Published December 5, 1984; Revised March 13, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)
Lavandulae flos, lavender flower.
Lavender flower consists of the dried flower of Lavandula angustifolia Miller [Fam. Lamiaceae], gathered shortly before fully unfolding, as well as its preparations in effective dosage.
The drug contains at least 1.5 percent (v/w) essential oil with linalyl acetate, linalool, camphor, ß-ocimene, and 1,8-cineol as its main components. Furthermore, the drug contains about 12 percent tannins unique to the family Lamiaceae.
Mood disturbances such as restlessness or insomnia, functional abdominal complaints (nervous stomach irritations, Roehmheld syndrome, meteorism, nervous intestinal discomfort). For balneotherapy:
Treatment of functional circulatory disorders. Contraindications None known.
Unless otherwise prescribed:
1 - 2 teaspoons of drug per cup of water. Lavender oil:
1 - 4 drops (ca. 20 - 80 mg), e.g., on a sugar cube. External use as bath additive:
20 - 100 g of drug for a 20 liter bath. Mode of Administration As herb for preparations of tea, as extract and as bath additive.
Note: Combinations with other sedative and/or carminative herbs may be beneficial.