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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 681304, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/681304
Review Article

Lavender and the Nervous System

1Shefa Neuroscience Research Center, Tehran 1996835911, Iran
2Klinik und Poliklinik für Neurochirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Münster, 48149 Münster, Germany
3Razavi Neuroscience Research Center, Mashhad 9198613636, Iran
4Epilepsy Research Center, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, 48149 Münster, Germany
5Institut für Physiologie I, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, 48149 Münster, Germany
6Department of Neurology, 48149 Münster, Germany

Received 4 September 2012; Revised 29 December 2012; Accepted 17 February 2013

Academic Editor: Mark Moss

Copyright © 2013 Peir Hossein Koulivand et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Lavender is traditionally alleged to have a variety of therapeutic and curative properties, ranging from inducing relaxation to treating parasitic infections, burns, insect bites, and spasm. There is growing evidence suggesting that lavender oil may be an effective medicament in treatment of several neurological disorders. Several animal and human investigations suggest anxiolytic, mood stabilizer, sedative, analgesic, and anticonvulsive and neuroprotective properties for lavender. These studies raised the possibility of revival of lavender therapeutic efficacy in neurological disorders. In this paper, a survey on current experimental and clinical state of knowledge about the effect of lavender on the nervous system is given.