Author: Anthony Russano (Last Updated March 25th 2019, 8:47:48 PM)

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) formerly known as L. officinalis, Lavendula is a flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae (mint), native to the Mediterranean.

Healing Properties

  • Antidepressant
    • reduced anxiety and depression-like behavior.[1]
  • Anxiolytic (anti-anxiety)
    • Demonstrated a striking antidepressant effect. It also resulted in an improvement in general health issues.[1]
  • Neurodepressive
  • Neuroprotective
    • Improved scopolamine-induced memory impairment.[1]

Disease / Symptom Treatment

  • Neurodegenerative Disease
    • Alzheimser's: Improves and prevents memory impairment.[1]
  • Depression: The combination of Lavender with anti-depressant drugs such as, citalopram and imipramine, was reported to be more effective as compared to the drugs alone.[1]
  • Insomnia: treatment for mild insomnia.
    • Aromatherapy with lavender demonstrated a positive impact on insomnia and depression.


  1. Title: Neuropharmacology of Lavender, Rosemary and Salvia
    Author(s): Amritpal Singh Saroya, Jaswinder Singh
    Institution(s): Herbal Consultant Mohali, India; Department of PharmacologySri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Science Amritsar, India
    Publication: Pharmacotherapeutic Potential of Natural Products in Neurological Disorders
    Abstract: English lavender and true lavender are common names of L. officinalis. The plant belongs to the family Lamiaceae and is native to the Mediterranean.