Updated: Nov 24, 2019
Also called common lavender, garden lavender and spanish lavender.
Lavender is a herbaceous perennial shrub like plant with blue, violet or lilac flowers that is native to countries in the mediterranean region, including france, spain, andorra, and italy.
Applicable parts used
Flowers, leaves, and oil
Symbolizes peace, chasity and virtue
Organs & systems affected
Assists in calming and uplifting the body and mind
Mechanism of action
Analgesic, anticancer, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, estrogenic, antiandrogenic, sedative, allergenic, antibacterial, cholagogue, anxiolytic, antispasmodic, hypoglycemic, tonic, vulnerary, and stomachic
Sweet, aromatic, cooling and drying
Cineole, borneol, camphor, linalool, perillyl alcohol, linalyl acetate, and carophyllene epoxid
Orally, lavender has been used for anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, depression, flatulence, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, migraine headaches, acne, and to promote menstruation.
Topically, lavender has been used for alopecia areata, canker sores, painful periods, and in baths for circulation disorders and improving psychological well-being.
Lavender is used as aromatherapy for insomnia, agitation, depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue and psychological well-being.
Precaution & adverse reactions
Lavender is generally well tolerated but may cause stomach upset if used in large amounts.
Lavender may interact with antihypertensives, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and cns depressants
Pregnancy and lactation
Insufficient reliable evidence available for oral use during pregnancy. Preliminary clinical research shows that lavender essential oil can be inhaled by pregnant women during labor, with no apparent adverse outcomes on the infants.
Herbal infusion: 1-2 tsp per 8 ounces , steep 5-7 minutes, drink as tolerated.
Tincture: 20-30 drops daily or as tolerated
Our favorite pairings
Lemon balm, hops, roses, chamomile, feverfew, calendula, and comfrey
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Pursell, jj. The herbal apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them. Timber press. Kindle edition.