Lavender and Anxiety

Thursday, 12 December 2019 by

Lavender and anxietyWith #anxiety one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the UK and more than 45 million working days a year being lost due to it, finding effective, safe treatments is a priority for practitioners.  Whilst psychological therapies can be incredibly effective for patients living with anxiety, they can be very hard to gain access to. The predominant treatments prescribed in general practice are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (#SSRIs), Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (#SNRIs), #pregabalin and #benzodiazepines. Whilst beneficial in alleviating symptoms in many, these drugs come with side effects. #Lavender has traditionally been used for its calming benefits, recent research led by Davide Donelli from Careggi University Hospital, Florence, aimed to assess its efficacy, in any form of administration, on anxiety and anxiety related conditions. 

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