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Medicinal Herb: Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)

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Native to the Mediterranean region.



Biological Name:
Lavandula officinalis


Other Names:
Lavender, Garden Lavender, spike lavender,c ommon lavender

Parts Used:

Active Compounds:
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.

Traditional Applications in Herbal Medicine:
Carminative, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, rubefacient, emmenagogue, hypotensive, stimulant, aromatic, fragrant.

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 is used in states of nervous debility and exhaustion. Use it 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.

Essential oil of Lavender can be used on burns to the skin to aliviate pain and reduce tissue damage.

Combinations : For depression it will combine well with Rosemary, Kola or Skullcap.

Other indications include:

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.


No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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