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A Little Bit About Lavender

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Botanical Name Lavandula Angustifolia, Lavandula Officinalis.

Common Name English, French, Garden, Spike, Sweet And True Lavender

Family Name Labiatae

TCM Name Xun Yi Cao  

Meridians: Heart, Pericardium, Lungs, Kidney

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Clears Heat/Expels Toxicity: palpation’s, anger, acne, wounds, lice, scabies, intestinal worms, scalds, sore throat, cough. Expels Wind/Relieves Itching: cold and flu caused by wind heat, fever, eczema, rashes (including nettle rash), bites and headaches. Reduces Inflammation: eye infections, ulcers, gangrene. Circulates Qi: asthma, bronchitis, depression, flatulence, low back pain. Promotes Menstration/Aids Childbirth: infertility, expels after birth, soothes child birthing.

Parts Used The Flowers

Habitat Lavender Is A Hardy Perennial That Is Native To The Mountainous Zones Of Mediterranean Countries. It Grows In Sunny, Dry, Well-drained Habitats And Thrives In Sandy Or Stony Soil Types. This Medicinal And Culinary Herb Is Seen Throughout Southern Europe, Australia And North America And Is A Common Garden Addition Due Its Lovely Color And Fragrance.

Botanical Description There Are 25 To 30 Species Of Lavender That Belong To The Mint Family, Lamiaceae, But It Is Lavandula Angustifolia And Lavandula Officinalis That Are Most Commonly Cultivated At A Commercial-scale. The Name Lavender Comes From The Latin Word Lavare, Which Means “To Wash”, And Refers To Its Long Time Use In Bath Water To Soothe And Calm As Well As Ease Muscle Pain. The Plant Is A Heavily Branched Perennial Shrub That Only Reaches About 2 Feet In Height. The Branches Are Woody And Have Upright, Rod-like, Leafy Green Shoots. The Thin Gray-green Opposing Leaves Are Covered By A Silvery Down. Plants Bloom From June To September And The Flowers Are Arranged In Spirals Of 6 To 10 Blossoms Perched Atop Spikes Above The Foliage. Colour Can Range From Pale Pink, Dark Purple, Blue-violet, White, Or Magenta Depending On The Variety. It Is The Blossoms That Contain The Fragrant Lavender Oil. This Herb Is Vulnerable To Spittle Bugs And Caterpillars, As Well As Fungal Diseases And Root Rot If There Is Insufficient Drainage.

Constituents: Volatile Oil (Up To 3% Of Over 40 Constituents Including Linalyl Acetate [30-60%], Cineole [10%], Linalool [20-50%], Nerol, Borneol And Others) Coumarins (Including Umbelliferone And Herniarin) Tannins, Caffeic Acid Derivatives (Including Rosmaric Acid), Flavonoids, Triterpenoids

Taste: Pungent, A Bit Bitter

Energy: Cool & Drying

Works Well With: Chamomile, Rose, Lime Flowers (For High Blood Pressure). But It Blends Well With Pretty Much Anything

