Spike Lavender Essential Oil – Organic
- Distillation Method: Steam
- Country of Origin: Spain
- Plant Part: Flowers and Tops
- Latin Name: Lavendula latifolia
- Cultivation: Certified Organic
About the Oil: Spike Lavender Essential Oil is a sharper, more camphoraceous cousin to ‘true’ lavender; it’s aroma is a cross between Sage and Lavender.
The most distinctive difference between this and other species of lavender is its superior antiseptic property.
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About The Plant
Native to the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean, Spike Lavender is thought to be a cross between Lavender and Sage (which is a close description of its aroma). It is an aromatic evergreen sub-shrub with linear or lance-shaped leaves and long flowering spikes with greyish-blue flowers, and has a sharper, more camphoraceous aroma when compared to the angustifolia or 'true' Lavender species.
About The Oil
Lavender oil is the most versatile aromatic used in aromatherapy today, often called 'medicine chest in a bottle'–no wonder it is suggested it be included in every aromatherapy kit. Spike Lavender may be the more 'medicinal' of the lavenders, with a more powerful antiseptic action. Spike lavender Essential Oil has natural camphor and 1,8-cineole content, making it useful as an inhalant for respiratory infections, muscular aches and pains, and as an insect repellent.
This organic Spike lavender oil is lightweight (low viscosity) and nearly colorless. It is steam distilled from the flowering tops of plants naturally grown in France. Although France is known to produce a more fragrant variety of Spike Lavender oil than that grown in Spain, when using Lavender for purely aromatic purposes, consider using the angustifolia species; it has a more subtle and floral aroma. Spike Lavender is best suited for medicinal aromatherapy applications.
Lavendula comes from lavare, meaning'to wash' in Latin and its antiseptic qualities are well-known. The familiar, sweet aroma rendered it known as the 'nose herb' in ancient times. Lavender has been used for centuries as a calming yet reviving oil and commonly added to linen as a sleep aid, as a flavoring agent for water or alcoholic beverages and in baths, massage oils and tonics to help relieve stress-related ailments.
It was Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, the man who coined the term ‘aromatherapy', who observed the healing effects of lavender oil when he burnt his hand in a laboratory accident. Now lavender oil is commonly associated with burns and healing of the skin.
strengthens and revives the body systems
decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
helps heal burns and wounds
encourages cell regeneration
minimizes stretch marks
neutralizes insects / parasites
Indicated for: good for all skin types especially sensitive skin, acne, eczema, athlete's foot
increases local blood circulation
soothes sore muscles, tendons and joints
helps maintain kidney action
assists in cleansing and detoxifying the body
helps maintain healthy function of the gall bladder
increases absorption in the intestines
promotes normal peristalsis
assists the body's natural eliminatory response
relieves muscular tension and aching joints
lessens headaches due to congestion
reduces the incidence and severity of vomiting and nausea
Promotes blood circulation
Helps to relieve stress
promotes and regulates menstruation
decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
strengthens the nervous system
helps alleviate stress and nervous tension
calms the nervous system
assists in balancing symptoms of shock and vertigo
According to TCM, lavender oil is cooling and may be used to clear heat, and soothe and support the Qi of the heart.
In Ayurvedic uses, this oil has cooling and drying energy to help relax the mind, soothe tension and anxiety, ease frustration and pent–up emotions, and to evoke calmness and composure.
Lavender is a compassionate herb of the highest order and is often referred to as the ‘mother' of essential oils. Mailhebiau compares lavender to Mother Teresa, “Tireless, always even–tempered, with unfailing gentleness and devotion, Lavandula cares for and calms, listens to and remedies a thousand ills. She takes care of children, adults and elderly, animals, plants, the earth and sky. She looks after everyone with equal love and if there is anyone in the world whom she neglects, it is herself.”
Lavender can be used to integrate spirituality into everyday life. The calming and relaxing qualities of lavender can help in reaching deeper states of meditation. it also helps to bring the higher and lower chakra centers into harmony with each other.
In the world of essential oils, Lavender is one of the most commonly used oils due to its versatility and pleasant scent. This is one oil that should be a part of everyone's collection!
direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, steam inhalation
Like all true lavenders, this oil used by any method is the number one stress reducer in aromatherapy. An aromatic 'rescue remedy', it aids in any situation where emotion overwhelms the mind; calming headaches and anxiety, as well as invigorating the senses.
Lavender is the most popular essential oil used in aromatherapy because of its very wide array of uses. In addition to the calming effects, and the balancing effects in beauty care, lavender is a highly regarded wound healer. The oil is notably effective on small kitchen burns, or when blended 50/50 with Tea Tree serves as an all purpose, highly soothing antiseptic, suitable for all the cuts and scrapes of youth.
massage, compress, bath, sitz bath, douche, ointment, skincare
Lavender essential oil is considered among the safest oils in aromatherapy, and as such can be applied undiluted to the skin. It has an incredibly wide range of uses and is safe for children and the elderly.
Use as a perfume or as you would a deodorant. Wear just a drop or two on your wrists or include a few drops of Lavender in any blend to quell anxiety and calm the nervous system.
Lavender also makes a wonderful addition in skin care products for all skin types due to its ability to balance the skin and soothe irritation. It is quite effective in combination with Helichrysum and Calendula oils for burns and bruises. As it can be used neat (undiluted) you can apply it to any burn where the skin is unbroken, or take the sting, itch and discomfort out of insect bites and bee stings and small cuts.
Lavender's anti–inflammatory, skin–healing properties will help heal wounds, rashes, skin irritations and may be helpful in cases of acne. It is even effective for sunburn relief: a 10% dilution in water dabbed over the area should be sufficient.
Lavender can be taken internally.
The latest research is even suggesting that ingesting Lavender has essentially the same effects as inhaling it. Lavender is very safe: it is listed by the FDA as "Generally Recognized As Safe" for ingestion as a food additive, and some companies have their bottles labeled "dietary supplements”. For instance a couple drops in water 15 minutes before a meal can significantly reduce appetite.
It is important to keep in mind that the protocols for ingesting any essential oil are always on the order of 1–3 drops (perhaps in a capsule) a couple of times per day and almost never more. There is a growing list of research confirming ingestion of certain oils is not only acceptable, but can result in a dramatic improvement in one's health.
This Spike Lavender oil has fresh, clear floral and camphoraceous top notes, green, herbaceous middle notes and a slightly wooded undertone.
It will blend well with most citrus and floral oils, as well as Cedarwood, Clove, Clary Sage, Pine, Geranium, Labdanum, Oakmoss, Vetiver and Patchouli. When blending, use slightly smaller concentrations than 'true' Lavender oil; it can easily overwhelm a blend.
enerally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.
If ingesting consult with a physician prior to use.