Why does the smell of lavender help you sleep?

It’s not just because it reminds you of the comforting
smell of your granny’s house. Lavender oil is mainly
linalyl acetate and linalool, which are chemicals that
are both rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Studies on mice have shown that these compounds
inhibit several neurotransmitters and have a sedative
and pain-relieving effect. In humans, lavender also
lowers the heart rate and reduces anxiety.

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