Names : Garden Lavender.
Habitat : Native to the Mediterranean region, cultivated elsewhere.
Collection : The flowers should be gathered just before opening between June and
September. They should be dried gently at a temperature not above 35 degrees C.
Part Used : Flowers.
Constituents : o Volatile oil, containing linalyl acetate, with linalool,
lavandulyl acetate, borneol, camphor, limonene, cadinene, caryophyllene,
o Coumarins; Umbelliferone, herniarin, coumarin, dihydrocoumarin.
o Miscellaneous: triterpenes e.g. ursolic acid, flavonoids e.g. luteolin.
Actions : Carminative, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, rubefacient, emmenagogue,
Indications : This beautiful herb has many uses, culinary, cosmetic and
medicinal. It is an effective herb for headaches, especially when they are
related to stress. Lavender can be quite effective in the clearing of
depression, especially if used in conjunction with other remedies. As a gentle
strengthening tonic of the nervous system it may be used in states of nervous
debility and exhaustion. It can be used to soothe and promote natural sleep.
Externally the oil may be used as a stimulating liniment to help ease the aches
and pains of rheumatism.
Combinations : For depression it will combine well with Rosemary, Kola or
Preparations & Dosage : Infusion: to take internally, pour a cup of boiling
water onto 1 teaspoonful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.
This can be drunk three times a day. External use: the oil should not be taken
internally but can be inhaled, rubbed on the skin or used in baths.
The herbalist by David Hoffman, (c)1993 David Hoffman, Hopkins Technology