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Lavender Lavandula officinalis

Family: Labiatae

---Synonyms---Lavender, Garden Lavender, spike lavender, common lavender
---Parts Used---
Flowers

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.

---Medicinal Actions and Uses---

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.

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

Lavender Lemon balm Licorice Lettuce opium Lily of the valley
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