Information on Lavender

Latin NameLavandula officinalis
Part UsedFlowers
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb, essential oil, soap, bath and hair products, and creams.
AffectsDigestive system, Nervous system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA small prennial shrub from the Mint family with tall, purple-spiked flowering parts.
DescriptionLavender flowers are used to lift the spirits and allay nausea and are said to have a slight sedative quality. Lavender infusion or oil is used for spasms, colic, and neuralgia, internally as well as externally. Lavender oil is effective topically for burns, and a few drops of it may be added to baths before bedtime for persons with sleep disorders. Lavender has long been used in traditional medicine for nervous stomach, spasmodic conditions, flatulence, nervous headache, neuralgia, and vomiting.

Lavender has a taste of AROMATIC, SPICY and a temperature of COOL.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture20-30 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Lavender

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Depression, mildantidepressantoil (to inhale), tea internally
Dizziness, mildnervinetea
Morning sicknessanti-nauseanttea, essential oil (inhaled)
Nauseaanti-nauseanttincture, tea, oil (inhaled)
Seasicknessantinauseanttincture

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