The spicy, aromatic and floral scent of lavender essential oil comes from one of the genera in the lipflower family. Lavender is often associated with relaxation, but this scent has more purposes than just relaxation.

Effects on the brain

The scent of lavender has a calming effect on the body. Based on research, Lavender has been shown to have a positive effect on brainwave activity, nerve activity and general mood. At higher doses, the scent can be stimulating instead of calming. Besides calming and stimulating, the scent of lavender can also be anxiety reducing. Research in a dental practice shows that the scent of lavender is anxiety reducing and improves the patient’s mood.

Because the smell of lavender is so soothing, it has a lot of effect on the quality of sleep. A lot of research has been done on this. For example, students with insomnia sleep 60% better with the scent of lavender in the background than without it. The same research shows that the scent of lavender can also reduce depression.

In addition, research shows that the scent of lavender also reduces menopause symptoms.


Lavender, calming, stimulating, anxiety-reducing and reduces insomnia.


The effects of scents on the body and brain should not be taken as medical advice. Fragrance is personal to everyone and can potentially have different effects for everyone.