Lavender oil for de-stressing

A New Secret To Stress Relief

Feeling on edge today? Too much on your to-do list? Finding yourself mulling over whether or not your kids are safe, your job is safe, your house is safe? Of course you are. We live in an all-in world where anxiety is at an all-time high. No wonder we’re all a little (or a lot) freaked out.

Unfortunately one of the greatest of life’s ironies is that most stress-reduction strategies involve a whole lot of strain just to pull them off. Go on vacation? That means working 24/7 to get ahead at the office, get someone up to speed about projects, and make sure everyone has your number in case of emergency.

Dinner out with your spouse? Do you have a babysitter? Does the sitter know all the elaborate instructions about what your kids are allowed to eat? Is a neighbor home just in case?

Sometimes, it’s easier just to stay home.

An Easier Way to De-Stress

However, I just read about a stress reliever that doesn’t sound too taxing. In fact, it seems downright easy. Let me tell you about the research.

Scientists invited 20 adults into a lab and asked them to smell the following oils for 20 minutes each:

• Sweet Almond Oil with Lavender Oil
• Sweet Almond Oil alone

Afterwards, the researchers measured various stress markers, such as blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature. Subjects were also asked to estimate their mood, such as feeling pleasant or unpleasant, comfy or uncomfortable, relaxed or refreshed. Next, the researchers brought them back into the lab for a second smell test, this time to measure brain activity.

The results?

Just by the smell of lavender oil could lower your blood pressure and calm you

When the subjects sniffed the lavender oil, they had significantly lower readings for blood pressure, heart rate and skin temps. They also rated themselves as more active, fresher and more relaxed than when they inhaled the sweet almond oil alone. Finally, the aroma of lavender oil significantly increased the power of theta brain waves (those that border between the conscious and the subconscious) and alpha brain waves (those that help the brain get to a state of relaxation and meditation). It’s the same brain state that meditation masters achieve to calm the mind and promote feelings of peace and relaxation.1

Not Just Less Stressed… Less Fat Too

The power of lowering stress seems apparent. But even more than the stress itself, lowering stress can help lower cortisol. What’s the big deal about cortisol?

Your body responds to physiological and emotional stress the same way. Your brain acts as if you are in physical danger and releases a potent cocktail of hormones to prepare you to fight or flee. (Either way you need energy). This way, you get a burst of adrenaline.

At the same time, you get a surge of cortisol, which tells your body to replenish that energy even though you haven’t used very many calories in your stressed-out state. This can make you very hungry. And your body keeps on pumping out that cortisol as long as the stress continues.

Cortisol’s role in the body is to mobilize energy by tapping into your body’s fat stores and moving it from one location to another… or delivering it to tissues such as working muscles.

The problem is that with anxiety or prolonged stress response… Cortisol will move fat from storage deposits and relocate it to fat cell deposits deep in your abdomen… a dangerous area to store fat.

And cortisol is the hormone that helps baby fat cells grow up into mature fat cells… thus causing even more weight gain.

So by lowering stress, you’re lowering cortisol and burning fat more efficiently.

Sounds like a triple header to me!

You might also remember that RealDose Weight Loss Formula No.1 contains an ingredient (rhodiola) that reduces cortisol as well.

Hang Loose With Lavender

There are a ton of lavender products out there — how do you know which to choose? Researchers credit lavender’s relaxing and mood-boosting benefits to the naturally occurring essential oils. So, be sure to look for “lavender essentials oils,” or “oil of lavender,” rather than just being “lavender scented.”

Additional research found that lavender essential oils are not only effective when inhaled, but also when applied to the skin. Unlike many other essential oils (which have to be put in a base oil), lavender oil is often applied undiluted to the skin.

Some Other Ways To Sniff Away Stress

Lavender essential oils are perfectly suited for those times during the day when you could use a little extra help to find inner peace or boost your mood.

On-the-Go Stress Buster. Keep a small bottle of lavender oil handy—in your briefcase, purse or backpack. Rub a drop on your hands when you need to channel your inner calm during the daily frenzy.
Professional Peacemaker. Keep a decorative pot of dried lavender on your desk. The aroma will help you relax and feel refreshed throughout your office day.
Home Spa Retreat. Enjoy bath products with lavender oils to fill the air with a soothing aroma for both body and mind.
Sleepytime Soother. Welcome a restful night’s sleep with a sachet of dried lavender under your pillow.

Have you found any great ways to beat stress? I’m always on the lookout for more stressbusters. After all, life is complicated enough. Battling the stress shouldn’t have to be.

Steve Sisskind, M.D.

