Lavender Oil

(USAN, rINN)

💊 Chemical information

English Lavender Oil (from L. intermedia); Esencia de Alhucema; Esencia de Espliego; Essência de Alfazema; Foreign Lavender Oil (from L. officinalis); Huile Essentielle de Lavande; Lavanda, aceite esencial de; Lavande, huile essentielle de; Lavandulae aetheroleum; Lavandulae Etheroleum; Lavanta Yağı; Lavendelöl; Lavendelolja; Lavender Flower Oil; Laventeliöljy; Levandu eterinis aliejus; Levandulová silice; Olejek lawendowy; Oleum Lavandulae.

Pharmacopoeias.

In Eur..

Ph. Eur. 6.2

(Lavender Oil). An essential oil obtained by steam distillation from the flowering tops of Lavandula angustifolia (L. officinalis). A colourless or pale yellow clear liquid with a characteristic odour. Relative density 0.878 to 0.892. Store in wellfilled airtight containers at a temperature not exceeding 25°. Protect from light.

💊 Profile

Lavender oil has been used as a carminative and as a flavour. It is sometimes applied externally as an insect repellent. Its chief use is in perfumery and it is occasionally used in ointments and other pharmaceutical preparations to cover disagreeable odours. It has been suggested that lavender oil may have sedative properties after inhalation. It is also used in aromatherapy. Lavender oil has been reported to produce nausea, vomiting, headache, and chills when inhaled or absorbed through the skin. It may cause contact allergy and phototoxicity.

Adverse effects.

There have been reports of contact dermatitis associated with lavender oil in a shampoo,1 and facial dermatitis after application of the oil to pillows for its sedative properties.2
1. Brandão FM. Occupational allergy to lavender oil. Contact Dermatitis 1986; 15: 249–50
2. Coulson IH, Khan ASA. Facial ‘pillow’ dermatitis due to lavender oil allergy. Contact Dermatitis 1999; 41: 111.

Insomnia.

Ambient exposure to lavender oil produced similar sleep patterns to conventional sedatives in 4 elderly patients.1
1. Hardy M, et al. Replacement of drug treatment for insomnia by ambient odour. Lancet 1995; 346: 701.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Pol.: Lawenol. Multi-ingredient: Austral.: Apex Repel Natural; Neutralice; Austria: Berggeist; Rowalind; Belg.: Mouskito Travel Milk; Braz.: Aliviol; Analgen†; Benegel; Gelflex; Gelol†; Gelonevral†; Inhalante Yatropan; Mentalol†; Mialgex†; Nevrol; Salimetin†; Cz.: Amol; Ondrejova Mast; Tiger Ol†; Fr.: Aromasol; Balsofumine; Balsofumine Mentholee; Ephydrol; Gouttes aux Essences; Maghora; Moustidose; Moustidose Bebe-Nourrisson; Paps; Pectoderme†; Perubore; Poudre du Marcheur; Resistim; Ger.: Amol Heilkrautergeist N; Dolo-cyl; Leber-Galle-Tropfen 83†; Solum Ol; Hong Kong: Calmiderm; Hung.: Opodeldok†; Israel: Headache Pads; Ital.: Citrosystem; Controller; Mistick Verde; Venalta; Vicks Baby Balsam†; NZ: Apex Repel Natural; Electric Blue Headlice; Vicks Baby Balsam; Pol.: Amol; Aromatol; Carmolis; Port.: Solubeol†; Vaporil; Rus.: Carmolis (Кармолис)†; Carmolis Fluid (Кармолис Жидкость)†; Espol (Эспол); S.Afr.: Arnica Massage Oil; Entressdruppels HM; Rooilavental; Spain: Dolokey; Termosan; Switz.: Baume du Chalet; Carmol; Dolo-Arthrosenex sine Heparino†; Hygiodermil; Liberol Bain†; Massorax†; Muco-Sana†; Nasobol†; Oculosan; Perskindol Classic; Perubare†; Pommade Nasale Radix†; Pulmex; Saltrates†; Spagyrom; Ziegella; Turk.: Algo-Wax; UK: Arnica Massage Balm; Eucanol; Larch Resin comp.; Massage Balm with Calendula; Migrastick; USA: Nasal Jelly; Venez.: Friccion Aromatica.
Published May 08, 2019.