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Lavendula officinalis

Lavendula officinalis                            Common name: Lavender

Family: Lamiaceae

Part used: Flowers

Constituents:  Volatile oil (linalyl acetate, linalol, geraniol, cineole, limonene), tannins, flavonoids (luteolin), coumarins, phytosterols, triterpenes (ursolic acid)

Lavendula officinalis  Actions: Carminative, nervous system relaxant, sedativeantispasmodic, anti-depressant, rubefacient, anti-septic (essential oil), aromatic, uterine stimulant, emmenagogue, diuretic, hypotensive, anti-rheumatic

Lavender

Medical uses: Has many uses including culinary, cosmetic and medicinal. It is an effective herb for headaches, especially when they are related to stress. It can be quite effective in the clearing of depression, especially if used in conjunction with other remedies. As a gentle strengthening tonic of the nervous system it  may be helpful for nervous debility and exhaustion. It can be used to soothe and promote natural sleep. Externally the oil can be used as a stimulating liniment to help ease the aches and pains and rheumatism. A drop of pure oil rubbed into the temples may clear a headache.

Pharmacology: 

  • Volatile oils are largely responsible for the many actions of this herb. Will reduce the tone of skeletal muscle and have sedative and anti-anxiety effects.

Pharmacy:  Tincture: (1:2, 60%), 2-5ml QD. Dried flowers: 1-2g, TID. Capsules: 500mg, BID. Infusion: 1 tsp/cup, infuse 15 min, TID. Essential oil: 1-4ggt inhalations, chest rub, massage oil, pillow, douche. Bath: 100g infused and strained, added to bath.

Contraindications: Avoid excessive use during early pregnancy. Internal use of essential oil.

Toxicity:  None expected within recommended doses.

Interactions: None known.

2015-03-18 12.49.47

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