Lavender – Lavandula
(lavender most commonly True Lavender or English lavender,though not native to England ;also garden lavender, common lavender, narrow-leaved lavender), formerly L. officinalis, is a flowering plant in the familyLamiaceae, native to the Mediterranean (Spain, France, Italy, Croatia etc.). The species name
angustifolia is Latin for “narrow leaf”. Previously, it was known as Lavandula officinalis, referring to its medicinal properties
Scientific Name: Lavendula angustifolia
Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to Cats, Toxic to Horses
Toxic Principles: Linlool, linalyl acetate
Clinical Signs: Nausea, vomiting (not in horses), inappetant
The flowers and leaves are used as an herbal medicine, either in the form of lavender oil or as an herbal tea. The flowers are also used as a culinary herb, most often as part of the French herb blend called herbes de Provence.
Lavender essential oil, when diluted with a carrier oil, is commonly used as a relaxant with massage therapy. Products for home use, such as lotions, eye pillows (including lavender flowers or the essential oil itself) and bath oils, etc., are also used. Both the petals and the oil are the most popular ingredients in handmade soap.