigger depression, anxiety or any other emotional imbalance. These factors can be related to food allergies, pesticides, electromagnetic pollution, heavy metals, medications, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, and many other environmental influences, along with emotional traumas, and painful childhood memories. Young Living essential oils are a terrific way to address some of these factors and enjoy enhanced emotional health. If we ignore emotional health, it is very difficult to enjoy optimum physical health as they are closely interconnected. Ignoring this connection can be a significant contributor to physical illness and premature aging.
There are many ways to use the oils and enjoy a “rejuvenation” of “feeling” in all aspects of your life. Always follow usage directions on the labeling of each specific oil. Methods of using oils include:
Some Oils for Specific Emotional Issues:
Anger/Rage: bergamot, cedarwood, release, sacred mountain, roman chamomile, cypress, jasmine, valor, neroli, lavender, rosemary, ylang ylang.
Anxiety: basil, orange, clary sage, frankincense, juniper, mandarin, vetiver, marjoram, valor, peace and calming, citrus fresh, surrender
Depression: clove, eucalpytus, grapefruit, peppermint, rosemary, chamomile,valor, motivation, passion, brain power, present time
Life Transitions: black pepper, cypress
Fear: bergamot, cypress, myrrh, spruce, roman chamomile, geranium, valor, white angelica, trauma life,gratitude
Grief/sadness: cypress, jasmine, juniper, neroli, rose, sandalwood, tangerine, release, valor, inspiration, inner child, gathering, harmony, magnify your purpose
Shock: peppermint, idaho balsam fir, cardamom, frankincense, basil, rosemary, trauma life, clarity, 3 wise men, valor, harmony
TOP YOUNG LIVING “FEELING” OILS:
Trauma life-calming, grounding blend of therapeutic grade oils that may help release buried emotional trauma from accidents, death of loved ones etc.
Present time: An empowering blend that heightens the sense of “being in the moment”. Allows one to progress and improve in life.
Release: Combines uplifting and calming oils . Encourages a sense of peace and wellbeing, facilitates release of anger and frustration.
Sacred Mountain: Promotes feelings of strength and empowerment.
Valor: Works with both physical and spiritual aspects of the today. Increases feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem, in the face of adversity. (has also been called “chiropractor in a bottle”)
Peace and Calming: (and also lavender, stress away, etc) Gentle fragrant blend of oils that helps to calm tensions, and uplift the spirit. Promotes relaxation and encourages a deep sense of peace.
Palo Santo: Used for centuries in traditional folk medicine for depression and other emotional imbalances. Can be used to release negative energy.
Surrender: Formulated for dominant, overbearing personalities. helps recover equilibrium and restore inner calm.
Acceptance: Stimulates the mind. Helps overcome procrastination and denial.
Harmony: Promotes physical and emotional healing. encourages harmonic balance to the energy centers of the body.
Clarity: Promotes a clear mind and alertness. Has been used for years to stimulate mental vitality.
SARA: Specifically formulated for dealing with trauma of sexual/physical abuse.
Joy: An exotic blend of oils that enhance self-love, and joyfulness, and attracts love into one’s life.
Hope: Restores the vision of goals and dreams that may be suppressed or hindered y past traumatic experiences.
Original by Julian Sutter.
Young Living’s Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream provides cooling relief from minor muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. Our plant-based formula combines the power of Wintergreen essential oil with our exclusive Cool Azul essential oil blend. With two active ingredients, this cream provides pain-relieving benefits in two ways: methyl salicylate found in Wintergreen helps alleviate pain deep in the muscles and joints, and natural menthol found in Peppermint provides a cooling effect.
If you need relief without synthetic ingredients, Young Living’s pain relief cream is the answer!
Menthol (naturally found in Peppermint, a key ingredient in our Cool Azul essential oil blend), Methyl salicylate (naturally found in Wintergreen), Green tea extract, Organic aloe leaf juice.
Our Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream works on contact to immediately alleviate minor aches and pains, delivering full-strength, cooling relief that penetrates deep into muscles and joints.
Many pain relief creams are made with harsh chemicals and artifcial ingredients. That’s why we created Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream—for effective plant-based pain relief made with only naturally derived ingredients.
Methyl salicylate is a recognized active ingredient that provides relief from minor aches and pains and is a natural component of our pure Wintergreen essential oil. By combining methyl salicylate with natural menthol, our pain relief cream offers a unique topical analgesic infused with Young Living’s 100 percent pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and other plant-based ingredients for effective relief.
