Botanical Name - Lavandula spica/latifolia
Caution - *Chemically, Spike Lavender contains more camphor than true Lavender, which is apparent in the aroma, a little harsher than true Lavender, but more importantly this means it should be avoided with epilepsy, with children and in pregnancy.
Description - Spike Lavender is one of the main species of the Lavandula genus, it is similar to true Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), but it's lance shaped leaves are broader and rougher and the flower is more compressed and of a grey blue colour.
Aroma - A penetrating, deep and sweet
Extraction - Steam distillation
Part of Plant - Flowering tops
Traditional Uses - Similar in actions to true lavender
Country of Origin - Spain
Chemical Constituents - Linalool, cineol, camphor
Uses - The camphor content does make it a more useful lavender to use for respiratory conditions or muscular aches, pains and rheumatism, as it is strongly anti-microbial and rubefacient. All lavenders are deeply cleansing, and strongly antiseptic, so very useful for removing imposing energy. The plants are great for clearing energies and ideal planted around doorways and pathways.
Organic Certificate - This essential oil is certified organic by the Soil Association, which means you can be sure that it has been produced to the highest ethical and environmental standards. The Soil Associationís standards exceed the UK government's minimum requirements for organic products in many areas, but particularly in animal welfare, GM and the use of pesticides. Standards are constantly reviewed to ensure they deal with current issues.