Lavender Spike from Spain, lavandula latifolia, is quite different in chemical composition to Lavandula angustifolia. Spike is noticeably less floral, more camphorous, and herbacous with a pleasant albeit subdued lavender aroma. For a sweet, floral, and relaxing lavender we recommend our Lavender Bulgarian
and Lavender High Altitude
, both of the angustifolia variety and with a higher percentage of Linalyl acetate. Spike Lavender is quite stimulating and thus not suited for relaxation as is the case with lavender angustifolia.
The smell of camphor may not be exciting to some; although its dominance in Lavender Spike can be a relief and well suited for addressing bronchial and respiratory situations. When searching for a crisp lavender to stimulate clear breathing, this is the one to select.
GC-MS analysis revealed high levels of 1,8-cineole, linalool, and camphor. With 27% 1,8-cineole Spike is ideal for aromatic diffusion and steam inhalation as a powerful antibacterial and antiviral essential oil. If you aren't a big fan of Eucalyptus then you will find the camphorous smell in Lavender Spike very refreshing, stimulating, and pleasant. Because it has sudorific qualities that increase sweating, consider adding a couple drops when preparing a detoxifying aromatherapy bath blend.
Batch specific GC/MS analysis for this essential oil is available by clicking on the green tab above.
Aromatherapy use: abscesses, acne, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, analgesic, athlete's foot, cold, flu, decongestant, depression, bronchitis, expectorant, hay fever, insect bites and stings, migraine, mucolytic, muscular aches, neuralgia, rheumatism, sinusitis, sudorific, tension headache
General use: Aromatic diffusion, potpourri, bath and body blends (massage, gels,creams, salts, lotions), household cleaning, soap making, candle making
Contraindications: None known, although may be a possible skin irritant to some individuals if not well diluted in carrier oil.