Lavender Essential Oil Capsule Studied for Anxiety Relief

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Lavender Flowers, Source of Lavender Essential Oil

Here’s a post from Pubmed.gov, placebo-controlled ingestion of 80mg (about 2 drops) of lavender essential oil daily for anxiety relief and improved sleep (when sleep issues and anxiety are related).

Really, the study verifies the anti-anxiety and sleep supportive nature of Lavender essential oil in general, as lavender oil both diffused and topically applied are absorbed in the bloodstream. Though it’s interesting you don’t have to smell it to work.

Title: Silexan, an orally administered Lavandula oil (lavender essential oil) preparation, is effective in the treatment of ‘subsyndromal’ anxiety disorder: a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial.

Source
International Clinical Psychopharmacology, 2010 Sep;25(5):277-87.
Kasper S, Gastpar M, Müller WE, Volz HP, Möller HJ, Dienel A, Schläfke S.
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Abstract

This study was performed to investigate the anxiolytic efficacy of silexan, a new oral lavender oil capsule preparation, in comparison to placebo in primary care. In 27 general and psychiatric practices 221 adults suffering from anxiety disorder not otherwise specified (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders-IV 300.00 or International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth revision F41.9) were randomized to 80 mg/day of a defined, orally administered preparation from Lavandula species or placebo for 10 weeks with visits every 2 weeks. A Hamilton Anxiety Scale (HAMA) total score >or=18 and a total score >5 for the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) were required. The primary outcome measures were HAMA and PSQI total score decrease between baseline and week 10. Secondary efficacy measures included the Clinical Global Impressions scale, the Zung Self-rating Anxiety Scale, and the SF-36 Health Survey Questionnaire. Patients treated with silexan showed a total score decrease by 16.0+/-8.3 points (mean+/-SD, 59.3%) for the HAMA and by 5.5+/-4.4 points (44.7%) for the PSQI compared to 9.5+/-9.1 (35.4%) and 3.8+/-4.1 points (30.9%) in the placebo group (P<0.01 one-sided, intention to treat). Silexan was superior to placebo regarding the percentage of responders (76.9 vs. 49.1%, P<0.001) and remitters (60.6 vs. 42.6%, P=0.009). Lavandula oil preparation had a significant beneficial influence on quality and duration of sleep and improved general mental and physical health without causing any unwanted sedative or other drug specific effects. Lavandula oil preparation silexan is both efficacious and safe for the relief of anxiety disorder not otherwise specified. It has a clinically meaningful anxiolytic effect and alleviates anxiety related disturbed sleep.

And who knows what it can do for specified anxiety disorders?

 

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5 Responses to Lavender Essential Oil Capsule Studied for Anxiety Relief

  1. Apurv Majumdar says:

    Is it possible that the Lavendar oil be consumed through the mouth instead of taking it in capsules? If yes how many drops? Does Ananda apothecary prepare such Lavender oil which can be orally consumed?

    • Eric@Ananda says:

      Yes, it seems reasonable. Though I would consider putting in a cellulose capsule simply to slow the absorption.

  2. Yolanda says:

    Would you have to use caution ingesting lavender essential oil due to the method obtain the lavender?

    • Eric@Ananda says:

      Hi ~ As long as you’re aware of what dosage is proper, there’s no problem with ingesting lavender essential oil. It is approved by the FDA as a food flavoring!

  3. Research has been demonstrating the benefits of simple inhalation of lavender to reduce anxiety. It is a fantastic step to have now comparative study of Lavendula capsules versurs Lorazepan:

    Phytomedicine. 2010 Feb;17(2):94-9. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2009.10.006. Epub 2009 Dec 3.
    A multi-center, double-blind, randomised study of the Lavender oil preparation Silexan in comparison to Lorazepam for generalized anxiety disorder.
    Woelk H, Schläfke S.
    Source
    Surgery for psychiatry and psychotherapy, Buseck-Beuern, Germany.

    Thanks for this blog, propagation of this information is crucial

    Claudie Gordon Pomares

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