How to Use Spike Lavender Oil
There are so many different types of lavender! Maybe you're a little bit stressed out by all the choices. But wait -- isn't lavender supposed to make you feel less anxious? Yes, it is! So let's take a step back and focus on just one type of lavender that is often overlooked: Spike Lavender.
What is Spike Lavender?
When people talk about lavender essential oil, they're likely referring to the oil extracted from Lavendula angustifolia (sometimes referred to as "True Lavender"). Spike Lavender essential oil, on the other hand, is extracted from the flowering tops of Lavendula latifolia. Both Lavendula angustifolia and Lavendula latifolia are native to the mediterranean region, but the former generally grows at higher elevations than the latter. Spike Lavender oil has a floral, spicy and camphoraceous aroma which sets it apart from the traditional lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia), which has softer and smoother tones.
Spike Lavender's camphor-like smell is (not surprisingly) a result of its high camphor content, which sets it apart from other lavender varieties. Spike Lavender also contains a relatively high amount of 1,8-Cineole, a compound found in eucalyptus oil. These chemical characteristics make Spike Lavender an especially useful essential oil for respiratory support and pain relief. Spike Lavender is also popular during the cold and flu season since it has analgesic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.
While some people find Spike Lavender to be a calming oil, it is generally not as relaxing as Lavendula angustifolia. In fact, many people find it to be somewhat stimulating. Spike Lavender supports circulation and stimulates blood flow, making it useful for finding focus and harnessing energy. Because of its circulatory and antiseptic properties, Spike Lavender is a popular oil for skincare and is commonly used in soap-making. Its antispasmodic and circulatory properties also make Spike Lavender a great oil for cramps and headaches.
In addition to all these therapeutic properties, Spike Lavender is also used as a painting solvent! Some artists prefer it to turpentine and mineral spirits because it is non-toxic, effective and smells great! You can read more about using spike lavender as a painting solvent here.
Spike Lavender has so many great properties so I'd like to provide a few recipes for reaping all the benefits this oil has to offer!
Recipes with Spike Lavender:
Since it's already mid-November, let's see how Spike Lavender can be of use during cold and flu season. In general, Spike Lavender's high 1,8-cineole content makes it a great oil for aromatic diffusion or steam inhalation to purify air and open airways. More specifically, here's a blend that I find helpful for sinus headaches and a recipe for making your own vapor rub:
Because of its high levels of camphor and circulatory properties, spike lavender is one of my favorite essential oils for soothing sore muscles. Here's a massage blend I like to use after a particularly strenuous workout:
Finally, here's a recipe that really highlights spike lavender's antiseptic and antibacterial properties:
Let us know how you use Spike Lavender!
If you'd like to read more about Spike Lavender, www.aromahead.com has some great articles!
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