Medicine in your garden series - LavenderThere have been clinical studies done on both the herb and the essential oil of lavender, this information along with traditional uses show lavender to be helpful for calming and sedating. It is balancing on the central nervous system, and can, in large doses, be stimulating instead of calming.
Lavender Essential OilThe essential oil can help in a multitude of minor first aid situations, as it is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory for wounds or insect bites, antispasmodic and pain relieving for muscle pain, PMS or headaches. As it is safe to use undiluted, this one essential oil above all others is the one to have on hand for quick easy treatment.
When to use LavenderHelpful as an anxiolytic and antidepressant, the following are specific conditions for which this herbis indicated:
- nervous stomach irritation
Care neededAlthough considered a safe herb, even natural medicines need care. Always tell your doctor of any supplements you are taking. Care should be exercised using Lavender in the following:
- With antidepressants or pharmaceutical sedatives there maybe an add on effect, as such, should only be used in combination under the supervision or a practitioner.
- Although the essential oil is safe to use externally, there is no safety data on using Lavender internally (in any form) in pregnancy.