- 1 Other names
- 2 Synonyms
- 3 Information about Lavender
- 4 Liver safety of Lavender
- 5 Mechanism of action of Lavender
- 6 Ornamental plant
- 7 Health benefits
- 8 Herbal medicine
- 9 Use in aromatherapy
- 10 Use in herbal tea
- 11 Use in many creams
- 12 Side effects of Lavender
- 13 Evidence
- 14 Safety
- 15 External links
- 16 References
English lavender, common lavender, French lavender
Latin Names: Lavandula angustifolia
- Stoechas Mill.
- Fabricia Adans.
- Styphonia Medik.
- Chaetostachys Benth.
- Sabaudia Buscal. & Muschl.
- Plectranthus mona lavender
- Isinia Rech.f.
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.
Use in aromatherapy
Lavender oils are commonly used in aromatherapy and are found in many skin lotions, creams, soaps and cosmetics.
Use in herbal tea
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.
- There is little scientific evidence of lavender’s effectiveness for most health uses.
- Results of a 1998 study suggested that massaging the scalp with a combination of lavender oil and oils from other herbs may help with hair loss from a condition called alopecia areata.
- Topical use of diluted lavender oil is generally considered safe for most adults, but reports suggest it can cause skin irritation.
- There’s not enough evidence to determine its safety when inhaled as aromatherapy.
- Some evidence suggests that some topical applications containing lavender oil may affect sex hormone activity.
- Lavender oil may be poisonous if taken by mouth.
- Lavender extracts may cause stomach upset, joint pain, or headache.
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