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Lavender Aromatherapy Can Ease Pre-Op Anxiety

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  • Among patients waiting for surgery, those who received lavender aromatherapy had a greater reduction in anxiety compared to the control group, which received standard nursing care
  • Orally administered lavender oil is effective in the treatment of subsyndromal (or preclinical) anxiety disorder, improving sleep quality along with general mental and physical health
  • In a study comparing lavender oil with sweet almond oil, the lavender oil caused significant decreases in blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature, with participants saying they felt more relaxed as well

By Dr. Mercola

Many people experience fear and anxiety prior to medical procedures like surgery. This anxiety, in turn, may lead to increased use of painkillers and anesthetics, prolonged hospital stays and even slower wound healing and worsened ability to fight infection. Risky opioids and sedatives are sometimes given to quell patients’ nerves, but recent research suggests aromatherapy may be a far safer alternative.


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