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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: If you are pregnant or suspect that you might be, you should avoid spike lavender. May cause irritation of the skin if used undiluted: test on a small area of skin until you know your tolerance. Keep away from children, and avoid contact with your eyes, inner ears and mucous membranes.