Lavender

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Lavender is a plant that is commonly used as an essential oil and used for aromatherapy due to its benefits in reducing short-term anxiety, sleep quality, and insomia. Lavender can be taken as a supplement, used in aromatherapy, or applied topically during massages. Lavender has been used in different balms, perfumes, and cosmetics products since the 1920's. Lavender is used orally for the following:

  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Meteorism (abdominal swelling from gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Flatulence
  • Upset stomach
  • Giddiness
  • Migraine headaches
  • Toothaches
  • Sprains
  • Neuralgia
  • Rheumatism
  • Acne
  • Sores
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Promoting menstruation
  • Cancer

Topically, lavender is used for the following:

  • Alopecia areata
  • Pain
  • In baths for circulation disorders
  • Psychological well-being
  • As a mosquito repellent and insect repellent

By inhalation, lavender is used as aromatherapy for insomnia, pain, and agitation related to dementia. In foods and beverages, lavender is used as a flavor component. In manufacturing, lavender is utilized in pharmaceutical products and as a fragrance ingredient in soaps and cosmetics. 

Also known as:  Alhucema, Common Lavender, English Lavender, French Lavender, Garden Lavender, Huile Essentielle de Lavande, Lavanda, Lavande, Lavande à Feuilles Étroites, Lavande Anglaise, Lavande Commune, Lavande des Alpes, Lavande du Jardin, Lavande Espagnole, Lavande Fine, Lavande Française, Lavande Officinale, Lavande Vraie, Lavandula, Lavender Essential Oil, Ostokhoddous, Spanish Lavender, Spike Lavender, True Lavender

Diseases and Conditions

Lavender is used orally for the following:

  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Meteorism (abdominal swelling from gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Flatulence
  • Upset stomach
  • Giddiness
  • Migraine headaches
  • Toothaches
  • Sprains
  • Neuralgia
  • Rheumatism
  • Acne
  • Sores
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Promoting menstruation
  • Cancer

Topically, lavender is used for the following:

  • Alopecia areata
  • Pain
  • In baths for circulation disorders
  • Psychological well-being
  • As a mosquito repellent and insect repellent

When lavender oil is used in aromatherapy techniques, a signficant reduction in the feeling of anxiety has been reported.

Lavender is possibly effective for alopecia areata, canker sores, fall prevention, and postoperative pain.

Lavender is possibly ineffective for cancer-related pain, dementia, and post-partum complications.

Safety

Lavendar essential oil holds a GRAS(Generally Recognized as Safe) status in the U.S. under the FDA. When used topically, lavender may irritate the skin.

Medication Interactions

Lavender may interact with estrogen and testostrone hormones. Patients should not mix lavender with hormones or hormone-containing drugs such as birth control.

Supplement and Food Interactions

Lavender may interact with estrogen and testostrone hormones. Patients should not mix lavender with hormones or hormone-promoting supplements. They should also not mix lavender with lemon balm oil, as this combination could result in a depressive state.

Dosage

The correct dosage of any supplement requires a comprehensive analysis of many factors including your age, sex, health conditions, DNA, andlifestyle. 

To supplement with lavender, take 80 – 160 mg of a supplement containing 25 – 46% linalool. For armoatherpay purposes, use in a ventilated room for no more than 30 minutes.

Foods

Lavender is used as a flavor component in various types of foods.

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References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18957173
  2. https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/references.aspx?productid=838
  3. https://examine.com/supplements/lavender/
  4. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=182.20

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