Essential Oil Of Lavender In Anxiety Disorders: Ready For Prime Time?

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

by Benjamin J. Malcolm, PharmD, MPH1and Kimberly Tallian, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, FCCP, FCSHP2 - National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine

MrandMrsNurse's goal is to educate and disseminate as many valuable evidence based articles on the effectiveness of essential oils. There are numerous scientific studies and trials going on all over the world, and each week we will bring them to you. This one is a tremendous study on Lavender Oil and anxiety disorders...


"The favorable safety and efficacy profile of Standard Lavender Oil makes it a reasonable alternative to consider in patients with anxiety disorders".

Here are some highlights of the study (see link to article below)

  • A single observational pilot study in postpartum women with anxiety demonstrated reduced anxiety levels using a rose/lavender oil blend for 15 minutes twice weekly during the course of 4 weeks.

  • Lavender essential oil has been granted Generally Recognized as Safe status by the Food and Drug Administration (21CFR182.20 2015), which means that it is safe when used for its intended purpose as a food additive

  • Poisoning by lavender is uncommon

  • The Standard Lavender Oil product exhibits many desirable properties of an anxiolytic agent, including a calming effect without sedation, as well as a lack of dependence, tolerance, or withdrawal.

  • Evidence from multiple high-quality randomized trials suggests a role for Standard Lavender Oil in the treatment of anxiety disorders.


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