In a 2010 study, patients suffering from anxiety found that taking a lavender oil capsule improved the quality of their mental health and sleep, more so than in those who took a placebo. A separate 2009 study found that lavender oil capsules were as effective in treating anxiety as Lorazepam, a common anti-anxiety drug. Lavender oil also has a reputation for relaxing people when applied topically, as its scent is quite soothing.
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Lavender oil has many purported uses, including repelling insects, reducing acne, and calming nerves. 00:46
The chemical components of lavender have been refined into approved, low-dose anxiety-reducing treatments. 01:51
A drop of lavender oil may curb irritation caused by an insect sting or bite. 02:33