Lavender (Spike) Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Lavandula latifolia
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowering tops
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Fresh, spicy, floral, camphoraceous
Largest Producing Countries: Spain and France
Traditional Use: The oil and plant of spike lavender are used in similar ways to Lavandula angustifolia or true lavender. Spike lavender oil is also used throughout the fragrance industry: specifically soap making.
Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, cholagogue, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insecticide, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, vulnerary
Benefits: Bruises, colds, cough, dandruff, flatulence, headache, indigestion, infection, inflammations, insect bites and stings, nausea, nervous tension, rashes, scars, slow digestion, sore muscles, sprains, stress, sunburn, toothache, ulcers, wound. Spike lavender can be added to any fragrance blend. This oil has a strong camphor aroma, and will affect the blend differently than true lavender.
Blends Well With: Cedarwood, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, lavender, oakmoss, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, rosemary, sage
Of Interest: Spike lavender grows naturally at low altitudes, and true lavender goes naturally at high altitudes. This difference in growing conditions accounts for the camphor that is found in spike lavender and not in the other. Where the growing conditions of these two types of lavender meet, you can find a wide variety of lavender hybrids.
Safety Data: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).