Botox patients ‘could inhale lavender to calm nerves’
People nervous about the pain of Botox injections could inhale lavender before the procedure, research has suggested.
According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, the effects of lavender essential oil could ensure individuals are less nervous about the upcoming procedure, the Examiner reports.
Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine discovered that patients who inhaled the substance before the injections had a lower heart rate than those who inhaled a placebo.
Members of the public have been urged to use the essential oils as part of a relaxation regime before the procedure.
Lead study author Lisa Grunebaum said: "Lavender has the potential to ease anxiety in patients undergoing invasive cosmetic procedures."
The oils, which are extracted from the fresh flowers of the plant, are also used for a number of medical conditions, such as insomnia, alopecia and stress.
People who suffer from regular headaches or nervous exhaustion may also benefit from the effects of the natural treatment.