Sniff Away Your Stress

Cravings-Crushing Monday: Another Super-Simple Tool to Calm You Down

Stress is one of the biggest reasons that people pig out on sugary, fatty, salty treats or processed carbs, which, of course, pack on the pounds.

Today’s Cravings-Crushing Monday tip is another super-simple idea, which can calm you down quickly.

It’s also one of my favorites.

Just keep a little lavender whenever you’re on the go, and when stress strikes, just inhale deeply. That’s it!

Ancient Romans used the lavender plant to scent their bathwater while other cultures have historically used it to treat depression, irritability, and insomnia. Research now shows us that lavender’s aroma can greatly diminish stress, which, as you may well know, is a prime trigger for food cravings.

The Scientific Evidence: As always, before I share a tactic, my researchers and I track down a study, which validates it. So check out the fascinating research on this super-simple Sniff Away Your Stress Tool.

Researchers at a nursing hospital in Taiwan recruited 110 nurses as volunteers in a study of lavender oil and stress. Half of the nurses pinned small containers of 3 percent lavender oil (the rest was water) to their clothes while at work. The other half, the control group, pinned their clothing with containers but no lavender oil.

“Aromatherapy was shown to be effective in the reduction of the number of stress symptoms for 3 or 4 days,” the research team wrote. Isn’t that awesome?

Sure enough, stress symptoms and the severity of stress was cut by more than half with the lavender group, while the control group saw its stress levels increase.

All, thanks to lavendar!

The Simple Steps:

  • Bring a small glass vial of pure lavender with you wherever you go. Or take roll-on lavender (which you can find at health food stores) with you when you’re On the Go. .
  • Then sniff your lavender whenever you feel stressed out.
  • You also could, as in the experiment, pin a small bottle of the lavender to your clothes. (After pin-pricking a few holes in the container’s lid will allow the aroma to waft out.)

How It Works: The various chemicals in lavender, such as Linalol, linalyl acetate, geranyle, eucalyptol, pinene, limonene, cineole, phenol, coumarins, flavonoids, work together by “ stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions,” according to The Mayo Clinic.

Sources: “The effects of aromatherapy in relieving symptoms related to job stress among nurses.” Chen MC. Et al. International Journal of Nursing Practice. Nov. 15, 2013.

“Aromatherapy: Lavender.” How Stuff Works.

“What are the benefits of aromatherapy?” The Mayo Clinic.

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2 thoughts on “Sniff Away Your Stress

  1. Hi Connie. Happy Valentine’s Day. I used yo have Lavander fragrance in my office until I kind of outgrew it. Now that you mention we can sniff away our stress with lavander I realize I was not so agitated before….well, I guess I have to put back Lavander in my life

  2. Hi Connie, just to say I shall definitely be buying some pure lavender oil asap it sounds great and l do so hope it will help me when I get stressed or anxious which is fairly often and hopefully it will help with my Cravings for all sugary and fatty foods, Thanks for your idea’s l can’t give my report yet till buy the lavender oil and try it out Thanks Indira