Lavender flower (Lavandulae flos)

Published December 5, 1984; Revised March 13, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Lavendelblüten

Name of Drug

Lavandulae flos, lavender flower.

Composition of Drug

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.

Uses

Internal:

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.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Internal:

As tea:
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.

Actions

Internal:

Sedative Antiflatulent