Contemporary life has become very stressful for most of the people around the world. Most of the people worry all the time about their work, mortgages, health, future, family, friends, and the list cannot end. Because of all of these reasons, sometimes it is very difficult to lead normal everyday life. Sometimes people worry without any rational reason for it which may cause anxiety thereby not being able to perform even their normal activities.
Anxiety has become the most common mental disorder which affects people all around the world, especially in U.S. where approximately 6.8 million adults suffer from generalized anxiety disorder.
Women are more susceptible to this mental disorder than men. It usually occurs in the adolescence period and its symptoms seem to intensify over time.
Due to neurochemical imbalance in the body like lack of serotonin or dopamine, depression and anxiety may also occur.
The most common symptoms of anxiety in women:
- Aches, muscle tension and frequent body pains
- Non-realistic perception of current problems
- Constant worrying about everyday tasks
- Nausea and stomach pains
- Not being able to relax
- Easily provoked and being on the “edge”, restlessness
- Not being to swallow
- Not being able to concentrate
- Frequent urges to go to the bathroom
- Mood swings and irritability
- Depression symptoms
- Twitching or trembling
- Lightheadedness or short of breath
- Frequent headaches
- Not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep
Usually these conditions are treated with benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax, and Ativan.
However, these pills are chemicals that can cause addictions developing additional psychological and physical distress, and when the pills need to be quit,withdrawal symptoms appear.
Likewise, there are other antidepressants for treating chronic anxiety or panic attacks like Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, Effexor, and Prozac which are not 100% successful causing additional severe adverse effects.
There is always a natural substitute for the prescribed drug in this case is lavender which is extremely effective herb in the natural treatment of anxiety. Many researchers have proven this, even in the journal Phytomedicine there was a released study which showed that lavender oil is as effective as the pharmaceutical drug lorazepam (Ativan). Moreover, the oil has no addiction symptoms and no sedative effects.
Likewise, other conducted studies have also stated the beneficial effects of lavender oil concerning anxiety, like:
- It efficiently aids painful and inflammatory conditions, also in joint pain and migraines.
- Effectively treats depression signs.
- It alleviates nervousness, restlessness, and insomnia.
- Likewise, it is very helpful for dementia-related agitation.
Use of Lavender Oil for Treating Nervousness and Anxiety symptoms
Preparation: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of whole, dried flowers to a cup of boiling water, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. After that, before consuming it strain it or use a tea infuser.
Lavender leaves and flowers are easily found in liquid form. You can also prepare a relaxing bath including 6 drops of lavender oil extract or 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dried lavender flowers.
The intake of the lavender oil can be orally, yet most of the time it is difficult to find lavender oil capsules in the health food stores. However, you can find Lavela WS 1265 at online stores on retail basis.
NOTE: You need to consult your doctor for the proper dosage. Be aware that capsules should not be given to children.
Precautions: If you are on any prescribed medications first consult your doctor before you start to use this oil. Also, if it is mixed with pharmaceutical medications like some antidepressants, benzodiazepines: Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Valium; narcotics such as codeine; in case of aromatherapy; the oral use of lavender oil may lead to drowsiness.
Other sources included: