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The Benefits Of Lavender For Depression


In my previous article I discussed the use of aromatherapy oils for the treatment of depression.  This article will focus on one of those oils for the treatment of depression, Lavender.  This article will describe the specific benefits of Lavender oil for the depression.

Improves Mood And Supports Brain Health

According to, it can be noted that Lavender oil helps improve mood and supports brain health for the treatment of depression.  According to, the following information has been noted about using Lavender oil for the treatment of depression:

Traditionally, lavender has been used to treat neurological issues like migraines, stress, anxiety, and depression so it’s exciting to see that the research is finally catching up to history. Just last November, for instance, an evidence-based study was published by the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice. The study found that supplementing with 80 mg capsules of lavender essential oil alleviates anxiety, sleep disturbance and depression. Another study published in 2012 took 28 high-risk postpartum women and found that by diffusing lavender in their home they had a significant reduction of postnatal depression and reduced anxiety disorder after a four-week treatment plan of lavender aromatherapy. To relieve stress and improve sleep, put a diffuser by your bed and diffuse oils while you sleep at night or in the family room while you’re reading or winding down in the evening.  Also, can be rubbed topically behind your ears for the same benefits.

Lavender Oil Benefits Headaches

In addition to helping with mood and brain health, Lavender oil also helps improve the physiological symptoms associated with depression, including headaches.  According to, the following can be noted:

There are millions of people around the world who struggle with both tension headaches and migraine heartaches who are searching for a natural alternative to drugs. According to new medical research, lavender oil may just be that natural cure they are looking for. According to a study published in the European Journal of Neurology people struggling with migraine headaches saw a significant reduction in pain when they inhaled lavender oil for 15 minutes.


This article has provided readers with the benefits of using Lavender oil for the treatment of depression.  Lavender oil smells great but also is quite beneficial as well.  To be specific, Lavender oil supports mood and brain health.  In addition, Lavender oil also helps prevent the physiological symptoms associated with depression such as headaches.  Give it a try.


The Benefits Of Lavender For Depression

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). The Benefits Of Lavender For Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 25, 2020, from


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