What Essential Oils are in Cool Azul Essential Oil Pain Relief Cream?
There are over thirteen different essential oils in this cream. They are listed below along with a brief description of each oil.
A 3-in-1 Powerful Blend
Muscle Performance Blend
The muscle performance blend assists with muscle building and muscle repair during and after exercise or activity.
The Recovery Performance Blend
The recovery performance blend helps to decrease the fatiguing of muscles.
The Hydration Performance Blend
The hydration performance blend helps to replace necessary minerals that may have been lost during exercise and activity.
AminoWise has complex of antioxidants and amino acids (amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins). Amino acids and proteins are the building blocks of life. Together amino acids and antioxidants work synergystically to reduce fatigue while improving muscle recovery during and after exercise. This complex antioxidant formula with minerals helps to reduce the amount of lactic acid produced by the muscles during the strain of exercise. (Lactic acid is formed when the body breaks down carbohydrates to use for energy when oxygen levels are low, like during times of intense exercise). The lactic acid is what causes muscle soreness. AminoWise was specially formulated to reduce muscle fatigue.
AminoWise helps to support muscles during and after exercise to enhance both recovery and performance.
The production of nitric oxide is supported which can improve vascular blood flow. It also contains branched chain amino acids, which may aid in the prevention of muscle catabolism from exercise. (Catabolism is the breakdown of complex molecules in living organisms to form simpler ones, together with the release of energy). AminoWise was formulated to support hydration by replenishing minerals lost during exercise such as magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium.
AminoWise is also a good source of Vitamin E and Zinc. It is formulated with the powerful antioxidant, wolfberry powder. It is flavored with lemon and lime essential oils. The best part is that it contains no preservatives, synthetic colors, dyes, or artificial flavorings. There is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners either.
How to Use AminoWise
Mix one (1) scoop in a shaker bottle with 8 fl. oz. water and consume during or after exercise. This supplement is a great addition to your healthy living routine.
D. Gary Young saw a need for an advanced amino supplement in our current product offering. AminoWise has been formulated with natural ingredients, and in addition to benefcial aminos found in the Muscle Performance blend, we have added a Hydration Mineral blend and Recovery blend for a three-component formula that helps fght fatigue and enhance performance. All this makes AminoWise more than just a branched chain amino acid supplement—it’s an advanced, targeted workout essential to aid in recovery and hydration during and after your hardest workout.
BENEFITS AND FEATURES
• Helps support muscles during and after exercise to help fght fatigue and enhance recovery.
• Lessens fatigue and enhances muscle recovery during and after exercise.
• Reduces lactic acid induced by exercise through complex blend of antioxidants and minerals.
• Helps support the production of nitric oxide which can improve vascular blood fow. • Contains branched chain amino acids which have been shown to aid in preventing muscle catabolism from exercise.
• Supports hydration by replenishing important minerals lost during exercise.
• Provides a good source of Vitamin E and zinc
• Formulated with wolfberry powder
• Flavored with Lemon and Lime essential oils
• Contains no preservatives, synthetic colors, or artificial favors
• Contains no added sugar or artificial sweeteners
It's that time of year when the sniffles, aches, colds and germs are flying around. I've got some tips today to help you and your family stay healthy and happy during the fall and winter season.
10 Ways to Use Essential Oils, Real Food and Detox During Cold and Flu Season:
Want to learn more about how EASY it is to stay healthy all year long? Click HERE.
💜 Treat yourself with DIYs that beautify & pamper 💜
TOP FIVE 2017 DIYs FROM YOUNG LIVING
You don’t need to spend a fortune on glamour products to enjoy life’s little luxuries. With a few Young Living essential oils and some simple ingredients, you can enjoy all-natural beauty products that work.
Here are five DIYs you can indulge in, without the guilt.
DIY Perfume with Essential Oils
Looking for a perfume that’s “just you”? Learn how to blend essential oils to create that scent that matches your personality—from earthy and floral to bright and energetic.
Lavender-Oatmeal Bath Soak
After a long day, a rejuvenating soak in the bath can be just the thing. Try our DIY featuring Tea Tree, Lavender, and Frankincense for a bath soak that softens and relaxes.
Pollutants in the environment damage and dry skin, so the last thing you need is lotion loaded with even more harsh chemicals. Instead, make your own with Lemon, Lavender, and other nourishing ingredients.