Systems & Organs Affected: Lungs, Skin, Nerves, Digestion


Lavender Is Perhaps Best Known For Its Calming And Soothing Effects. There Is Evidence That It May Slow The Activity Of The Nervous System And Therefore Promote Relaxation, Improve Sleep Quality And Bring About Emotional Balance. For This Reason, It Is Often Used In Combination With Other Herbal Remedies As It Treats Physical Symptoms With A Nervous Element, Such As Tension Induced Headaches, Heart Palpitations, Or Stress Related Digestive Issues. Lavender’s Calming Effect On The Nervous System Has Also Made It A Valuable Herbal Remedy For The Treatment Of Insomnia. Traditionally, Lavender Flowers Were Stuffed Into Pillows To Help Restless People Sleep And Today It Is A Common Ingredient In Baby Bath Soaps To Promote Restful Sleep. This Medicinal Herb Is Used Topically To Treat Fungal Infections, Wounds, Eczema, Varicose Ulcers, Sunburned Skin And Acne. Lavender Is Thought To Be A Useful Herbal Remedy For Many Symptoms Associated With Menstruation And Other Female Related Ailments. Its Anti-spasmodic Effect May Relieve Menstrual Cramps And It Could Be Useful In Relieving Headaches And Exhaustion As Well As Improving Mood. It Is Also Thought To Stimulate Blood Flow To The Pelvic Area And Uterus And Therefore Stimulate Menstruation. Recent Studies Have Indicated That The Herb Used As Aromatherapy Could Be Helpful As Herbal Remedy For Dementia. The Herb Is Currently Being Investigated For Its Antiviral And Antibacterial Properties. It Contains Volatile Oils Known To Have Significant Antiseptic Value. Evidence Suggests That Lavender Is An Effective Natural Treatment For Pathogenic Bacteria Such As The Strains Responsible For Diphtheria And Typhoid, As Well As Streptococcus And Pneumococcus. Its Antiseptic Qualities, Which Are Enhanced When Used In Conjunction With Tea Tree Oil, Also Make Lavender Useful In Treating Wounds And Insect Bites. When Lavender Oil Is Used Topically As A Chest Rub, It Is A Traditional Treatment For Relief Of Symptoms Associated With Common Colds, Chronic Coughs, Asthma, Persistent Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Flu, Persistent Tonsillitis, And Laryngitis. Many Digestive Disorders Have Been Treated Naturally With Lavender. It May Soothe Muscle Spasms And Ease Colic, Relieve Abdominal Distension, Persistent Flatulence, Spells Of Nausea, Diarrhea And Indigestion. It Is Also Believed To Boost Flagging Appetites. Lavender Oil Has Been Used On The Scalp To Help Treat Head Lice But Also To Promote Hair Growth Among Patients With The Autoimmune Disease Alopecia Areata. The Plant Has Also Been Used As An Herbal Treatment For Halitosis And Mouth Ulcers When Used As A Mouthwash.

The Scent Of The Lavender Has Been Prized For Thousands Of Years And The Plant Has Been Valued As A Scented Herb In Many Civilizations Of The Past. The Mind And The Body Can Be Relaxed And Soothed Down By The Inhalation Of An Herbal Infusion Or Herbal Tincture Made From The Essential Oil Of The Lavender, Smelling The Lavender Flowers Also Induces This Effect In The Body. The Herbal Remedy Made From The Herb Is Effective In The Treatment Of Prolonged Anxiety, Chronic And Persistent Nervousness, As Well As In Alleviating The Physical Symptoms Induced By Excessive Stress Such As Tension Headaches, Persistent Migraine, Cardiac Palpitations And Sleep Disorders Like Insomnia. The Emotions Are Said To Be Brought Into Balance By The Application Of Lavender Oil, It Is Said To Elevate Flagging Spirits, Helping In Relieving Depression And Enabling The Person To Overcome Inner Disharmony And Mental Problems. The Stimulating Effect Of The Lavender Is Another Potent Property Of The Herb, The Remedy Brings A Tonic Effect On The Nervous System, And It Helps To Restore The Vitality To Individuals Affected By Long Term Nervous Exhaustion And Mental Trauma.

The Disorders Of The Digestive Tract In Particular Are Greatly Eased By The Relaxing Effect Of The Lavender, The Herbal Remedy Soothes Muscle Spasms And Eases Colic Related To Mental Tension And Anxiety. It Is Also Very Effective In Helping Relieve Abdominal Distension, In Relieving Persistent Flatulence, Spells Of Nausea As Well As Indigestion. The Lavender Herbal Remedy Boosts A Flagging Appetite, Enabling The Person To Absorb The Maximum Amount Of Nutrients From The Diet. The Volatile Oils In The Lavender Are A Powerful Antiseptic, And Have Been Shown To Have A Good Effect Against Pathogenic Bacteria Such As The Strains Responsible For Diseases Like Diphtheria And Typhoid, It Is Very Potent Against The Streptococcus And Pneumococcus Strains Of Bacteria. The Herbal Remedy Can Be Taken In The Form Of An Herbal Tea, It Can Also Be Inhaled As Dispersed Oil Or Used As A Vapor Rub. Used Topically, The Lavender Is Capable Of Alleviating Common Colds, Chronic Coughs, Problems Such As Asthma And Persistent Bronchitis, Problems Like Pneumonia, The Flu, Persistent Tonsillitis And Laryngitis In Affected Individuals. A Lavender Herbal Tea Or Tincture Is Also Useful For The Treatment Of Stomach And Bowel Infections That Are Accompanied By Vomiting Or Diarrhea As Symptoms.

