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Lavender Acts as Soothing Aid to Dentistry

 

Sometimes used as an as an adjunct to dental procedures, aromatherapists use lavender as a natural remedy for a variety of common ailments ranging from anxiety and headaches to insomnia and mild depression. As a mood-balancing herb that possesses a sedative and calming effect, research has shown that lavender can ease stress, induce relaxation, alleviate anxiety and enhance our sense of well-being. Simply inhaling lavender essential oil releases serotonin in the brain that allows us to experience positive physiological changes in body, mind and spirit.

The brain’s limbic lobe lies deep within the brain and includes portions of all the lobes of the cerebral hemispheres. Myriad fiber tracts connect the limbic lobe with many deep nuclei and the olfactory apparatus to form the limbic system, which is associated with emotion and motivation.

Linalool, the active chemical component of lavender, has a sedative effect on moods and autonomic nerve activity, and cortisol (stress hormone) levels significantly decrease after lavender aromatherapy.

Allentown Dentist Dr. Michael Taras finds lavender aromatherapy a very useful holistic therapy that helps patients relax naturally. For more information, call 610-432-1320 or visit DrTarasDentist.com.

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