Oxytocin - The Love Hormone

Hugs and physical touch release the hormone Oxytocin. This wonderful hormone is shown to reduce blood pressure, slow the heart rate and provide an overall feeling of relaxation. Weighted blankets can trigger this same response by imitating the deep sense of touch. Some research has shown a relationship between increased Oxytocin levels and lessening of autism spectrum negative symptoms 1

In a 2003 study, both humans and dog oxytocin levels in the blood rose after five to 24 minutes of a petting session.2

Oxytocin modulates fear and anxiety.3