Lavender Can Be a Safer Alternative to Drugs That Cure Anxiety

Lavender is used in almost everything from because scientists claim that its fragrance helps people to relax. They confirm that the smell of lavender really helps people to unwind. Researchers from Japan discover mice, when they expose themselves to the aroma of the flower, shows fewer signs of anxiety. The study even suggests that this purple colored shrub has the potential to a safe alternative to the anti-anxiety drugs or sleeping pills, Benzos. Benzodiazepines are linked with a number of side-effects. Lavender claims to calm patients down before undergoing any surgery. It is effective even for those, who struggle to take medicines like young children or elderly people. The scientists of the Kagoshima University analyzed if the smell of the vapourised lavender compound linalool helps mice to relax.

On the other hand, this effect was not noticed among rodents who do not have a  sense of smell. Thus, Linalool should trigger small signals that can lead to relaxation. This clearly contradicts previous theories, which suggested that linalool gets absorbed like the psychoactive drugs benzodiazepines. Benzos enter the bloodstream through the airways and then have a direct effect on brain cell receptors regarded as GABAARs. Still, earlier when one treated mice with the flumazenil drug, they did not experience any calming effect. The study was published in the journal named, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Dr. Kashiwadani explained the fact that on a combination, these results come up with a suggestion. It is that linalool does not directly act upon GABAA receptors just how Benzodiazepines do.

Kashiwadani believes that their study helps to open up a different possibility. That is, the relaxation that one noticed in mice when one feeds them with linalool can, in fact, due to the smell of the compound. He even goes on to say that further research is required to determine the safety and efficiency of linalool when it is taken through different routes. Kashiwadani further said that vaporized linalool can also turn out to be a safe alternative for patients. They can show the effect on all those, who have problems with oral or suppository administration of anxiolytics like infants.

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