Lavender enters the Heart, settling Shen (mind and spirit)

Updated: Apr 15, 2018

Cool and calm, release and relax are key words to describe the effects of Lavender’s (lavandula) sweet floral aroma with a hint of spice. Used therapeutically in the practice of Chinese medicine, Lavender demonstrates its affinity to the Lung, Liver, and Pericardium, by helping to calm the Spirit, smooth Liver Qi,  diffuse lung Qi, and release wind heat.

For nervousness, irritability, insomnia, restlessness and for high blood pressure Lavender essential oil can be a great comfort when diffused as aromatherapy or infused into a pillow. 

Diluted oil It may be applied external for headaches, tight muscles, spasms, menstrual pain or scant flow due to constrained Liver Qi. It may also be applied or inhaled to ease chest tightness.

It has a long and rich history in many cultures, for example, it was one of the holy herbs used in the biblical Temple to prepare the holy essence.

Lavender is pungent, slightly bitter and cooling or slightly warming.   It is both stimulating and relaxing at the same time by lowering or sinking the Qi to the center of the body, while dispersing it to the extremities, and is both restoring and astringing.

From an organ perspective lavender enters the nervous system and the brain, the uterus, the Kidneys, Lungs, Liver, Spleen and the Conception and Governing vessels.  Think of it as a regulator, making things right, adjusting here, breaking up a dam there...

How to use lavender

Use as tinctures, infusions or as essential oil.  Honestly, grabbing the essential oil is simplest most condensed form to use.  Especially if you don’t have the time or desire to make your own preparations.

  • Use in baths, steams and teas for colds, flu, fevers and sinus congestion.

  • Add to oils–add a few drops to apricot or other light oil to soothe over burns, rashes or sore skin.

  • Place a couple drops of the infusion on your pillow.

  • Eat or drink lavender, add the blossoms to desserts, light teas or infuse honey with it.

Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an acupuncture treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here.

Excerpts from original articles by April Crowell and TCM Wiki.

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