A volatile oil distilled from fresh lavender.

Characters. - A colourless or yellowish liquid, having the fragrant odour of lavender flowers, a pungent and bitterish taste, and a neutral reaction while fresh. Sp. gr. about 0.890. It is readily soluble in alcohol, and in acetic acid of 90 or more per cent. When heated to about 80° C. (176° F.) it should not yield a colourless distillate having the characteristics of alcohol.

Dose. - 1-5 min.

Preparations.

U.S.P.

Dose.

Spiritus Lavandulae (3 parts of the oil with 97 of alcohol)...

1/2-2 fl. dr.

Spiritus Odoratus ..............................................................................

Action and Uses. - Lavender is a stimulant and carminative, and is used to lessen flatulence, to relieve colic, and in hysteria. Tinctura Lavandulae Composita is contained in Liquor Arsenicalis.