Makeup Setting Spray
Go from the office to dinner date—no touch-ups needed. Made with just three inexpensive ingredients, our easy DIY setting spray keeps your makeup fresh all day.
Everybody gets bedhead every now and again—and nobody likes brushing out those knots. Tame those wild tresses with this gentle DIY hair detangler and conditioner.
Nature's Alternative To Anxiety and Sleep Drugs Is A Flower.
Written By: Linda Woolven & Ted Snider
Originally posted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2017
Lavender is not only beautiful but one of the most medically useful essential oils. Recent research is proving its power and versatility to provide effective and safe alternatives to pharmaceuticals for common physical and psychological challenges.
Lavender: Relaxed & Alert
A remarkable feature of lavender is that it can simultaneously relax you and wake you up. A review of studies on lavender concluded that scenting a room with lavender essential oil can improve feelings of well being, sleep and alertness while decreasing aggression and anxiety (Psychother Res 2002).
This incredible ability of lavender to promote relaxation and alertness simultaneously has been noticed before. In a 1998 study, people given lavender had increased drowsiness, less depression and were more relaxed, but also performed math calculations quicker and more accurately (Int J Neurosci). Another study found that lavender oil made people feel both more active and fresher and more relaxed compared to a placebo oil. The lavender also significantly lowered their blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature (J Med Assoc Thai 2012;95(4):598-606).
Insomnia, Depression & Anxiety
A small but promising study found that inhaling lavender essential oil is as effective as tranquilizers in helping elderly people with insomnia sleep (Lancet 1995;346:701).
A double-blind study included 170 people who suffered from restlessness, anxiety, tension, and insomnia. Some were given a placebo; others were given 80mg capsules of lavender essential oil. At the end of the 10 week study, people taking the lavender oil improved their anxiety more than those taking the placebo, according to the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAMA). The lavender group’s scores improved from 25.5 to 13.7 while the placebo group improved from 26.5 to 16.9: a significant difference. 48.8% of the lavender group responded versus 33.3% of the placebo group. 31.4% of people on lavender achieved remission from anxiety versus 22.6% on the placebo. Side effects in the 2 groups were comparable, and the lavender—unlike antianxiety drugs—did not cause drowsiness (European Neuropsychopharmacology 2015;doi: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2015.07.024).
A review of 4 controlled studies of seniors confirmed that lavender essential oil is significantly better than a placebo at reducing anxiety (Wien Med Wochenschr 2015;165(11-12):217-28).
Not only is lavender oil better than a placebo for reducing anxiety, it is as good as the strongest drugs. Lavender oil capsules were compared to the benzodiazepine lorazepam in a 6 week study of people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The results were the same for both treatments: lavender produced a 45% improvement on the HAMA and lorazepam produced a 46% improvement. Unlike benzodiazepines, the lavender oil was safe, non-sedating and non-addictive (Phytomed 2010;17(2):94-9). Lavender oil is also more effective and safer than the SSRI paroxetine for GAD (Int J Neuropsychopharmacol 2014;17(6):859-869).
Lavender can also compete with antidepressant drugs. People suffering from depression were given 60 drops of lavender tincture and a placebo or 100mg of the antidepressant drug imipramine and a placebo or 60 drops of lavender and 100mg of imipramine. After 4 weeks, all 3 groups improved significantly. The group taking both imipramine and lavender experienced a significantly greater improvement than those taking either treatment alone, suggesting that people on imipramine may be able to reduce their dose of the drug--and, therefore, its side effects--by adding lavender (Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 2003;27(1)123-7).
And what if you suffer from anxiety and depression? When people with Mixed Anxiety & Depressive Disorder were given 80mg of lavender oil or a placebo for 70 days in a double-blind study, scores on the HAMA dropped significantly more in the lavender group: 10.8 points versus 8.4. Depression scores also dropped significantly more in the lavender group: 9.2 points versus 6.1. People on lavender had better clinical outcomes and better improvement in daily living skills and quality of life (Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2016;26:331–40).
Lavender & Old Age
Many elderly people with dementia manifest agitated behaviour that interferes with daily activities. In a study of people with severe dementia and agitated behaviour, their long stay unit was diffused with lavender essential oil or water. With the lavender, 60% did better than they did with the placebo (Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2002;17:305-8).