Hi, I'm Dr. Steve Sisskind, Chief Medical Officer & Founder at RealDose Nutrition.

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1. Sayorwan W, Siripornpanich V, Piriyapunyaporn T, Hongratanaworakit T, Kotchabhakdi N, Ruangrungsi N. The effects of lavender oil inhalation on emotional states, autonomic nervous system, and brain electrical activity. J Med Assoc Thai. 2012;95(4):598-606. PMID: 22612017.


  1. I am a 74 year young person who needs to lose weight– biggie. However, I have Arthritis in all my joints preventing me from exercising. I am on your weight loss. Program with Realdose (just started). Most of my problem is belly fat (Cortisol) along with a hernia. I am working with my physician on some things but not all can be corrected without doing some things on my part. I am still working out of necessity and work at a very stressful job. The workload is not the problem, but management.

    Any suggestions?

    • Dr. Steve Sisskind

      Hi Marcia,

      Thank you for sharing your concerns with us! I certainly know what you mean! There are just days where nothing seems to go right and more gets piled on top of it. It would be so easy to grab a bag of chips, tub of ice cream or even binge on cake. Over the years, one effective tool that has helped me fall asleep quicker or helped me relax is slow deep breaths. Breathing in through your nose and exhaling slowly helps slow down your warring emotions, centers you and clears your mind. It helps you focus on the task at hand, or gives you enough presence of mind to walk away from a potential confrontation. Slow deep breaths also help me calm my restless mind and gets me to sleep mode. Hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!

  2. Donna Jumarchìk

    I have been trying to lose weight for a few years now bu it seem impossibĺe . I think I’ve tried jùst about everything. Another thing is that Im always Hungary. I try to eat healthful foods but nothing. Con you suggest anything

    • Dr. Steve Sisskind

      Hi Donna,

      Thank you for sharing your concerns with us! I actually hear this a lot! I recommend that you make small healthy but permanent changes. Start with, for example, eating less carbohydrates and adding more fiber into your diet. Do away with junk food and snack on veggie sticks. Then, stick to the changes you have made, they become habit over time. Give your body time to adjust and react to the changes you have made. The weight may take a while to get moving but it will be a long lasting change. Later, you can add other healthy shifts such as no more alcohol, getting 8 hours of sleep and adding more water. Lastly, if you have been eating well or have just finished a meal, then it is safe to say that you are not physically hungry but instead, craving food. If so, try to distract yourself by going for a walk, doing a chore or anything to pass the time. You will notice that you are no longer hungry and can wait until the next meal time. Hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!

  3. ¡Hello Dr. Sisskind! I will like to know how can I gain weight. Am too skinny since was diagnosed food intolerance; and my food intake was changed.i lost 39#. From 120 to 81#.I feel tired, sad and stressful most of the time. I eat vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and sweet potatoes. No salt no sugar intake. Will appreciate very much your kind advise. Thank you.0

    • Dr. Steve Sisskind

      Hi Celiannie,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! We clearly understand your frustration and do know that gaining weight, in a healthy way, is not as easy as it seems. It would be pretty simple, if all you had to do was eat a few eggs in the morning and a generous helping of protein at night. However, you will not only gain fat fairly quickly but also raise your cholesterol to alarming levels. To help get you started on gaining some weight, It’s very important to understand how keeping your systems balanced by making healthy food choices, exercising and getting 8 hours of sleep each night, helps in coping with the changes your body is experiencing during this time. I am including a couple of links below to help guide you on your way to building bulk. The tips in the articles are clear and easy to follow. Hope you enjoy the read!

  4. The last three weeks my granddaughter moved in to live with me and I love her with all my heart! I do fine when she stays out late at night this causes me much stress! She is 23 years old, has a good job at the near by hospital as a LNA! How can I help myself to free this stress that I am feeling?

    • Dr. Steve Sisskind

      Hi Mary,

      Thank you for sharing your concerns! I do not have any grandchildren, yet, but do understand what you mean. In times like these, when my kids go out to field trips or out of school activities, you have to have faith. To believe that we have taught them what they need to know to face the world and make sure they make their way back to us. It does not matter whether your granddaughter is 12, 23 or 32, they will always be our little jewels and it is in our nature to worry. Just keep in mind that your granddaughter is a smart , strong and independent lady. Hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!

  5. Dr. Sisskind, I want to find out how I can order your
    Colima Sea Salt. Can you tell me what I need to do.
    Thank you.
    Joyce Lloyd

    • Dr. Steve Sisskind

      Hi Joyce,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! Colima Sea Salt is readily available in most health food stores as well as most major supermarkets, depending on where you live. You can also order them online. Hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!

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