Old medicinal concoctions using lavender Lavender drops

This was a compound tincture of lavender oil, useful as a colouring and flavouring for medicines but also effective for fainting. This consisted of lavender mixed with rosemary and cinnamon bark, nutmeg and sandalwood and macerated in spirit of wine for several days used in a dose of teaspoonful to some water for indigestion (Grieve, 1937). The British pharmacopoeia officially recognised red lavender for 200 years. In the eighteenth century it was known as palsy drops and red hartshorn. The...