By Nelson Ramos Avila
School can be very stressful, especially right now during COVID times. You may live in a hectic household where you are unable to concentrate and complete assignments. Or maybe everything going on right now is stressing you out times 10 and affecting your schoolwork. Lavender essential oil can ease the anxiety and calm down a stressful situation for students like you. Here are three reasons college students should use lavender essential oil to reduce stress and help them focus.
1. Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Students are highly prone to anxiety, just think about when you are waiting for exam results. In 2012, a study was published in Phytomedicine, that analyzed 15 clinical trials that already had been published. It was determined that supplements that contained lavender oil had therapeutic effects on patients struggling from anxiety and stress. So, when you have an upcoming exam you feel stressed and anxious about, you can inhale some lavender and feel more at ease, which will help you do better on your exam.
Students are prone to insomnia. In fact, according to “Sleep Problems in University Students – An Intervention,” a 2017 study published n Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 60% of all college students suffer from a poor sleep quality, and 7.7% meet all criteria of an insomnia disorder. You may feel that the only way to help insomnia is by taking pharmaceutical drugs. However, there is a natural option to help with this issue. The solution may be as simple a lavender essential oil. In a 2015 study published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers concluded that sleep hygiene techniques and lavender essential oil therapy aided college students get a better night's sleep than just sleep hygiene. The 79 students with self-reported sleep problems also found inhaling lavender at bedtime enriched daytime energy and vibrancy significantly. It may only take enough to inhale lavender before bed to visit dreamland.
3. Improve Concentration
Lavender oil is best known for its relaxation effects. However, it can also help improve concentration. Effectiveness of Aroma on Work Efficiency: Lavender Aroma During Recess Prevents Deterioration of Work Performance,” a 2005 Japanese study published in Chem Senses, concluded that when lavender is inhaled during a break at work, it can result in a boost in concentration once one gets back to work. So, when you are studying for a big exam and really need to concentrate, remember that inhaling some lavender oil can do the trick. Try this whenever you can’t seem to focus on schoolwork or studying.
Lavender essential oil is a great natural way to help improve your sleep and your concentration. Try it out this semester and let us know in the comments if you see any improvement.
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