Plant family: Labiatae (Mint family)
Part used: flower spike
Taste: bitter, aromatic
Historical commentary: In ancient times, lavender was mainly used as a topical antiseptic.
Sedative: for restlessness, insomnia, and nervous stomach or intestinal disorders.
Digestive aid: improves appetite.
Modern findings: Lavender has strong antiseptic properties.
Dosage: 0.5-1.5 grams.
Active constituents: The essential oils (mainly monoterpenes, such as linalool) are the main active constituent, making up 1.5-3.0% of the flower. The flower also contains tannins (5-10%), coumarins, flavonoids, and terpenes that may contribute to the antiseptic action.
Cautions: none known.
Künzle Formula: Tea for Sleep.