Lavender is relaxing (yes, really)

3 articles

1. Lavender’s genome has been sequenced. I am going to check this out with our lavender wizard next weekend but they think they know what is ideal in a lavender oil

“The quality of lavender’s essential oils greatly depends on the characteristic scent of the oil, which is determined by certain phytochemicals called monoterpenes,” explains Mahmoud. “Camphor contributes an off-odour, and its presence in the oil lowers quality and market value. On the other hand, high levels of linalool and linalyl acetate are desired in lavender oils.”1

2. Relaxed mice. In one of the nicer animal experiments, they gave mice lavender to smell 2 (sidetrack – the brilliant Fulvio D’Acquisto now at Roehampton massaged mice in one of his at St Mary’s, below ) This is lavender though – if successful in humans it may help with pre-operative stress and anxiety. They should come to our lavender field on open day and see some very chilled out humans except the ones on the stall 🙂

3. Relaxed horses. They held essential oil near the horses noses and tracked heart rates. Observations also included horses’ neck lowering, chewing and licking 3. They tried with water vapour and camomile but didn’t get the same relaxed effect.


  1. Wellborn P (2018), Getting to the root of lavender’s secrets, Science Daily, available at
  2. Hiroki Harada, Hideki Kashiwadani, Yuichi Kanmura, Tomoyuki Kuwaki. Linalool Odor-Induced Anxiolytic Effects in Mice. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2018; 12 DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00241
  3. Ann Linda Baldwin, Isabelle Chea. Effect of Aromatherapy on Equine Heart Rate Variability. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 2018; 68: 46 DOI: 10.1016/j.jevs.2018.05.213

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