Soothing Stress Support with Lavender Oil
Lavandula angustifolia (formerly known as L. officinalis) is the most common species of lavender used to support health. Lavender is a staple in aromatherapy and is also available orally as a standardized lavender oil extract (SLO). Lavender is known for its relaxing fragrance and has been used historically to support sleep, stress management, and mood. Over the past several years, research interest in SLO has been increasing.
A 2017 review published in The Mental Health Clinician journal evaluated several double blind and randomized controlled trials using SLO in a variety of populations. The researchers concluded that the SLO product exhibited many desirable properties including a calming effect without sedation, as well as a lack of dependence, tolerance, or withdrawal. According to a 2017 review published in Frontiers of Pharmacology regarding SLO mechanisms of action, researchers found that the compounds in lavender essential oil have affinity for the glutamate NMDA-receptor and are also able to bind to the serotonin transporter (SERT). The researchers conclude that the active health-supporting properties of lavender oil come from modulation of the NMDA-receptor and inhibition of SERT.
Stress-related conditions are a common reason many patients see their integrative practitioner. Standardized lavender oil extract as a dietary supplement and/or lavender aromatherapy may be frontline products to consider for patients desiring stress or mood support.
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