|Latin name||Lavandula stoechas|
|Synonyms||Dwarf lavender, thistle lavender|
|Extraction||Distillation of the flowering tops|
|Origin||Europe, mainly France|
|Plant characteristics||This hardy herb has a delicate purple-blue flower in spring and summer that is quite different to the traditional lavender flower, being quite short and spiky. The plant is much smaller and less spectacular.|
|Oil characteristics||A very pale yellow oil with a sweet, floral, warm, fresh aroma with balsamic undertones and a woody hint.|
|Blends well with||Geranium, lemon, clary, sandalwood essential oil|
|Cautions and comments||This powerful oil is not to be used on babies, children and pregnant women. Always check the Latin name when buying lavender oil to ensure you have the one you need.
Its beneficial effects can be covered by other more common essential oils and it saves confusion with true lavender if it is not used until specification by scientific (botanical Latin) name becomes the norm.
|Main chemical constituents||70 – 80% ketone content, potentially a hazardous oil.|
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.