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Dec 17th, 2013

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Lavender

Also indexed as:Lavandula officinalis, Lavender Oil, Silexan
Lavender: Main Image © Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Lavandula officinalis

Parts Used & Where Grown

Eastern European countries, particularly Bulgaria, as well as France, Britain, Australia, and Russia grow large quantities of lavender. The fragrant flowers of lavender are used in the preparation of herbal medicines.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Anxiety
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
In a double-blind trial, a proprietary lavender oil preparation (silexan) provided significant symptom relief to people with generalized anxiety disorder.
Insomnia
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
Lavender oil's aroma is known to be calming and may be helpful in some cases of insomnia.
Perineal Pain after Childbirth
Add several drops to a bath2 stars[2 stars]
In one study, adding lavender oil to a bath helped relieve perineal pain after childbirth.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Lavender is a gas-relieving herb that may be helpful in calming an upset stomach.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Traditionally, herbalists used lavender for a variety of conditions of the nervous system, including depression and fatigue.1 It has also been used for headache and rheumatism. Due to its delightful odor, lavender has found wide application in perfumes and cosmetics throughout history.

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