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Lavender Oil

Natural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.

Warning 1 - Contraindications: pregnancy, breastfeeding women, and diabetics.

Warning 2 - Alcohol: Increases sedation when used with lavender. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.

Warning 3 - Antihistamines: Increases sedation when used with lavender. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.

Warning 4 - Iron salts: Decreases the absorption of iron salts.

Warning 5 - Opioids: Increases sedation when used with lavender. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.

Warning 6 - Sedative/hypnotics: The use of Lavender with sleeping pills increases sedation and is NOT recommended.

Used as a natural health remedy: Lavender Oil is used internally for the following benefits and treatments:
  • antiseptic
  • antifungal
  • bloating
  • relieve nervous tension
  • improving blood circulation
  • lowering blood pressure
  • enlarged Prostate
  • reducing hypertension
  • pain relief
  • indigestion
  • stimulates urine production
  • stomach pain
  • reducing flatulence
  • colic treatment
  • restoring hormonal balance
  • cramps
  • increased resistance to diseases
  • reduces vomiting
  • reduces diarrhea
Lavender Oil is used externally for the following:
  • acne
  • burns, including sunburn
  • on cuts
  • depression
  • disinfect scalp and skin
  • headaches
  • healing wounds
  • mosquitoes repellant
  • insect bites
  • massage with oil to relieve joint pain
  • massage with oil to relieve sore muscles
  • moth repellant
  • psoriasis
  • remove stretch marks
  • reduces cystitis
  • stress relief
  • as a skin toner
  • wrinkles
Side Effects of Lavender Oil
  1. skin irritation for those with sensitive skin
  2. skin rash
  3. nausea
  4. vomiting
  5. headache
  6. stomach upset
  7. sweating
Other side effects may also occur when using Lavender Oil. (See form below)

Lavender Oil is also known as stinging Lavender Oil and Lavender Oils.

As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.

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For questions and answers about the side effects of herbs see the Herb Forum

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