Are you interested in using lavender for anxiety? You’ve probably seen the picture on social media of a woman lying in fields of lavender with the caption, “They told me to try lavender for my anxiety.”
While lying in a field of lavender isn’t likely to help you, this floral-smelling purple plant that is used in everything from soap to perfume has actually been proven to help reduce anxiety and nervous tension.
So if you’re hoping to use it to feel less anxious, you’re on the right track!
In a 2020 study examining the benefits of different forms of lavender for anxiety, it was shown that aromatherapy was best for short-term use, while oral lavender was best for longer-term use.
Whether you use lavender to create a relaxing atmosphere in your home, or to deal with your own anxiety, insomnia, and nervous tension, evidence suggests that it could help.
In addition, lavender has the added benefit that it doesn’t cause sedation (feeling sleepy), like some medicinal treatment for anxiety.
One downside to lavender (and all essential oils) is that they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
All this means is that you’ll want to make sure you are purchasing from a reputable source. I’m going to include a list of recommended products below, so you’ll know that you’re getting pure essential oil.
In addition, if you are planning to use lavender internally or on your skin, it may be wise to consult with your doctor. Some people can be allergic, so you may want to use a small amount at first (or do a patch test on your skin).
So, how exactly does lavender work?
It affects your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls things like your heart rate, breathing rate, and hormones that you secrete.
Of course, these are all things that are related to anxiety as well.
This means that lavender could help to slow down your heart rate, your breathing rate… and decrease the adrenaline flowing in your body when you get anxious.
If you choose to use aromatherapy, you’ll want to inhale for a minimum of 10 minutes for the best results.
Finally, if you purchase lavender essential oil, it should come in a dark amber bottle. Be sure to store it out of sunlight so that it does not degrade.
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Okay, now we get to the fun stuff!
Below are recommended products that you can purchase to get more lavender in your life.
Lavender & Mint Foot Lotion
This lavender and mint foot lotion is wonderful to slather on your feet before heading to dreamland. I own this lotion myself and love the light scent and moisturizing quality. I find the Freeman line of products to be both affordable and effective.
Lavender Dish Soap
If you need to do the dishes, you might as well inhale the lovely scent of lavender! Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap is a trusted product and the lavender version will make cleaning your dishes an aromatherapy session.
Lavender Essential Oil
Pure lavender essential oil can be used in many different ways. Some ideas include using a diffuser to disperse the scent in your home, putting some drops on an essential oil bracelet, and dabbing some oil directly on your skin.
Lavender Sleep Mask
Do you have trouble falling asleep at night or have a lot of anxiety when you try to sleep? Are you restless or tense at nighttime?
If so, then you might want to consider a lavender sleep/spa mask. These masks help to block out the light as well as provide the scent of lavender to help you relax. The one below is also weighted to add to your relaxation.
Lavender Linen and Room Spray
Lavender linen and room spray is perfect if you want to spritz your linens so they smell like lavender or spritz a room. This doesn’t create the same effect as a diffuser, but still provides the scent of lavender, which might be all that you need.
Lavender Scented Candle
Who wouldn’t love a beautiful lavender scented candle? Whether you keep this one for yourself or give it away, the lavender scent is sure to create a sense of serenity.
Lavender Reed Diffuser Set
Another alternative to running a diffuser is to use a reed diffuser set. While you can make your own reed diffusers, you can also purchase a ready-made diffuser like the one below.
Lavender Massage Oil
Are you interested in giving or receiving a massage using lavender oil? This can be an excellent way to relax and ease tension.
Unlike lotions, massage oil will go on smoothly and is meant to stretch a little further and make the massage a bit easier.
A rollerball is just an easier way of dabbing on lavender directly to your skin. Rollerballs include the essential oil along with a carrier oil, which makes it easy to just roll-on.
This one from Plant Therapy would be perfect to pop in your purse to pull out during anxious moments.
Are you a tea drinker? If so, you might want to try a lavender-infused tea.
The one below from Yogi is a honey lavender, which could be perfect for those nights when you can’t sleep and want something to relax you.
Lavender Bubble Bath
Are you going to be having a bath? Pick up a bottle of lavender bubble bath, and you can turn your regular bath into an aromatherapy escape.
This one from Dr. Tea includes Epsom salts, which can also help your anxiety.
If you’re looking for a longer-term solution, taking something like CalmAid could help.
This product contains Silexan, which is the ingredient used in clinical studies to test the effectiveness of oral lavender.
Oral lavender has been shown to be better than aromatherapy for long-term help.
Handmade Lavender Products
Finally, if you are interested in handmade lavender products, these best sellers from Etsy might be of interest.
- All Natural Travel Size Lavender Calm Balm
- Eucalyptus and Lavender Aromatherapy Shower Pouch
- Relaxing Aromatherapy Purple Butter Slime for Anxiety Relief
What do you think? Will you be adding any lavender products to your home? Or will you be giving one as a gift? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.