Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia (in the Lamiaceae or Mint family)
Part used: Flowers.
Taste/Smell: Bitter, aromatic.
Tendencies: Cool, drying.
Dosage: Infusion: 1 - 2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:5 dry liquid extract: 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water.
Mental picture and specific indications: It is specific for headache, muscle spasms, convulsions, stammering and symptoms due to nervousness related to a lack of circulation to the brain.
Use: (a) Spasmolytic, (b) Anti-inflammatory, (c) Carminative, (d) Stomachic, (e) Diuretic, (f) Mild sedative for nervous exhaustion, (g) Stress, (h) Insomnia.
The essential oil is used externally for burns and wounds. Lavender is used as an olfactory inhalant for its calming and reassuring effects.
Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the emmenagogue effects unless used under the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner.
Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.