Bespoke bath blends and the power of lavender

If you’re a fan of DIY blends, grab yourself a bottle of Absolute Aromas Bath Dispersing Oil, £20.76 for 1 litre, an unfragranced oil that gently disperses into the bath water and allows you to add essential oils of your choice.

To make your own blends, simply add a few drops of essential oil to a teaspoon of the dispersing oil then gently swirl into the water.

One of my favourite choices for relaxing, calming and stabilising is lavender oil (shown right), but make sure it’s French High Altitude oil, as this is more intensely packed with therapeutic benefits for headaches, muscular aches and pains, skin conditions, PMT and irritability.

But get this, in a study published this week in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Hideki Kashiwadani, physiologist and neuroscientist at Kagoshima University in Japan and his colleagues found that sniffing linalool, an alcohol component of lavender odour, was kind of like popping a Valium. It worked on the same parts of a mouse’s brain, but without all the dizzying side effects. And it didn’t target parts of the brain directly from the bloodstream, as was thought. Relief from anxiety could be triggered just by inhaling through a healthy nose.

Their findings add to a growing body of research demonstrating anxiety-reducing qualities of lavender odours and suggest a new mechanism for how they work in the body. Dr. Kashiwadani believes this new insight is a key step in developing lavender-derived compounds like linalool for clinical use in humans.

Source of study and extract taken from The New York Times 27.10.18/ Joanna Klein

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