Oil Summary: Organic Spike Lavender, also known as lavandula latifolia, has a higher level of oxides and lower levels of alcohols, making it more effective for decongestant, expectorant and immune stimulant purposes. While it does share the antifungal, immunostimulant and anti-microbial properties of true lavender or lavandin, these properties will likely not be present to the same degree. Though most similar to true lavender, spike lavender is grown at low altitudes, which accounts for the strong camphor content. The aromas are camphorous, spicy and floral, the product a clear, colorless liquid with a fresh middle fragrance note. Spike lavender’s common uses are similar to those of true lavender, yet organic spike lavender tends to be more popular in in the fragrance and cosmetic industry and specifically in soap making.
Botanical Name: Lavandula latifolia
Plant Origin: Spain
Processing Method: Steam distillation
Plant Part: Flowers-Flowering Tops
Odor and Color: A transparent, colorless to pale yellow liquid?with a characteristic, wild, camphoraceous odor.
Main Constituents: Linalol, 1.8 Cineole and Camphor.
Blends well with: Clove, Cinnamon, Oregano, Thyme, Cedarwood, Lavandin, Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Rosewood, Lavender fine, Tea Tree, Frankincense, Sage, Rosemary, Myrrh, Sweet Marjoram and Patchouli.
Contraindication: Keep lavender essential oil away from eyes, inner ears and all mucous membranes. Those with sensitive skin may be at risk for irritation. Do not apply undiluted to skin until you know how you react. Heed dilution ratios until you can confirm your tolerance. If you are pregnant, or suspect that you might be, consult a physician before starting a course of aromatherapy. Young boys should avoid lavender oil, as it can possibly cause disruption to a boy’s normal hormonal balance. Discontinue use for at least two weeks prior to having surgery, as lavender is known to slow the CNS in combination with other drugs or anesthesia. Certain sedatives interact adversely with lavender, such as chloral hydrate, barbiturates and benzodiazepines. If you use any of these classes of drugs, avoid using lavender essential oil while you are taking them.