From Wholesale Essential Oils, 100% pure Spike Lavender essential oil. Our oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops of plants growing in France. France is known to produce a more fragrant variety of Spike Lavender oil than that grown in Spain. The aroma is likened to a cross between Sage and Lavender. Our Spike Lavender is of the best therapeutic quality and is available from sample size up to 1 kg or more.
ABOUT THE PLANT
An aromatic evergreen sub-shrub with linear or lance-shaped leaves and long flowering spikes with greyish-blue flowers native to the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean, Spike Lavender is thought to be a cross between Lavender and Sage. It has a sharper, more camphoraceous aroma when compared to the angustifolia or 'true' Lavender varietal.
ABOUT THE OIL
This Spike Lavender essential oil is lightweight (low viscosity) and nearly colorless. It is steam distilled from the flowers of plants naturally grown in France. When using Lavender for purely aromatic purposes, consider using the angustifolia variety; it has a more subtle and floral aroma. Spike Lavender is best suited to medicinal aromatherapy applications.
This Spike Lavender oil has clear floral and camphoraceous top notes, green, herbaceous middle notes and a slightly woody undertone. It will blend well with most citrus and floral oils ~ Cedarwood, Clove, Clary Sage, Pine, Geranium, Labdanum, Oakmoss, Vetiver and Patchouli. When blending, use slightly smaller concentrations than 'true' Lavender oil as it can easily overwhelm a blend.
Lavender oil is the most versatile essential oil used in aromatherapy today and has been known for centuries as a 'medicine chest in a bottle'. The 'Spike' Lavender variety may be the more 'medicinal' of the lavender family. Spike lavender is considered the “male” lavender and is commonly known as aspic, from the Greek for “Egyptian cobra”. This name derives from the belief that it could be used as an asp antivenom. Spike lavender was also traditionally a main ingredient in Oleum Spicae, which was used as an ointment for stiff joints and sprains.1
Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature
Recommended as a blend with peppermint for treating headaches
Spike lavender is “a very good essence for bringing people back to a more natural lifestyle”
From The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy2:
Preferable to true lavender for respiratory complaints
Head-clearing and awakening – not as sedating as true lavender
Can be used in a blend to “activate” true lavender
Application and Use
Even though this varietal of Lavender is more powerful in its medicinal constituents (primarily camphor), it remains a non-toxic, non-irritant that is generally non-sensitizing and is considered safe for use on children. As with all essential oils, moderation is recommended and if taking internally, consultation with a physician is advised.
1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.
2 Wildwood, Christine. Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2000.