Lavender (Lavandula spp) Monograph

eLAVENDER-botanicalLavender (Lavandula spp)
Family: Lamiaceae
Common medicinal properties: Analgesic, AntiCancer, Antifungal,  Antioxidant,  Antiperspirant, Antirheumatic, AntiViral, Aromatic, Cardiac tonic cordial, Chlagogue, Cicatrisant, Cytophylactic, Deodorant/Perfumes, Diaporetic/Sudorific, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Hypotensive, Insect repellents, Muscle Relaxant, Nervine, Parturient, Sedative, Splenic, Vermifuge, Vulnerary
Current Research:
Migraine. Some research suggests that rubbing 2 or 3 drops of lavender oil on the upper lip, so that the vapor is inhaled, might reduce migraine pain and nausea, and help stop the headache spreading.
Contraindications:Sedative medications (Barbiturates) interacts with LAVENDER, Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with LAVENDER

Parts Used: Flowers, leaves and stems

Constituents: volatile oil (up to 1.5%, containing linabol, linalyl acetate, lavendulyl acetate, terpinenol, cineole, camphor, borneol, pinene, limonene), tannins, coumarins (coumarin, umbelliferone, hemiarin), flavonoids, triterpenoids, rosmarinic acid

Energetics:  Cool and Dry

Folk applications: Clothing smelling of lavender attracts love (thus the drawer sachets). Rub lavender against anything you want to attract a man. It is burned or smoldered to induce peacefulness and rest. It is carried to see ghosts.

Balancing a sluggish Muladhara

When your Root Chakra (Muladhara) is sluggish you are poorly grounded and have trouble functioning on the physical plane. Try some of these to connect more fully to the material.

  • Choose one or two of your favorite items and think about the way you use them in the physical world. Thank them for helping to ground you.
  • Drink a long steeped hibiscus tea
  • Add more whole grains into your diet
  • Wear dark reds to strengthen the chakra
  • Treat yourself to a deep aromatherapy mister with vetiver and cedar.
  • Carry or wear a deep red jasper stone

Balancing an overcharged Muladhara

If your root chakra is overcharged it means you are relying too heavily on the material realm for your sense of security. Here are some great ways to work towards balance.

  • Clean out a closet, drawer or box that is full of things you don’t need. Keep only what you know will be used in the coming year.
  • Take a nice relaxing pink colored bath to lighten up that deep heavy red chakra (wearing pink is also helpful).
  • Treat yourself to a nice lightening aromatherapy mister with sage and geranium.
  • Carry or wear pink quartz