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.