19. Lavender Oil
Did you know that just by inhaling the scents of lavender oil could assist in relieving tension headaches? Believe it or not, this oil has been found extremely useful in reducing the symptoms of stress. Lavender (scientific name: Lavandula angustifolia) is one of the most versatile essential oils. It is well admired for its calming and relaxing effects. It is used for cleaning the cuts, skin irritations, and bruises. The aroma is relaxing, balancing, and calming — both emotionally and physically. So, if you are someone, who is stressed most of the time, carrying a small bottle of this essential oil could be of great help. To try the remedy, follow the steps given below:
- Step 1: Take three drops of lavender oil and one bowl of water.
- Step 2: Boil the water for ten minutes.
- Step 3: Put three drops of lavender oil in water.
- Step 4: Inhale the mixture.
- Step 5: Repeat for 2 to 3 times in a day.
Alternate Method: Add two drops of lavender oil with the same amount of olive oil and make a mixture. Rub this on your forehead.
How Does This Work?
The high percentage of esters (linalyl acetate) present in lavender essential oil is known to possess sedative and anti-inflammatory properties. This method is best suited for the evening hours. The other components to make a mark are coumarin compounds. They can assist in dilating or opening up of blood vessels thus reducing the symptoms of anxiety and stress. During steam distillation, linalyl acetate is distilled by steam to form linalool, which is effective in reducing symptoms of stress.
Lavender Oil Is Not Good, If:
- You have to undergo surgery in the next two weeks. It might slow down your central nervous system largely.
- You feel like vomiting. The scents of this oil can worsen it.
- You are consuming it. It can be poisonous. The remedy is only meant for external application and not for consumption.
- You are taking anti-depressants. It might make you sleepier because lavender causes relaxation; thus, making the medication effects stronger.
Passionflower has been found to reduce symptoms of stress as well as anxiety by medical research. Scientifically known as, Passiflora incarnta, passionflower might offer relief from health issues like insomnia and nervousness. It boosts the brain and eliminates the chemical named GABA (known to lower the brain activity). Also, it aids in a healthy, good night sleep. During a research, participants who consumed passionflower herbal tea for more than 7 days experienced improvements in their sleep quality. But, the benefits turned out to be of short-term; hence, it may be highly useful to people, who have mild sleep problems. Follow the steps given below to try a remedy using passionflower.
- Step 1: Take half tablespoon of dried passionflower leaves and one cup of water.
- Step 2: Take a small bowl and mix the ingredients listed above.
- Step 3: Allow the mixture to boil at medium heat and then allow it to simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Step 4: Finally, pour the mixture into a large tea mug after straining the tea and sip slowly.
How Does This Work?
There are many flavonoids, which can reduce anxiety and stress, but two of the primary components are chrysin and benzoflavone. These two enhance the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the human brain. They limit the excitability of the neurons and give a calming effect.
Passionflower Is Not Good, If:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding a baby.
- You are in medication for surgery. This flower can disrupt the central nervous system, and complications may arise in anaesthesia. Stop using this method two weeks before surgery.