I want to write about the benefits of Spike Lavender, which I enjoy using for allergies and colds, but it came to my attention that some may not know the differences in lavender. You probably know about essential oil mixes that include lavender, but did you know which one you use matters? This may be important to you depending on your personal goals.
Here is a small brief about the lavender types you will most likely see.
- True lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) This is one of the most gentle, and widely used oils in aromatherapy. Also known as common lavender or English lavender, it produces clumps of beautiful, scented flowers above green or silvery-gray foliage.
- Spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) Spike Lavender is more camphoraceous and floral. Dubbed the Portuguese lavender, it is a coarser plant with broader leaves and spiked flowers. Thrives in lower altitudes than True Lavender.
- Lavandin (L. x intermedia) Also called the Dutch lavender, it is a hybrid version of the result of a natural cross-pollination of true lavender and spike lavender.
Let's talk more about Spike Lavender and why I like it. It has a significant amount of Oxides, a high percentage of 1,8- Cineole and Camphor, which bring antiviral, decongestant, mucolytic, immune stimulating and stimulant properties to the oil. It can help to relieve coughs, clear congestion, and promote easy breathing. Spike Lavender may be a good replacement for eucalyptus oil because some feel that eucalyptus is just too strong for them.
Spike Lavender has good antiseptic properties that help soothe and heal cuts, burns, and damaged or scarred skin.
Diffusing may also help with relieving stress, calm, focus, concentration, headaches.
Essential oils are available at the Good World Goods store in Chattanooga. We will be offering more oils on our website soon.
This is just a brief about the different lavenders I commonly use. This is not meant to treat or diagnose any conditions. Always talk to your physician about concerns or if you are pregnant or nursing. Oils should be diluted if applying topically and test any essential oils before using.