Lavender

 

LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA

COMMON NAME : Lavender

FAMILY  :        Lamiaceae (Mint family)


HABITAT / GROWING :

Highly aromatic undershrub found in dry stony places in the Mediterranean.


PARTS USED :  flowering spikes with upper leaves.


TRADITIONAL & MODERN USE:

Taken internally or inhaled for anxiety, depression, headache, insomnia, hypertension.

Essential oil used topically as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic to treat rheumatic pain, bites, wounds, burns

and as an insect repellent.


Lavender flower is well-known for its action on the nervous system, especially the brain and autonomic functions. It can selectively inhibit either sympathetic or parasympathetic activity. It can therefore exert a sedative or stimulant action depending on need. Lavender excels at acute crisis management as well as emotional crises of all kinds. It assists responses to unproductive stress of any kind, adaptively moderating its impact and lessening any resultant symptoms.


Tranquilising, antidepressant and antispasmodic.


CONSTITUENTS:

·        Volatile oil containing linalyl acetate.