Lavender is renowned for its ability to soothe the mind and promote relaxation. It has been used in this way for thousands of years and is probably one of the most widely used forms of herbal medicine. There is now a growing body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of lavender in many neurological and psychological disorders.
There are many studies confirming Lavender's effectiveness in treating generalised anxiety disorder. One study found treatment with lavender reduced symptoms associated with generalised anxiety disorder as effectively as widely used pharmaceutical lorazepam with much fewer side effects.
Lavender has also been found to be an effective anti-depressant. Studies have also shown when lavender is used alongside pharmaceutical anti-depressants improvements are seen more quickly and with less side effects than with us of pharmaceuticals alone.
There is also significant evidence confirming lavender can reduce pain. Studies have found it effective in reducing pain is dysmenorrhea, post-surgery pain, lower back pain, neck pain and migraine headaches.
It seems lavender can also boost cognitive performance, in one fascinating study the unconscious perception of the scent of lavender significantly lowered rate of errors made in the mathematical and letter counting tests.
But how does lavender actually achieve all these amazing effects on the mind and body?
One way lavender works is by increasing dopamine levels. A recent study illustrated lavender administration changed the expression of receptors in the brain, significantly increasing the amount of dopamine receptors expressed. Dopamine plays a vital role in modulating emotion and cognition and dysfunction in dopamine receptors has been confirmed in mood disorders, attention-deficit disorder, Parkinson's disease and others.
Lavender has also been shown to act on the limbic system. The limbic system plays a role in emotion, memory, learning and behaviour. It is considered to be the emotional centre of the brain and the part that feels and reacts in contrast to "thinking" part of the brain.
You can find lavender in our love & light formula, which has been specially formulated to offer nervous system support and give you strength through stressful and painful periods of life.
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