When Prepared In The Form Of A Hot Herbal Tea, The Remedy Made From Lavender Induces Sweating And Helps Reduce The Elevated Body Temperatures In Case Of Fevers. The Body Is Also Detoxified By The Lavender Remedy; The Herb Rapidly Eliminates Accumulated Toxins In The Body Through The Skin And The Urine As A Result Of Its Mild Diuretic Effect.

The Remedy Made From The Lavender Herb Is Also Very Effective As An External Disinfectant In The Treatment Of All Kinds Of Cuts And Wounds, Helping Heal All Kinds Of Sores And Ulcers On The Body. The Tissue Repair And Restoration Process In The Body Is Also Stimulated By The Herbal Remedy Resulting In The Minimisation Of Scar Formation Especially When The Volatile Oil Is Applied Next To The Burns. The Diluted Oil Is Used In The Treatment Of Disorders Such As Eczema, Chronic Acne And Varicose Ulcers In The Affected Person.


Scientist Have Been Researching The Main Chemical Constituents Of The Essential Oil For Many Decades Now, From The Results, It Is Believed To Have A Very Low Toxicity In The Human Body And Possesses Significant Antiseptic And Bactericidal Effects. Nervous Excitability, Irritability And Pain Are Also Reduced By The Lavender.

The Flowers Of The Lavender Plant Taken As A Whole Are Also Believed To Have Potent Bactericidal And Anti-septic Effects. The Remedy Made From Lavender Calms The Nerves, Helps In Reducing Muscular Tension, And Actively Relieves Muscular Cramps And Excess Gas In The Abdominal Region. The Insecticide And Rubefacient Effects Of The Lavender Are Also Potent As A Topical Remedy. Rubefacient Means Irritant And Stimulating Effects On The Local Circulation In An Area.

How It Works On The Body

The Remedy Made From The Lavender Induces A Calming And Relaxing Effect On The Human Body, Making It An Effective Remedy To Treat The Disorders Affecting Various Organ Systems In The Body. The Remedy Made From The Lavender Is Very Effective In Treating Disorders Affecting The Digestive System, It Helps Calm Problems Such As Indigestion And Alleviates Related Physical Symptoms Including Excess Abdominal Wind And Bloating In The Stomach. The Lavender Is Used For The Treatment Of Chronic Headaches, To Treat Long Term Depression, And Sleeplessness - It Is Also Useful In Treating Other Problems Affecting The Nervous System. The Remedy Made From The Lavender Is Also Useful In The Treatment Of Asthma And Related Respiratory Problems, Particularly In Cases Where A Nervous Element Contributes To The Physical Symptoms In The Disease. The Lavender Remedy Is Also Useful In The Treatment Of Topical Problems, When Added To Different Creams And Rubbing Oils - It Can Be Effective As A Rub In Treating Arthritic Complaints Of All Kinds. The Lavender Also Effectively Acts As A Painkiller Remedy And Helps Relieve Painful Joints And Related Arthritic Type Conditions. The Remedy Is Also Beneficial In Treating Nerve Pain And Neuralgia, The External Remedy Is Useful And Helpful When Included In Creams And Oils Meant For Topical Use.


Herbal Actions

Antiseptic, Antidepressant, Antibacterial, Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Circulatory Stimulant, Carminative, Nervous System Tonic, Promotes Bile Flow, Relaxant, Rubefacient, Sedative, Anticonvulsant


There Are No Known Interactions Between Lavender And Conventional Medications, However, Because It Stimulates Relaxation, It May Increase The Effects Of Depressants Such As Morphine Or Oxycodone, As Well As Anti-anxiety Agents Or Sedatives. It May Also Increase The Sedative Effect Of Antihistamines. The Oil Is Toxic If Taken In Large Doses Orally. It Can Induce Drowsiness And Muscular Convulsions. Direct Contact Should Also Be Avoided Around Eyes Or Mucous Membranes Such As Lips And Nostrils. Some People May Have Allergies To Lavender; Dermatitis, Nausea, Vomiting, Headache And Chills Are Reported Side Effects In These Cases. Pregnant Or Breastfeeding Women Should Avoid Use Of Lavender.


Bartrams Encyclopedia Medical Herbalism


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