Will a lavender candle help anxiety? Maybe

We’re friends right? Of course we are. So let me be frank, this age of high stress is affecting most of us, and has caused too many of us to look to prescription drugs for help. 

I’ve been there, and I’m sure you or someone you know has too. There’s no judgement here, I understand -- but a safer alternative is always a welcome option, isn’t it? 

The story: Lavender oil capsules make headlines as possible first-step before anti-anxiety drugs.

  • Psychiatrist says lavender oil capsules can be as effective as anti-anxiety medications
  • Doctors refute claim saying findings are unsubstantiated.
  • Some experts believe that Lavender alleviates stress, anxiety, and depression in some cases. Personally, I agree that aromatherapy can be effective in elevating one’s mood. 
  • Of course, every person is different. What works for some may not work for others, but most of us appreciate cheaper, safer options.

Size of the problem: Anxiety issues are an epidemic.

  • Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States. 
  • Up to 40% of people who take anti-anxiety medication develop a dependency after only six weeks.
  • Anti-anxiety drugs are called benzodiazepines and include Valium, Ativan and Xanax. Google the known side effects of these medications and you will see that they are SIGNIFICANT. 
  • Many consider anti-anxiety medication as the next drug crisis in the United States
  • 40 million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety -- and prescriptions for children are rocketing. 

Addiction issues: Anti-anxiety drugs often work, but side-effects and withdrawal symptoms make them almost impossible to live with or discontinue use once addicted.

  • Increased anxiety, panic attacks, and depression
  • Restlessness, confusion, and insomnia
  • Shaking, stomach pain, and pounding heart
  • Extreme sweating, and in severe cases, seizures

Worth a shot: With risks such as these, anti-anxiety medication should be a last resort. There are other cheap and non-harmful options readily available, it’s time to try them first.

  • A lavender oil capsule is organic, non-toxic and inexpensive. They have no withdrawal symptoms and aren’t addictive. However, I really dislike taking oral supplements and medication, so I would likely not use these consistently. 
  • Lavender scented candles work for many (myself included), especially when combined with simple breathing exercises.  
  • There are many non-invasive stress relief methods including jogging, swimming, changing diet et al. 
  • Even if these alternatives don’t work for you, they’re worth trying because they cause no harm and have no side effects. At worst, you’ll waste an afternoon burning a candle and relaxing. Play some good music too, and you just might enjoy it!

Final verdict: Doctors, medical studies and miracle headlines have agendas. You need to find what works for you. I suggest starting with the least risky remedies first.

  • I don’t believe in aromatherapy but know smell can help set a mood. 
  • So I light a candle and put on my favorite music. 
  • I then sit back, close my eyes, and focus on the music, scent, and breathing. 
  • My anxiety can subside in 10 minutes, or an hour, but it does subside, so I make this part of my daily routine.
  • Find out what works for you, and make it part of your daily routine.

Wishing you good luck and good health!