Lavender (lavender)

Summary

Medicinal plant used internally to treat anxiety or nervousness, and externally to disinfect minor wounds. It can be found in capsule or liquid form.

names

English name: lavender, lavender
Binomial name: Lavandula angustifolia Mill.
French name: lavande , lavande vraie
English name: lavender
German name: Lavendel
Italian name: lavender

Family

Lamiaceae

Constituents

lavender essential oils

Note: the flowers have a typical violet color, close to indigo. Lavender flowers attract bees and are therefore honeydew.

parts used

dried flowers

lavender properties

For internal use:
Soothing, mild sleep aid (sleep disorders), anxiolytic

In external use:
Disinfectant, hyperemicant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial

Indications 

In internal use:
Anxiety , nervousness, sleep disorders , stress , headache , migraine , vertigo, cough .

Note: in cases of internal use of lavender (eg essential oil-based capsule) to treat anxiety or nervousness, the anxiolytic effect may take days or weeks before it appears.

In external use:
Light wounds, lice (essence to apply on the back of the neck), acne , burns , insect bites , headache (in massage).

Secundary effects

Internal use in cases of anxiety (eg capsules based on Lavandula angustifolia essential oil ) can lead to the appearance of some side effects such as digestive disturbances (reflux, nausea) and allergic skin reactions.

contraindications

In the case of internal use, in the form of essential oil, lavender is contraindicated mainly in cases of pregnancy and lactation.
Essential oil for internal use is also not recommended in cases of hypersensitivity or allergy to the plant.

Interactions

We don’t know.

Lavender-based preparations

– Lavender infusion

– Lavender capsules

– Lavender bath

– Lavender essential oil

– Spray against mycoses

– Tincture of lavender

– Lavender for sleeping

Plant it yourself!

True lavender does not like pots because it emits roots that are able to draw water in depth. Prune this species at the end of flowering, taking care not to be too severe and never scissor the old wood. Always leave at least 5 to 6 leaves on the cut stem.

Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia species ) reaches a height of between 50 and 100 cm.
Lavender grows well in arid lands such as rocks and scrublands. Lavender blooms in Europe between June and September.

Comments

– Lavender is a very common plant in France and the Midi (Provence), and many residents of that region harvest it and distil it through an apparatus to obtain an essential oil. It can also be used as an infusion for nervousness and anxiety disorders.

– This plant has an extraordinary scent and can be used for various purposes, try it.

– Lavender essential oil is a good oil to treat acne. This is the only essential oil that can be applied pure directly to the skin, but be careful with your eyes.

Simply apply directly to acne once a day. This essential oil disinfects and helps the skin to heal. It is advisable to apply it at bedtime, since lavender, in addition to the good smell, can cause drowsiness.

– Lavender is also widely used in perfumery, it forms part, along with other medicinal plants, such as melissa and rosemary, of the original recipe for Água de Cologne. It is a perfume created by the Italian Giovanni Maria Farina (1685-1766), and was named after the German city (Cologne), where he lived.

– There are about 30 species of lavender. In addition to Lavandula angustifolia (as described in this file), Lavandula latifolia and Lavandula x intermedia can be found.

– Lavender belongs to Provencal herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, hyssop, sage, fennel, etc. These plants grow in dry, warm conditions during the “ belle saison ”, which starts in late spring, through summer and into early autumn, just like in the south of France.

– Several scientific studies have shown a positive effect of lavender (the Lavandula angustifolia species ) on anxiety, especially in the form of essential oil-based capsules. We can cite the study carried out by Kasper S. from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, on the effectiveness of lavender essential oil in people with anxiety and depressive disorders (study name in English: Efficacy of Silexan in mixed anxiety-depression – A randomized, placebo-controlled trial ).
The results of this study showed superior efficacy of lavender essential oil compared to placebo in anxiety and depression disorders (disease classification: ICD-10 F41.2). This study was published in 2016 in the specialized journal European Neuropsychopharmacology.

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