Lavandula officinalis

Lavender

Lavandula officinalis

Part Used: Flowers.

Constituents:

  • Volatile oil, containing linalyl acetate, with linalool, lavandulyl acetate, borneol, camphor, limonene, cadinene, caryophyllene, 4-butanolide, 5-pentyl-5-pentanolide.
  • Coumarins; Umbelliferone, herniarin, coumarin, dihydrocoumarin.
  • Miscellaneous: triterpenes e.g. ursolic acid, flavonoids e.g. luteolin.

Actions: Carminative, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, rubefacient, emmenagogue, hypotensive.

Indications: This beautiful herb has many uses, culinary, cosmetic and medicinal. It is an effective herb for headaches, especially when they are related to stress. Lavender 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 used in states of nervous debility and exhaustion. It can be used to soothe and promote natural sleep. Externally the oil may be used as a stimulating liniment to help ease the aches and pains of rheumatism.

Preparations & Dosage: Infusion: to take internally, pour a cup of boiling water onto 1 teaspoonful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. This can be drunk three times a day. External use: the oil should not be taken internally but can be inhaled, rubbed on the skin or used in baths.

David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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