And when 70 people with dementia--44 of them with Alzheimer’s--and significant agitation were given lavender essential oil or a placebo oil in diffusers on either side of their pillow while they were sleeping, the agitation decreased significantly in the lavender group, but not at all in the placebo group (Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2007;22:405-10).
Lavender & Relationships
In one of the most unusual studies we’ve seen, lavender aromatherapy was shown to improve people’s trust in each other. 90 people played what is known as The Trust Game. Different groups played it in 3 different rooms: one was lavender scented, one was peppermint scented and one was unscented. Trust scores were significantly higher in the lavender group than in the peppermint group or the placebo group (Front Psychol 2015;5:1486).
Lavender, Mothers & Babies
After giving birth, many new mothers struggle with poor sleep quality. That struggle to sleep is not only frustrating, it can also contribute to depression and lack of concentration that can affect the mothers’ ability to perform the tasks of daily life. So, a study looked at 158 women who had recently given birth and who had a sleeping disorder. 4 drops of either a 10% lavender essential oil in a sesame seed oil carrier or the sesame seed oil alone were placed on a cotton ball beside their pillow. The women inhaled the aroma in 10 deep breaths before bedtime for 4 consecutive nights a week for 8 weeks. By the end of the study, the improvement in sleep quality was significantly better in the lavender group than in the placebo group (Iran Red Crescent Med J 2015;e25880).
Anxiety, stress and depression during pregnancy can have a negative effect on the health of both mother and child. Researchers asked 141 healthy pregnant women to rub either a placebo cream or a lavender cream onto their legs for 10 to 20 minutes an hour and a half before going to bed in a double-blind study. The lavender cream contained 1.25% lavender essential oil. At the end of the 8 week study, there was significant improvement in anxiety, stress and depression in the lavender group compared to the placebo group. By the end of only the fourth week, there was already significant improvement in stress and anxiety (J Caring Sci 2015;4:63-73).
As for labour itself, a single-blind study of 120 pregnant women shows that inhalation of lavender essential oil significantly reduces labour pain compared to a placebo (Complement Ther Clin Pract 2016;25:81-86).
And a controlled study found that babies given abdominal massage with diluted lavender oil spend significantly less time crying from colic (Int J Nurs Practl 2012;18(2):164-169).
Lavender & Hormonal Problems
A double-blind study found that lavender aromatherapy significantly reduces hot flashes when given to menopausal women for 20 minutes twice a week for 12 weeks. The women in the lavender group had 10.58 hot flashes a week compared to 19.7 a week in the placebo group (J Chin Med Assoc 2016;79(9):489-492).
Lavender aromatherapy may also offer help to women suffering from PMS (Biopsychosoc Med 2013;31;7(1):12) and painful periods (Pain Manag Nurs 2012;13(4):236-40). When 80 women used a lavender essential oil aromatherapy massage during the first days of menstruation, there was a significant decrease in menstrual pain 30 minutes later compared to a placebo oil massage (Iran J Nurs Midwifery Res 2015;20(1):156-60).
Lavender & the Hospital
Lavender’s soothing properties can also help soothe pain: specifically post-operative pain. A study included 50 people who had just undergone open-heart surgery. Some of them received oxygen through a breathing face mask for 15 minutes and some of them had 2% lavender essence in an olive oil carrier mixed in with the oxygen. At each time after the 15 minute intervention the people were tested—5 minutes, 30 minutes and 60 minutes—the lavender group had significantly less severe pain (Adv Biomed Res 2015;4:127).
Patients in hospitals often suffer from pain, nausea and anxiety that require treatment. But those treatments have side effects and are often ineffective. In an uncontrolled study, patients given lavender aromatherapy had reductions in anxiety (Complement Ther Med 2016;25:164-169). In patients about to undergo open-heart surgery, inhaling lavender oil reduced anxiety by 10% more and decreased cortisol by 69.9% more than inhaling a water placebo, again showing its antianxiety properties (Iran J Nurs Midwifery Res 2016;21(4):397-401). Other research has also shown that lavender aromatherapy can significantly reduce stress and the pain from inserting a needle (J Altern Complement Med 2011;17(9):823-826).
Finally, a group of 60 coronary artery disease patients in ICU who inhaled lavender essential oil had significantly improved sleep quality and anxiety compared to a control group (Nurs Crit Care 2017;22(2):105-112).
About the authors: Linda Woolven and Ted Snider are the authors of several books on natural health and of the natural health newsletter, The Natural Path.
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Written By: Dr. Eric L. Zielinski