Pure Therapeutic Spike Lavender essential oil
Botanical name : Lavandula latifolia or Lavandula spica
Extraction method / Source : Steam distillation / flowering tops
Aroma : Sweet, floral, herbaceous
Note classification : Middle Odor Intensity : 5
Key constituents : Linalool, 1,8-cineole, camphor, beta-pinene, trans alpha-bisabolene, alpha-pinene, beta-caryophyllene, and many trace constituents Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request
Shelf Life : 3 years or more if kept in an airtight container away from heat and light
Plant description : Botanical family : Laminaceae or Labiatae (mint) Spike Lavender is an evergreen plant native to the areas around the Mediterranean Sea and is now grown in many areas around the globe. It also grows wild in many areas, especially France, Italy and Spain. Spike lavender plants grow to over 3 feet high and produce long flowering spikes of fragrant grey-blue flowers and large soft green leaves.
Regions of Production : Spain
Growing Practices : Cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides
Therapeutic Properties : analgesic, anticonvulsant, antiphlogistic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, fungicide, hypotensive, nervine, restorative, sedative, sudorific, vulnerary (Battaglia, 2003). Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.
Uses / Benefits : Most commonly used for relaxation and skin healing. Helpful for respiratory infections, muscle and joint pain, insomnia, nervous tension, skin conditions (stretch marks, scarring, psoriasis, eczema, cellulite, acne), insect bites, burns, sunburn, digestive complaints related to stress. Helps reduce high blood pressure. Spike Lavender essential oil is a powerful detoxifying agent and can be used on snake bites to immediately neutralize the venom. Combined with Peppermint essential oil, Spike Lavender oil is used for treating headaches. Combined with Rosemary oil, it is highly effective for treating arthritic pain and inflammation. In a blend with Sage essential oil it can be used to alleviate menstrual irregularity or discomfort.
Modes of Administration : Topical : massage, compress, skin care. Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer.
Fragrant influences: Improves concentration and mental clarity, calming, balancing (both physically and emotionally). Spike Lavender essential oil is calming in small amounts and will stimulate the nervous system in higher concentrations.
Modes of Administration : Topical : massage, compress, skin and hair care products. Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer.
Safety : Non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing.
Blends well with : Anise, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Camphor, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mandarin, Marjoram, Oakmoss, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Rose, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Thyme, Vetiver
History / Fun Facts : Lavandula latifolia is sometimes referred to as a "male lavender", while Lavandula angustifolia is referred to as a "female lavender". Historically called aspic , from the Greek word for cobra, spike lavender was used to treat individuals who suffered snake bites.
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