Spiritus Lavandulae. U. S., Br.
Spirit of Lavender. Sp. Lavand.
Related entry: Oil of Lavender
Teinture (alcoole) d'essence de Lavande, Fr.; Spiritus Lavandulae, P. G.; Lavandelapiritus, G.
"Oil of Lavender, fifty mils [or 1 fluidounce, 331 minims]; Alcohol, a sufficient quantity to make one thousand mils [or 33 fluidounces, 61/2 fluidrachms]. Mix the oil with sufficient alcohol to make the product measure one thousand mils [or 33 fluidounces, 6 1/2 fluidrachms]." U. S.
"Oil of Lavender, 100 millilitres; Alcohol (90 per cent.), sufficient to produce 1000 millilitres. Dissolve. When not clear, shake with a little powdered talc and filter." Br.
Spirit of lavender is used widely as a perfume, and as an ingredient in other preparations. The perfume usually sold under the name of lavender water is not a distilled spirit, but an alcoholic solution of the oil, with the addition of other odorous substances. The following is given by Brande as one of the most approved recipes for preparing it. "Take of rectified spirit five gallons, essential oil of lavender twenty ounces, essential oil of bergamot five ounces, essence of ambergris [made by digesting one drachm of ambergris and eight grains of musk in half a pint of alcohol] half an ounce. Mix." The Br. spirit is double the strength of the U. S. preparation. It is a grateful stimulant and carminative when administered in sweetened water.
Dose, of the U. S. Spirit, from ten to thirty minims (0.6-1.8 mils); of the Br. Spirit, five to twenty minims (0.3-1.3 mils).
Off. Prep.—Mistura Ferri Composita, N. F.
The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 1918, was edited by Joseph P. Remington, Horatio C. Wood and others.