The flowers of Lavandula vera.
Therapeutic Action.—Lavender is an aromatic stimulant, carminative and antispasmodic. It is mostly employed for its aromatic stimulant qualities, and for giving warmth and flavor to other medicines. It has been esteemed useful in pectoral affections, and in hysteria and other nervous diseases attended with debility. In spasmodic pain in the stomach or bowels and flatulency, it is a useful remedy.
Oleum Lavandula.—Oil of lavender is stimulant, tonic and carminative, and is sometimes used in hysteria, languor, and headache, but is chiefly used as a perfume for scenting evaporating lotions, ointments and liniments. Dose, one to five drops.
Tinctura Lavandula Compound.—Rx Oil of Lavender, fℨiij.; Oil of Rosemary, fℨj.; Cinnamon, bruised, ℥j.; Cloves, bruised, ℨij.; Nutmeg, bruised, ℥ss.; Red Saunders, rasped, ℨiij.; Rectified Spirit, Oij.; macerate for fourteen days, express and filter. This is a very pleasant and useful stimulant in nausea, flatulence, pain in the stomach and bowels of children. Dose, gtt. ij to fℨss.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.