Lavender & Cedarwood
Lavender essential oil has been used for thousands of years. It is known to induce relaxation, but what do the studies say? The aromatic terpenes readily pass through the blood brain barrier (same with all other essential oils) and help with issues like anxiety, sleeplessness, and even depression. Lavender is rich is the terpene linalool and linalyl acetate. Studies show that these two terpenes may be responsible for the anxiolytic effects. The parasympathetic tone is increased due to the inhibition of voltage-gated calcium channels and reduction of 5HT1a receptor activity. [PMID: 29955514] Inhaling the volatile plant compounds of lavender help alleviate anxiety. Cedar wood comes from a pine tree called cedrus atlantica. This essential oil seems to exhibit pain relieving effects in studies with mice. A study in 2015 found that cedar-wood essential oil activated descending pain modulation pathways in nervous tissue of mice that ultimately reduced pain due to the analgesic and anti inflammatory sedative effects of the oil. [PMID: 26344850]
Lavender is one of the most heavily researched essential oils on the planet. We are currently trying to find the best most up to date research regarding lavender! This blog will be updated shortly.
[PMID: 29955514] Malcolm BJ, Tallian K. Essential oil of lavender in anxiety disorders: Ready for prime time?. Ment Health Clin. 2018;7(4):147-155. Published 2018 Mar 26. doi:10.9740/mhc.2017.07.147