The word lavender is commonly thought to derive from the old French term lavandre, meaning “to wash”. This may relate to early uses of lavender in washing clothes, furniture, floors, and more. It was also a frequent additive in Rome’s public baths. Most common thoughts and associations about lavender refer to the Bulgarian variety, which is sometimes called ‘true’ or ‘pure’ lavender for this reason.
However, spike lavender has claims to fame in its own right. Its main differentiation from Bulgarian lavender is that it thrives at lower altitudes, which causes a higher concentration of the chemical camphor. Its unique composition led to it being used as a carrier oil by painters for years. Camphor is a well-known medicinal substance found in household products like Vicks® VapRubᵀᴹ. One change this chemical produces is the smell – while still reminiscent of common lavender, spike lavender takes on a more medicinal and less flowery scent. However, camphor adds a great benefit to the respiratory system and muscle aches.
Choosing between spike and Bulgarian lavender is largely user preference, based on the scent and medicinal compositions of each. Common lavender is better to diffuse if the user is looking for the purest lavender scent, or relaxation and sleep promotion are the main or only goals. If the user would prefer to receive the relaxing benefits of lavender while simultaneously benefiting the respiratory system, clearing up congestion, and easing muscle pain, spike lavender may be ideal. Our essential oil users have highlighted spike lavender for promoting concentration, restoring internal balance and freeing the spirit to give and receive love.
Organic spike lavender essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is an aromatherapy top pick. You will absolutely love the full floral scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Lavender Spike
- Botanical Name: Lavendula latifolia
- Country of Origin: France
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Flowering Tops
Do not apply undiluted to the skin. If pregnant, breast feeding or under the care of a physician consult your doctor. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
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