Lavender Information

Lavandula Angustifolia, Lavender

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Most Common Name: Lavender
Botanical Name: Lavandula Angustifolia, Lavendula Officinalis
Also Known As (other names):Spike Lavender, Garden Lavender, English Lavender, Spikenard (Biblical), Nard, Bastard Lavender, White Lavender, French Lavender, Dwarf Lavender,

Lavender was used in ancient Syria as a bath essence to purify the body, mind and spirit.

Lavenders use as a tranquilizer, sleeping aid and antidepressant dates back to ancient times. In the British Isles it was used against migraines, diabetes and several other conditions including the cleansing of wounds as recently as the first world war. Earlier than that it was believed to be a potent aphrodisiac.

It is used for, or in treatment of:

 AntidepressantInsomniaAnxiety
Wound dressingAntiflatulentMenstrual pain
SpasmolyticCarminativeStimulant

 

 

Contraindications, do not use if:

Could cause shin sensitivity if applied as an oil (rare)  
   
We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.

 

Administered as/Available in:

TinctureFluid extractDecoction
Essential oilVinegarDried flowers

 

What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture

 

Constituents (i.e. what has been reported to be in this herb):

 Volatile oil - see Lavender Essential Oil

Also Lavandin Essential Oil

Also Lavender Spike Essential Oil

Linalyl Acetate: An Ester (see below) Linalyl Acetate is the primary constituent, along with Linalool in Lavender oil, although small amounts are found in other plants.

Esters: Mainly found in small amounts in flowers, Esters are responsible for the characteristic fragrances of the flowers and volatile oils.

Esters are mostly sedative and antispasmodic and generally non-irritant and mild, although some, like Methyl Salicylate, found in wintergreen, are more irritant.

 

Cineole: One of the two most important Monoterpene Oxides, the other is Ascaridole, Cineole is one of the most widely distributed constituents amongst plants as an oxidised product of monoterpenes. Cineole is often also called Eucalyptol, named so because it is the major component of Eucalyptus oil.

Cineole is a expectorant widely used in commercial cough lozenges. It has a reputation as a skin irritant amongst many practitioners but recent tests have failed to confirm this.

 

Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb. Limonene also has antiviral properties.

 

Coumarins: Coumarins are lactones of hydroxycinnamic acids. Coumarins are lactones. There are many variations of coumarins: Furanocoumarins found in Angelica have a spasmolitic effect but must be used with caution as they have a strong phototoxic effect as has many of the Furanocoumarins (Warfarin a blood thinning drug but also virulent rat poison, is a coumarin derivative). In general coumarins have antifungal, hypotensive, anticoagulant and antimicrobial properties.
Many of the Coumarins are phototoxic and skin sensitising.

Lactones: A lactone is an Ester that's functional group has become part of a ring structure with carbon atoms.

Lactones are widely present in the plant kingdom and many are expectorants and febrifuges.

 

Triterpenes: A very wide group of compounds that include saponins and steroids some of which could be harmful.

 

Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.

Laboratory experiments have been conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a component of this herb.

 
Perillyl alcohol

 

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