Lavender: Practice Points – Patient Counselling. FAQ

• The active part of lavender is the volatile oil, which has relaxing, sedative, antispasmodic and antiseptic activity.

• Lavender can be taken as a tincture or tea, or the oil can be applied topically, used in baths or inhaled from a diffuser.

• It is advised that topical preparations be tested on a small area of skin before widespread application.

• Lavender has traditionally been used for sleep disorders, anxiety and nervous stomach, as well as to treat minor cuts, burns, bruises and insect bites and is commonly found in cosmetics and toiletries.

• Lavender contains substances that are currently being studied for cancer prevention.

Answers to Patients’ Frequently Asked Questions

What will this herb do for me?

Lavender oil is used to assist in relaxation, digestive problems and as first aid for minor skin conditions.

When will it start to work?

As a relaxant, effects may be felt on the first day of use, but this will depend on the dose and form used.

Are there any safety issues?

Although lavender has not been scientifically studied as extensively as some other herbal medicines, historical use suggests it is generally safe.