The famous relaxing effects of lavender are real and can also be used medically to treat anxiety, suggesting new research.From…
The famous relaxing effects of lavender are real and can also be used medically to treat anxiety, suggesting new research.
From flowering gardens to aromatherapy oils and hot tubs, people have long maintained that lavender has calming and relaxing benefits.
And now scientists have confirmed that the smell of the purple plant really helps people to unwind.
So much that it could also be used to calm patients before surgery, as an alternative to sleeping tablets and to treat anxiety.
Researchers at Kagoshima University in Japan came to this conclusion after analyzing whether the smell of linalool, a fragrant alcohol found in lavender extract, helps the mouse to relax.
“In folk medicine, it has long been thought that odorants derived from plant extracts can alleviate anxiety,” co-author Dr Hideki Kashiwadani said.
“As in previous studies, we found that linalool odor has an anxiolytic effect [anti-anxiety] in normal mice.”
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In the United Kingdom, the NHS shows that one in 50 of us suffer from severe anxiety disorder (GAD), or persistent and irrational worry about everyday things
Trevor Turner, Consultant Psychiatrist: “I’m seeing yoga and meditation as self-induced relaxation and they help.”
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“Alcohol is a good anxiety disorder,” says Turner. “For me, at least two glasses of first-rate red wine one day are a very nice relaxed, but you have to be careful that you begin to need more and more to keep the release from anxiety and stop drinking much more
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Trevor Turner, Consultant Psychiatry: “I See Yoga and Meditation as Self-induced Relaxation, and They Help.”
“Alcohol is a good anxiety disorder,” Turner says. I am at least two glasses of first-rate red wine one day a very nice relaxed, but you have to be careful that you begin to need more and more to keep the release from anxiety and stop drinking much more than you should “
Unlike sedative drugs such as benzodiazepines, which may affect a person’s movement in the same way as alcohol, the researchers also noted that the lentil lentils did not affect the movement of the mouse at all.
However, they found that mice that had no odor connection did not suffer from the same anti-anxiety effects, indicating that relaxation in normal mice was indeed triggered by olfactory signals induced by linalool odor.
Further, the anti-anxiety effect disappeared from normal mice when pretreated with flumazenil, blocking GABAARS brain cells receptor-directed to benzodiazepines.
“When combined, these results indicate that linalool does not act directly on GABAA receptors as benzodiazepines do – but must activate them via nasal nerve sensory nerve cells to produce relaxing effects,” explains Kashiwadani. The study also opens the possibility that relaxation seen in mice fed or injected with linalool may actually depend on the smell of the compound radiated in their exhaled breath. “
The researchers argue that more studies are needed to establish safety and the efficacy of linalool administered through different pathways before a move to human trials.
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Despite this, they believe that the results lead us to the clinical use of linalool to relieve anxiety and stress.
The research is published in Boundary Boundaries .