|Latin name||Lavandula latifolia|
|Synonyms||L.spica, aspic, broad-leaved lavender, lesser lavender, spike.|
|Plant family||Lamiaceae (Labiatae)|
|Extraction||Steam distillation of flowering tops.|
|Origin||France, Spain, north Africa, Italy, Yugoslavia.|
|Plant characteristics||An aromatic evergreen shrub up to 1 meter high with lance-shaped leaves, broader and rougher than the True lavender. The flower is more compressed and of a dull grey-blue colour.|
|Oil characteristics||A water-white or pale yellow liquid with a penetrating, fresh-herbaceous, camphoraceous odour.|
|Traditional use||Culpeper recommended spike lavender for a number of ailments and “Maladies”. He also warned that the oil had a fierce and piercing quality and that only a few drops should be used.|
|Blends well with||Rosemary, sage, lavandin, eucalyptus, rosewood, lavender, petitgrain, pine, cedarwood, patchouli and spice essential oils.|
|Cautions and comments||Non-toxic, non-irritant (except in concentration) , non-sensitizing.|
|Main chemical constituents||Mainly cineol and camphor (40-60%)|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.