Lavender - Lavandula Angustifolia

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This Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia in the Lamiaceae or Mint family

Part used: Flowers.

Taste/Smell: Bitter, aromatic.

Tendencies: Cool, drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 - 2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:5 dry liquid extract: 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water.

Mental picture and specific indications: It is specific for headache, muscle spasms, convulsions, stammering and symptoms due to nervousness related to a lack of circulation to the brain.

Use: (a) Spasmolytic, (b) Anti-inflammatory, (c) Carminative, (d) Stomachic, (e) Diuretic, (f) Mild sedative for nervous exhaustion, (g) Stress, (h) Insomnia.

The essential oil is used externally for burns and wounds. Lavender has been shown to improve wound healing. Lavender is used as an olfactory inhalant for its calming and reassuring effects. The herb has also been shown to be beneficial for anxiety when given internally. Lavender is additionally a useful aid in insomnia and depression.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the emmenagogue effects unless used under the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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