Lavender (Lavendula augustifolia)

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Common Name: Lavender

Botanical name: Lavendula augustifolia

Family: Lamiaceae

Parts used: Flower buds and aerial portions

Taste: pungent and bitter

Energetics: warming

Plant properties: aromatic, antimicrobrial, analgesic, relaxing nervine carminative

Traditional uses:

Relaxation, sleep, depression, digestion, reducing blood pressure, reducing heart rate, healing skin, and pain reduction.

Chemical constituents:

Volatile oils: 

  • linalyl acetate: anti-inflammatory
  • linalool: antiseptic, fugistatic, and can have sedative properties
  • lavendulyl acetate: aroma
  • borneol: anti-bacterial, relief pain and itching, digestion
  • limonene: can dissolve cholesterol
  • caryophyllene: anti-inflammatory

Coumarins: 

  • umbelliferone: some studies have shown it reduces depression, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial
  • herniarin: anti-inflammatory
  • coumarin: anti-fungal, antitumor, piscicidal.

Miscellaneous

  • triterpenes: saponins- adaptogenic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial
  • flavonoids: anti-inflammatory, sedative, anti-microbrial

Research:

As shown on HerbMedPro, there has been at least 64 clinical trials and 16 case studies examining the therapeutic uses of lavender. There are been studies finding that lavender aromatherapy reduces anxiety, depression, insomnia, blood pressure, heart rate, headaches, and stress, and can help improve memory. Using lavender oil topical has found to reduce pain, inflammation, and dysmenorrhea, and help heal wounds. Ingested, lavender has been shown to help reduce anxiety and depression.

Aromatherapy:

Lavender is mainly an ester (40%), and is one of the most safe and highly used oils. It is used for it’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties in cleaning and healing, along with helping mental and emotional stresses. Lavender oil is especially used for burns as it is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbrial, antibacteria, and has sedative properties.

Preparation:

  • Tea: Infusion with one cup of water and 1 tsp of dried herb. Cover and steep for ten minutes. Drink up to three cups a day.
  • Tincture: 1:5, 70% alcohol, 1.5 to 2mL, 3 to 4 times a day
  • Essential oil: diluted in a carrier oil for external use (aloe vera gel for burn) or inhalation.

*Note for all essential oils: Do not consume. Keep away from pets. Ask a doctor before using essential oils on children under the age of 10*

Safety considerations:

Rare. See cases by clicking here. No interactions recorded.

*Note for all essential oils: Do not consume. Keep away from pets. Ask a doctor before using essential oils on children under the age of 10.

Last thoughts:

Lavender is a great herb and is definitely one of my top five herbs to have on a deserted island—mainly as an essential oil. It is great for wounds, for example I burned my hand on the oven pretty bad during Thanksgiving and treated it with some diluted Lavender Oil and the next day the blister that was beginning to form was gone and I didn’t have any pain. I use a lot of lavender for my products, as you will see, and I definitely use the plant in my Dream Pillows as I have seen some positive results with my friends whom I have given them to. I love drinking a cup of my Artemis Tea, which includes Lavender, as it puts me straight to sleep. Try adding some to tea before bed, sleep with some dried Lavender in your pillow, and see if it helps you calm down and feel restful as well.

*No statement here should replace medical advice. Please speak to a doctor before changing habits or adding herbs to your daily life*

Recommended Reading:

  • Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee De La Forêt
  • Medical Herbalism by David Hoffmann
  • Aromatherapy by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  • PubChem
  • HerbMedPro

Resources:

  • Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee De La Forêt
  • Medical Herbalism by David Hoffmann
  • Aromatherapy by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  • PubChem
  • HerbMedPro

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