Lavendula angustifolia

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.