The 10 Best Supplements for Managing Anxiety

By Hannah de Gruchy / Lifestyle / January 23rd, 2023

5. Lavender Oil

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It’s hard to escape the fact that lavender is relaxing. Most of us have had a gentle massage using lavender essential oil or have used an oil burner to fill our homes with its floral, woody, aromatic perfume. It isn’t to everyone’s taste but on the whole, lavender helps to relax us and calm our moods, without having a sedative effect.

Lavender oil contains compounds that have a known effect on the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the part of the nervous system that has control over our breathing rate, our heart rate and the release of certain hormones – all aspects that are associated with anxiety; when we’re feeling anxious, we tend to breathe faster, have a faster heart rate and experience a spike in the hormone adrenaline. Lavender oil capsules (as opposed to the smell of the oil alone) can help to bring the body back to a neutral, non-anxious state by slowing down our heart and breathing rates and adrenalin production.

A different study found that even breathing in lavender essential oil can have a positive effect on acute, short-term anxiety before a nerve-wracking event such as surgery.

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