Lavandula angustifolia


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lavender

(lav-uhn-der) ,

Lavandula angustifolia

(trade name),

alhucema

(trade name)

Classification

Therapeutic: hair regrowth stimulants
Alopecia areata.Depression.Insomnia.

Action

Lavender decreases EEG potentials and decreases alertness and seems to induce relaxation and sedation. Lavender's stimulant effect on hair growth is not fully understood.

Therapeutic effects

Improved hair growth.
Improved sleep.

Pharmacokinetics

Absorption: Unknown
Distribution: Unknown
Metabolism and Excretion: Unknown
Half-life: Unknown

Time/action profile

ONSETPEAKDURATION
PO, topicalunknownunknownunknown

Contraindications/Precautions

Contraindicated in: Hypersensitivity.Pregnancy.
Use Cautiously in: Children (topical use in prepubertal boys may result in gynecomastia).Discontinue use 2 weeks prior to elective surgical procedures (additive CNS depressant effects with anesthetic agents).

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

Central nervous system

  • headache

Dermatologic

  • dermatitis (with topical use)

Gastrointestinal

  • constipation
  • increased appetite

Endocrinologic

  • gynecomastia (with topical use in prepubertal boys)

Interactions

Lavender can potentiate the therapeutics effects of barbiturates,chloral hydrate, andCNS depressants. None.
Oral (Adults) Depression–60 drops/day tincture of lavender (1:5 in 50% alcohol) for 4 weeks.
Topical (Adults) Alopecia areata—3 drops (108 mg) of lavender oil
Inhalation (Adults) Insomnia—vaporized lavender oil has been used as aromatherapy

Availability

Dried flower: Essential oil:

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess mood and sleep pattern periodically during therapy.
  • Lab Test Considerations: Monitor lipid levels and coagulation panel periodically during therapy.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Sleep deprivation (Indications)

Implementation

  • Oral: Diluted tincture may be taken in alcohol or tea.
  • Topical: Combine with other essential oils and massage into scalp nightly for 2 minutes with a warm towel around head to increase absorption.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Instruct patient to dilute and take as directed. Undiluted essential oil of lavender may be poisonous if taken by mouth.
  • Instruct patient in correct technique for use for alopecia.
  • Advise female patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Improvement in sleep pattern and mood.
  • Reduction of alopecia.
A perennial herb that contains coumarins—e.g., coumarin and umbelliferone, flavonoids, tannins, triterpenoids, and volatile oils. Lavender is said to have antibacterial, carminative and sedative effects

Lavandula angustifolia,

n See lavender.
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Silexan (1) is an essential oil produced from fresh Lavandula angustifolia flowers by steam distillation that has been licensed in Germany as herbal medicinal product for the treatment of states of restlessness during anxious mood (Uehleke et at.
Antifungal activity of Lavandula angustifolia essential oil against Candida albicans yeast and mycelial form.
Recently, an essential oil of selected quality produced from the flowering tops of Lavandula angustifolia Mill.
INCI: Origanum vulgare leaf extract, thynms vulgaris (thyme) extract, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, hydrastis canadensis (golden seal) root extract
INCI: Origanum vulgare leaf extract, thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract, cinnamomum zeylancum bark extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, hydrastis canadensis (golden seal) root extract
Among the more endemic species known to have medicinal value are Lavandula angustifolia Mill.
Lavender Butter is actually an extract of whole lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flowers using a sweet almond oil/hydrogenated vegetable oil mix which produces a smooth, velvety "butter" at room temperature that smells of fresh growing lavender.
Eighteen kinds which received the society's award of garden merit (AGM) are described in full, including Lavandula angustifolia `Miss Muffet Scholmis', a new, very compact plant with many mid-violet flowers.
Keywords: Silexan Double-blind randomised study Generalised anxiety disorder Lavandula angustifolia
The essential oil of Lavandula angustifolia leaves used in this study was from a commercial source, Quest International Flavours and Fragrances (Ashford, Kent UK).
Components of Lavandula angustifolia essential oil, (-)-linalool and linalyl acetate, showed antiinflammatory properties in rats (Peana et al.
Ghelardini C, Galeotti N, Salvatore G, Mazzanti G (1999) Local anaesthetic activity of the essential oil of Lavandula angustifolia.