Lavender’s Antianxiety Effects Are Real 07105

Lavender’s Antianxiety Effects Are Real

The scent of lavender has long been thought to have calming, antianxiety effects, but the biological mechanism behind this phenomenon has been something of a mystery — until now.
Researchers in Japan found that the vaporized lavender compound linalool triggers a relaxing effect by directly stimulating olfactory sensory neurons.
For linalool to be used clinically in humans, the mechanism of linalool’s anxiolytic effects need to be established. Findings from a new study provide a “foundation towards clinical application of linalool odor for anxiety disorders,” the investigators write.
The study was  published online  October 23 in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.

via Blogger