LAVENDER

Lipstick & Roses Ingredient

Other Names:

Garden Lavender, L. Officinalis, Chaix., L. vera D.C. Spike Lavender is L. Latifolia Medic., “Lavandin” is a hybrid of variations.

Parts Used:

Flowers & Essential Oil

Skin Type:

All Skin Types; especially good for acne-prone, oily and mature/dry skins.

Comedogenicity Rating:

unknown

Natural SPF:

essential oil SPF 6

Region of Origin, Cultivation & History:

native to the Mediterranean area; ancient Romans used Lavender to scent clothing and added to baths.

Constituents:

linalyl acetatelinalool, lavandulyl acetate,  borneolcamphorlimonene, caryophyllene, 4-butanolide, umbelliferone, herniarin, coumarin, dihydrocoumarin, ursolic acid, luteolin, rosmarinic acid

Health & Beauty Benefits:

carminative, sedative, spasmolytic, anticonvulsant, antidepressant; Lavender is used for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, and depression. It is also used for a variety of digestive complaints including meteorism (abdominal swelling from gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity), loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas (flatulence), and upset stomach.

Some people use lavender for painful conditions including migraineheadaches, toothaches, sprains, nerve pain, sores, and joint pain. It is also used for acne and cancer, and to promote menstruation.

Lavender is applied to the skin for hair loss (alopecia areata) and pain, and to repel mosquitoes and other insects.

Some people add lavender to bathwater to treat circulation disorders and improve mental well being.

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 used in pharmaceutical products and as a fragrance ingredient in soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, potpourri, and decorations.

Warnings/Contraindications:

Avoid in large quantities.  Can be a possible stomach irritant.  Only use in small quantities and externally.

Lavender is LIKELY SAFE for most adults in food amounts. It’s POSSIBLY SAFEwhen taken by mouth, applied to the skin, or inhaled in medicinal amounts.

When taken by mouth, lavender can cause constipation, headache, and increased appetite. When applied to the skin, lavender can sometimes cause irritation.

Children: Applying products to the skin that contain lavender oil is POSSIBLY UNSAFE for young boys who have not yet reached puberty. Lavender oil seems to have hormone effects that could disrupt the normal hormones in a boy’s body. In some cases, this has resulted in boys developing abnormal breast growth called gynecomastia. The safety of these products when used by young girls is not known.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking lavender if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Surgery: Lavender might slow down the central nervous system. If used in combination with anesthesia and other medications given during and after surgery, it might slow down the central nervous system too much. Stop using lavender at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

 

  • Chloral Hydrate interacts with LAVENDER
    Chloral hydrate causes sleepiness and drowsiness. Lavender seems to increase the effects of chloral hydrate. Taking lavender along with chloral hydrate might cause too much sleepiness.
  • Sedative medications (Barbiturates) interacts with LAVENDER
    Lavender might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking lavender along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.Some sedative medications include amobarbital (Amytal), butabarbital (Butisol), mephobarbital (Mebaral), pentobarbital (Nembutal), phenobarbital (Luminal), secobarbital (Seconal), and others.
  • Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with LAVENDER
    Lavender might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking lavender along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.

 

“Lavender” Potters Herbal Encyclopedia (Williamson) [CW Daniel Company Limited 2003] pgs. 260-261

“Lavender”  The Healing Nature of Herbs:  87 herbs and their medicinal properties.  Power Publishing, Cyprus 2003.  pgs 151-153

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