The antidepressant effects of Lavender by Firoozeei et al.
Firoozeei and colleagues from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences publish a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials looking at the antidepressant effects of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) (Firoozeei et al., 2021).
Antidepressant drugs, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) that aim at increasing serotonin levels in the brain, are accompanied with a high rate of adverse effects. Due to the limitations of antidepressant drugs, complementary and alternative medecine (CAM) disciplines can offer a valuable therapeutic approach.
While previous reviews report on the anxiolytic action of Lavender (Perry et al., 2012; Donelli et al., 2019), the present study aims at evaluating the antidepressant effects of Lavender in depressed patients or people affected by other diseases with concomitant depressive symptoms.
Perry, R., Terry, R., Watson, L.K., & Ernst, E. (2012). Phytomedicine. Volume 19 Issue 8–9 (825-835) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phymed.2012.02.013
Toktam Sadat Firoozeei, Awat Feizi, Hossein Rezaeizadeh, Arman Zargaran, Hamid Reza Roohafza, Mehrdad Karimi (2021). Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Volume 59 Issue 102679 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2021.102679
Davide Donelli, Michele Antonelli, Caterina Bellinazzi, Gian Franco Gensini & Fabio Firenzuoli (2019). Phytomedicine. Volume 65 Issue 153099 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phymed.2019.153099