Lavender Essential Oil for Depression

Effectiveness

Lavender essential oil rates as a possibly effective treatment for depression. There are more than 3 studies which confirm its effectiveness in reducing depression.

Dosage and Directions

People in studies placed 3 drops of lavender essential oil on the palms or neck and inhaled the scent three times daily for 4 weeks.

Safety

Lavender essential oil rates as possibly safe. There are more than 5 studies which confirm its safety.
 

Adverse Reactions

Orally, lavender oil may cause gastrointestinal upset.
Topically, use of lavender can cause allergic contact dermatitis.
 

Interactions

Barbiturates. Be cautious with this combination.
Benzodiazepines.  Be cautious with this combination.
Chloral hydrate.  Be cautious with this combination.
CNS depressants.  Be cautious with this combination.
Pentobarbital (Nembutal). Be cautious with this combination.