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STUDY SUPPORTS RELAXING EFFECTS OF LAVENDER.

Scientists in Japan tested the anxiety relieving effects of lavender and published their results in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Researchers exposed mice to linalool vapor, one of the "terpene alcohols" that contributes to lavender's pleasant scent. The researchers then measured anxiety levels in the linalool-exposed mice using a series of tests and compared these results with those of mice who had not been exposed to linalool. This comparison showed lowered anxiety levels in the linalool-exposed mice. The researchers also directly injected mice with linalool but did not observe the same anxiety relieving effects. This led the researchers to believe that the relaxing effects of lavender are due to the activation of neurotransmitters via olfactory neurons. While lavender is used as a calming agent in alternative medicine settings, results from this recently published study provide further insight into the plant extract's presumed calming mechanisms, and strengthens the case for future use of lavender in clinical settings.

SOUECE: Harada H, Kashiwadani H, Kanmura Y, Kuwaki T. Unalool odor-induced anxiolytic effects in mice. Front Behav Neurosci. 23 October 2018.

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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
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Date:Dec 22, 2018
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