|Lavandula angustifolia is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae) and is native to Europe. Lavender flowers are primarily used as a mild sedative and lavender essential oil is used for pain, insect bites, burns, inflammation, small cuts, and other skin conditions.
The American Botanical Council (ABC) is passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs and medicinal plants. As an independent, nonprofit education organization, ABC is dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.
Please enjoy this information on lavender made available through the generosity of NAHA’s adoption.
Additional ABC Lavender Resources
Lavender flower monograph from Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs.
Lavender flower monograph from The Complete German Commission E Monographs—Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines.
Oral Lavender Oil Reduces Anxiety and Depression in Patients with Mixed Anxiety and Depressive Disorder 2016; 112:34-35
Lavender Aroma Increases Interpersonal Trust in Healthy Young Adults 2015; 108:34
Lavender Oil Aromatherapy Reduces Falls in Elderly Nursing Home Residents in Long-Term Trial 2013; 97:27
Lavender Oil Inhalation Prior to Surgery-Like Setting Reduces Perceptions of Stress and Pain 2011; 92:39
Lavender profile 2007; 73:1,4-5
Lavender Oil May Help Agitation in Severe Dementia 2003; 59:21
Aromatherapy Massage Treatment Improves Biomarkers of Stress and Immune Function HC# 091712-588, March 15, 2018
Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on Labor Pain and Duration HC# 011741-576, September 15, 2017
Lavender Oil Massage Significantly Reduces Pain in the Short Term for Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis HC# 011736-573, July 31, 2017
Inhaled Lavender Therapy Improves Well-being and Sleep Quality in College Students HC# 121632-571, June 30, 2017
Lavender Fragrance May Improve the Quality of Sleep for Postpartum Women HC# 071512-536, January 15, 2016
Oral Lavender Oil Product Effective and Safe in Generalized Anxiety Disorder HC# 031461-493, March 31, 2014
With Lavender Aromatherapy, Children Required Fewer Analgesics following Tonsillectomy HC# 101335-490, February 14, 2014
Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on Premenstrual Emotional Symptoms HC# 071354-486, December 13, 2013
Neurological Effects of Lavender Essential Oil HC# 061355-484, November 15, 2013
Oral Lavender Essential Oil Preparation Does Not Affect Cytochrome P450 (CYP) Enzymes HC# 041355-480, September 13, 2013
Abdominal Massage with Diluted Lavender Oil Decreases Symptoms of Infantile Colic HC# 081213-460, November 15, 2012
Review of Studies Assessing the Effect of Lavender on Anxiety HC# 051254-454, August 15, 2012
Lavender-scented Bath Oil Promotes Sleep and Reduces Stress in Infants HC# 020685-356, July 15, 2008
Lavender Shown to have Mild Relaxation Effects and May Benefit Coronary Circulation HC# 110573-352, May 15, 2008
Lavender Oil Aromatherapy Clinical Trial - A New Method for Future Trials HC# 010664-303, April 28, 2006
Lavender Oil's Antispasmodic Activity HC# 011103-179, June 30, 2000