Lavandula angustifolia Aromatherapy to relieve anxiety
The scent of lavender has long been attributed to promoting relaxation, and there is a growing body of evidence to support this traditional practice. Studies indicate that inhaling lavender essential oil helps ease anxiety and improves feelings of calmness and well-being in a range of stressful situations, including dental waiting rooms and intensive-care units. Research also shows that lavender inhalation has the effect of reducing the body's production of the stress hormone Cortisol. 0 DOSAOE To enjoy the anti-anxiety effects of lavender, use a ratio of 4 drops lavender essential oil for every 10 ml carrier oil and massage into the shoulders and temples. Or, inhale the steam from 4 drops essential oil diluted in 20 ml hot water (for example, in an oil burner). You can also drink an infusion made from '/2 teaspoon (1 to 1.5 g) of the dried flowers twice a day, and again at bedtime.
• St. John's wort is known or suspected to interact with many pharmaceutical medications (including antidepressants, cardiovascular medicines and contraceptives), so consult your physician or pharmacist before taking It
• Depression is a serious condition and is not suitable for self-treatment. Do not stop taking prescribed antidepressants except under the advice and supervision of your doctor. A 2-week wash-out period is advised if you are switching from pharmaceutical antidepressants to St. John's wort
• Research into the use of St. John's wort in severe depression has not yet demonstrated safety or efficacy and so should be avoided unless medically prescribed. It should not be used by people with bipolar disorder.
4 weeks to develop. If there is no noticeable improvement after 6 weeks, this herb may not be suitable for you; consult your doctor.
• St. John's wort occasionally causes minor side effects (for example, gastrointestinal upset, headache). The most common of these is photosensitivity, a condition in which the skin becomes more prone to sunburn. Avoid sunbathing or prolonged sun exposure while taking St. John's wort and consult your doctor if you develop this symptom.
• Stop taking St. John's wort at least
2 weeks prior to undergoing surgery.
• Unless advised to do so by your doctor, do not take St. John's wort if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and do not give it to children.
• Do not ingest lavender essential oil and do not use it during pregnancy or breastfeeding, except under the advice of a healthcare professional.
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