Lavender is one of the most famous herbs known to man. It's cultivated on a massive scale throughout Europe and North America, and is a popular flavouring and aromatic agent for household products.
Medicinally lavender is best known for its ability to pomote sleep. It's often sold as aromatherapy, in salves and creams, and incense for this purpose. Lavender is also great for internal use, where it interacts with the GABA system to produce relaxation and sleep.
Levender essential oil is common as a topical agent for insect bites, rashes, and infection.
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- Bacterial infections
- Cognitive dysfunciton
- Alzheimer's disease
- Depression (mild)
- Sympathetic nervous dominance
- Fungal infection
- Insect bites
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Pain management
- Parasitic infection
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Pharmaceutical sedatives
Main Herbal Actions:
- Analgesic (mild)
- Nervine Relaxant
Lavender is mainly used in topical applications for rashes, skin irritations, mild infections, sunburn, and insect bites. Internally it's mainly used for anxiety-related conditions, GIT inflammation and discomfort, and insomnia.
Mediterranean and Southern Europe
Northern and Eastern Africa
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Constituents of Interest
- Monoterpene Alcohols
- Laventelit (Finland)
- English Lavender
Lavender is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae). In the genus Lavandula there are approximatly 47 species. Most of these perennials, or small shrubs. There are a number of lavenders used medicinally.
- Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender)
- Lavandula stoechas (French Lavender)
- Lavendula dentata (Spanish Lavender)
This list is disputed by many taxonomists, suggesting that French lavender may be Lavandula stoechas or Lavandula dentata, and that Spanish lavender could be either Lavandula dentata, or Lavandula lanata, or Lavandula dentata.
Clinical Applications Of Lavender:
Lavender is useful topically for female conditions including dysmenorrhoea and PMS due to its antispasmoduc and analgesic effects. It's also useful topically for its antifungal and antibacterial effects. Internally lavender can be used for gastrointestinal complaints, including bloating, flatulence, and colic.
Lavender is a reliable nervine for its GABAergic activity. Additionally it has been shown to reverse the stimulating effects induced by caffeine, and inhibits acetylcholine release.
Lavender has been proven to be a very safe herb with a low incidence of adverse effects.
Avoid use with pharmaceutical sedatives due to the possibility of agonistic synergy.
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