Lavenda - Lavendula officinalis
- Created: 20 August 2014
Botanical Name - Lavandula angustifolia
Family - Lamiaceae
Other Names - English lavender
Parts Used - Dried flowers , these are harvested in summer.
It was used for grief’s and pains of the head and brain that proceed a cold a cause. It was used to strengthen the liver, the stomach and the spleen. This plant is originally from the Western Mediterranean, though it is now found throughout the world. It was commonly used to dispel flies and insects, for varicose veins and sores, as well as a gargle for toothache, liver and spleen congestion.
A perennial shrub that grows to 80cm producing lilac flowers 3-7cm long in spikes on ling stems. Spikes are often interrupted below. Corolla is hairy outside, 10-12mm long with large lobes. Leaves are opposite sessile, 2-6cm long, oblong to line, margins revolute.
It grows from seed and cuttings and it prefers a well drained, moist soil, that can even be limey. It will grow better in cold winter climates. It is a drought and tolerant resistant plant.
Volatile oils about 0.5 – 1% including linalyl acetate, linalool, borneol, camphor, and geraniol. Coumarins including herniarine, umbelliferone and santonine, tannins, triterpenoids, flavonoids and Sesquiterpenes.
Lavender has been used for a wide range of purposes and in some ways is a fantastic multi-purpose herb.
It can be used for helping with anxiety, insomnia, mild depression, flatulent colic, intestinal colic, migraines and headaches, insect bites, burns, Candida, restlessness, irritability and even supporting pregnancy.
It is the volatile oil that commonly is the active part of the lavender flower. It is used to help relax any spasmodic conditions of the body, for colic and dyspepsia. Its action on the nervous system is not just restricted to its internal use, the essential oil can be used topically as well in conditions such as headaches, restlessness, insomnia, depression, irritability and excitability. Externally is can be used in the treatment of headlice, neuralgia, rheumatic pains, burns and insect bites and sting, acting to soothe both before and after bites. A tea can be used as a douche to help in bladder and urinary problems.
A poultice can be made for boils and tooth abscesses. Mix 1 shredded onion, marshmallow and slippery elm and lavender flowers. It is believed that if you wash your face with lavender water every morning it will help to prevent freckles.
Lavender oil can be applied to animals to help get rid of parasites and tics. The oil can be rubbed on joints to reduce pain and stiffness.
If you want to bring more passion into your life add the tea to the water that you use to wash your floors with. Adding lavender flowers to your pillow will help you to sleep better and enhance dream recall.
Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto l-2 g of the dried herb and leave to infuse for l0-l5 minutes. Tincture: 1:5 (45%) 2-4 ml
The essential oil is safe to use neat on the skin, unless the person is hypersensitive. It is not advised to take the oil internally.
No major ones known, avoid is known allergies.