Lavendula officinalis Common name: Lavender
Part used: Flowers
Constituents: Volatile oil (linalyl acetate, linalol, geraniol, cineole, limonene), tannins, flavonoids (luteolin), coumarins, phytosterols, triterpenes (ursolic acid)
Actions: Carminative, nervous system relaxant, sedative, antispasmodic, anti-depressant, rubefacient, anti-septic (essential oil), aromatic, uterine stimulant, emmenagogue, diuretic, hypotensive, anti-rheumatic
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.
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.