Lavender Aromatherapy

      Aromatherapyis the practice of using herbs, flowers, and the essential oils extracted from them for healing, relaxing, & balancing the mind, spirit, & body.

Smell is one of our most powerful senses.

What we smell can have a profound impact on how we feel.

Lavenderis a natural remedy used for a variety of common ailments ranging from anxiety, headaches, to insomnia, and mild depression.


  It has been shown in many research studies that lavender can ease stress, induce relaxation, refresh, and invigorate.

It is often referred to as a mood balancing herb that possesses a sedative and calming effect.

 

To create Lavender Essential Oil, the plants are harvested when in full bloom and the flower tops are then steam distilled to release and produce the essential oil.

The oil in lavender’s small, blue violet flowers gives the herb its fragrant scent.

Simply inhaling Lavender Essential Oil releases neurochemicals in the brain that lets you experience physiological change in body, mind, & spirit.

       

 

 How Lavender Works

The limbic lobe is a complex set of three C-shaped structures containing both gray & white matter.  It lies deep within the brain and includes portions of all the lobes of the cerebral hemispheres.

 
   
A myriad of fiber tracts connect the limbic lobe with numerous deep nuclei and the olfactory apparatus to form the limbic system (which is associated with emotion & motivation).
   

As the lavender fragrance is inhaled and enters the limbic loops (via the entorhinal cortex of the parahippocampal gyrus), the limbic system has a direct influence on neuroendocrine, autonomic, and behavior mechanisms.

(R)-(-)-linalool is the main component of lavender and has a sedative effect on moods and autonomic nerve activity.

When lavender is inhaled, serotonin is released from the raphe nucleus of the brain, producing a calming influence in the body.

Serum cortisol significantly decreases after lavender aromatherapy.

 


Lavender History
One of the earliest recorded claims of Lavender oil’s therapeutic qualities comes from the nineteenth century when tuberculosis and infection was rampant in France. It was found that people working in the lavender fields of Provence were far less likely to succumb to infection and respiratory ailments, such as tuberculosis which was virtually unknown in the area. This discovery led to the first clinical tests in 1887 which were to prove the antibacterial properties of lavender essential oil.

Aromatherapy came to North America from Europe and today, Lavender oil has been proven to alleviate anxiety and to enhance our sense of well being.

Dr. Taras finds Lavender aromatherapy a very useful holistic therapy that helps patients relax naturally.