Lavender Materia Medica


The name lavender derives from the Latin lavare which means “to wash.” This is a reference to ancient use of infusions of lavender leaves and flowers as a perfuming additive to bathwater.

In anthroposophical medicine, lavender oil is used extensively in therapeutic baths for the treatment of dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) with nervousness, degenerative nerve diseases, neuralgia, tremors, insomnia, tension and spasm, functional cardiovascular disturbances, flatulence and/or menstrual disturbances. In traditional herbal medicine, lavender water is sometimes added to bathwater to relieve nervous tension.

I have found that subcutaneous injections (into acupuncture point: Small Intestine 11, located on the lateral aspect of the shoulder blade) of low potency homeopathic dilutions of lavender flowers can be very effective in ameliorating asthmatic breathing.

Download this chapter to learn more about LAVENDER—Lavandula angustifolia.

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20 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasm: Psoric
Sefirah: Tiferet
Constitutional Type: Neurasthenia or Hysteria
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and history; herbal and aromatherapy perspectives; color violet and amethyst quartz; astral body; action along vertical and horizontal axes; rhythmic system; neurasthenia and hysteria; Psoric miasm; Tiferet and the soullevel of Ruach.

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