Lavender—purple, pretty, and fragrant—is a darling of the wellness world. From soothing bath soaks to luxury candles, lavender has long been used in aromatherapy and marketed in beauty products as an ingredient that helps promote calmness. And while many studieshave shown lavender’s relaxing effect, research has not proven the importance of actually smelling it (compared to consuming it or using it topically) until now.
In a new study published today (Oct. 23) in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience researchers found compelling evidence that the stress relief that comes from lavender comes the way that linalool, an alcohol that occurs naturally in the plant, activates certain neurotransmitter receptors in the brain via olfactory neurons. more