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Lavender

botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia

This aromatic, lilac-coloured shrub is world renowned for its calming and relaxing qualities. Used extensively in aromatherapy and in cosmetics.

Key Features:

- enhances emotional & mental well-being

- promotes a restful sleep

- supports digestion

What does it do?

Nervous or stress related exhaustion: lavender is a nootropic, meaning that it can help to enhance overall emotional and mental well-being. It is useful for helping to clear symptoms related to nervous debility, stress and exhaustion by tonifying and strengthening the nervous system. The antispasmodic nature helps to relieve headaches and muscle tension, while also stabilising blood pressure and heart rate.

Sleep support: it is useful in supporting symptoms related to insomnia and stress as it helps to relax the body, allowing recovery of the nerves and promoting a restful sleep. This is attributed to the presence of linalool, which has been shown to have sedative properties.

Antiseptic properties: the essential oil is a potent ally in combating a plethora of bacterial and fungal infections. When applied externally, it can be effective at demonstrating anti-inflammatory properties useful for wounds, insect bites, rashes, burns and other skin-related injuries. It can help to promote hair growth when applied to the scalp.

 

Digestive tract: an effective decongestant for stagnant digestion, particularly when related to stress - helping to alleviate gas, stomachache, acid indigestion, nausea etc. It does this by stimulating digestion while relaxing the enteric (digestive) nervous system.

Protective action within the brain: due to the presence of antioxidants, lavender is a potential agent against further degeneration of cognitive impairment by protecting against oxidative stress and improving cerebral circulation.

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Active Constituents

Volatile oil containing linalyl acetate, linalool (gives the distinct lavender smell), camphor etc,

tannins,

coumarins,

flavanoids

Parts Used

Flower,

Essential oil

Herbal Actions

Cooling

Antidepressant

Antispasmodic

Antiseptic

Carminative

Sedative

Applications

Teas,

Tinctures,

Salves,

Syrups,

Oils,

Aromatherapy

Precautions

Avoid excess quantities during pregnancy and lactation.