Article – Lavender and Improving Anxiety

Anxiety is a common mental health condition that can affect children of all ages. It can cause a variety of symptoms, such as worry, nervousness, restlessness, and difficulty concentrating. Anxiety can interfere with a child’s ability to learn and socialise.

There are a number of things that can be done to help children with anxiety, however, one natural approach that has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety is lavender.

How Lavender Works

Lavender is a plant that has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. The essential oil of lavender is extracted from the flowers of the plant and has a calming and relaxing effect.

Lavender essential oil works by activating the GABA receptors in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that helps to calm the nervous system. When GABA receptors are activated, it produces a calming effect.

Using a Lavender Diffuser in the Classroom or at Home

A lavender diffuser is a device that disperses lavender essential oil into the air. This can help to create a calming and relaxing atmosphere in the classroom or at home.

To use a lavender diffuser in the classroom, simply add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the diffuser and turn it on. The diffuser will then disperse the oil into the air.

It is important to note that not all children are the same. Some children may be more sensitive to lavender than others. If you are using a lavender diffuser in the classroom, it is important to start with a small amount of oil and gradually increase the amount as needed.

Sources:

  • “Effects of lavender on anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis” by B. Khalesi et al. (2020)
  • “Effects of Lavender on Anxiety, Depression, and Physiological Parameters: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” by Y. Zhang et al. (2022)
  • “Essential oil of lavender in anxiety disorders: Ready for prime time?” by M. E. Warnke et al. (2019)
  • “Lavender and the Nervous System” by M. J. Lavandin (2012)

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