Lavandula officinalis


Other Names:

Common Lavender, Garden Lavender, Spike Lavender


  • Antianxiety
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Insect-repellent
  • Anthelmintic
  • Neuroprotective
Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) is an annual or short-lived perennial herb that is one of 39 different species from the Lavandula genus, that are flowering plants in the mint family (Lamiaceae). Lavender is predominately known for its use in aromatherapy, for its calming, soothing and sedative effects of it's fragrance. Specific applications studied in poultry include:
  • Relaxation: Hanging dried lavender in chicken coops can have a natural calming effect on chickens.
  • Respiratory system: Lavender oil is widely used for various respiratory problems. The stimulating nature of lavender essential oil can also loosen up the phlegm and relieve the congestion associated with respiratory conditions, speeding up the recovery process and helping the body naturally eliminate phlegm and other unwanted material.

Poultry Specific Studies

TypePlant PartDosageSpecific useResultsRef
BroilersEO0.2 to 0.4 ml/L in drinking waterantimicrobialHad positive effect on the production results of broiler chickens. Application of higher concentration of essential oil (0.4 ml/L) significantly affected production results (BW, FCR, WCR—p < .01). No differences were observed in FI, WI, F:W and mortality (p > .05). In vitro studies indicate a significant effect of LEO on the inhibition of microbial growth.M Adaszyriska-Skwirzyriska et al., 2018
Otherantifungal, Candida albicansInhibited both the growth and the activity of C. albicans more efficiently than clotrimazole.E Bona et al., 2016
Broilers600 mg/kg dietGI healthimproved growth performance, intestinal mucosa morphology, and gut bacteria balance and antioxidant status in serum and liver.S Barbarestani et al., 2020