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Information about Lavender

Lavender, also called English Lavender, is an aromatic oil extracted from the flowers or leaves of the popular garden flower, Lavandula angustifolia.  Extracts, oils and teas made from lavender are used for its soothing qualities as a sedative, mild analgesic and sleep medication. 

Liver safety of Lavender

Lavender has not been implicated in causing serum enzyme elevations or clinically apparent liver injury.

Mechanism of action of Lavender

Lavender (lav' end der) generally describes the aromatic oil extract from the flowers and leaves of lavender plants (Lavandula angustifolia, formerly L. officinalis).  English lavender is a popular ornamental plant, known for is aroma, distinctive color and ease of cultivation.  The extracts contain volatile oils, consisting chiefly of monoterpenes, linalool and linalyl acetate and carohyllene epoxide.  Lavender has multiple biologic effects in vitro and in vivo, including antiinflammatory, antilipidemic, antimicrobial, antineoplastic, analgesic and sedative effects.  In humans, lavender has been claimed to induce relaxation and sedation and has been used to treat nervousness and insomnia.  It also may have analgesic effects and is used in circulatory disorders, dyspepsia and depression as well as for hair loss.  Lavender oils are commonly used in aromatherapy and are found in many skin lotions, creams, soaps and cosmetics.  Lavender can also be taken as an herbal tea, inhaled or applied topically.  When taken orally, it is usually diluted as a tincture with alcohol. 

Use in many creams

Lavender has not been approved for use in any medical condition in the United States, but it is found in hundreds of herbal creams, lotions, bath oils and aromatic inhalants. 

Side effects of Lavender

Side effects are rare, but may include headache, constipation, dyspepsia and eructation.

Herbal and dietary supplements

Chinese and Other Asian Herbal Medicines

Multi-Ingredient Nutritional Supplements

See also Nutritional supplements
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