Spike Lavender

Latin Name

Lavandula latifolia

Family

Lamiaceae

Chemotype

Linalool, 1,8-Cineol, Camphor

Distilled Component

Herb top flowering

Traditionally Known Properties

Emergency essential oil to relieve and quickly heal severe burns and wasp stings. Anti-inflammatory when applied to skin. Similar to cortisone, this essential oil is an adjuvant treatment for atopic dermatitis (eczema). Cicatrizant, vulnerary, analgesic, antitoxic. Antiviral, moderate antibacterial, fungicide, boosts the immune system. Anticatarrhal, expectorant.

Precautions

Avoid during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Anecdote

Spike lavender has been traditionally used to cure bites from the Asp viper. At the end of the 19th century, lavender-based scent water was introduced and, for the first time, men truly convert a perfume to their own use. It became the most popular male perfume for many years and consisted mostly of lavender essential oil.