This variety of lavender is called lavandin, a cross between English lavender (L. angustifolia) and spike lavender (L. latifolia) cultivated in Spain and France.The purple flower buds are used whole in tea blends, custards, cakes, muffins and in other baked goods.
Common Name: Lavender
Scientific Name: This variety of lavender is called lavandin, a cross between English lavender (L. angustifolia) and spike lavender (L. latifolia) cultivated in Spain and France.
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Part Used: Above ground parts in flower, or flowers
- Energetics: bitter, drying, cooling
- Tissues: plasma, blood, muscles, marrow and nerve
- Systems: respiratory, digestive, nervous
- Actions: carminative, sedative, bitter, antidepressant, hypnotic, cholagogue, anti-microbial
- Precuaitons: large doses are emetic and may aggravate Vata
- Indications/Usages: Nervine - Lavender is a gentle sedative and can help with anxiety, stress and insomnia. It is often used in formula for the herbal treatment of depression as it has more immediate effects as compared to many of the slower-acting tonic antidepressants and adaptogens. Lavender with lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and lemon verbena (Aloysia citrodora) combined in tea helps lift the spirits. Lavender is also used to alleviate grief; it is often paired with the flowers of hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), rose (Rosa spp.), and mimosa (Albizia julibrissin). Lavender is a traditional remedy for headaches; both internally as a tea and externally as an essential oil, rubbed into the temples. Digestive - Lavender is slightly bitter and many herbalists use it as a hepatic and bile stimulant. It is also carminative and anti-inflammatory. Safe for children and the elderly, it can be used in the treatment of intestinal gas, irritable bowel syndrome, and nausea. Other gentle digestive aids, used in a similar vein, are catnip (Nepeta cataria), chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis).
- Preparation: Tea, tincture, infused oil, essential oil, sachet.
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