Dubbed the Portuguese lavender, it is a coarser plant with broader leaves and spiked flowers. “Latifola” is a Latin term for “broadleaf” while “Lavandula,” its genus name, simply means lavender.
While true lavender grows naturally at high altitudes, spike lavender thrives more at lower altitudes. According to experts, this difference in growing environments explains why spike lavender oil contains more camphor, the chemical responsible for its sweet herbaceous smell, while true lavender oil has very little to none. Produced through steam or water distillation of its flowering tops, spike lavender oil has a fresh, slightly spicy, floral and camphoraceous scent and is typically clear or yellowish in color.
Spike lavender oil has powerful antiseptic properties that help soothe and heal cuts, burns and damaged or scarred skin. It may also have beneficial effects for the following conditions: asthma, Bronchitis, halitosis, throat infections, flatulence, dandruff, abdominal cramps and ringworm.
Because of its relaxing and stimulating effects, spike lavender oil may help in regulating sleeping, calmness, mental alertness and stress-related conditions, including depression. Spike lavender oil produces higher yield compared to other lavender varieties, making it an inexpensive essential oil to make. Steam or water distillation is the most common process of extraction used for this aromatic essential oil. To produce a high-quality lavender spike oil with excellent levels of natural esters, experts recommend picking fresh flowering tops in morning dew and distilling it directly.
Lavender Spike oil is not recommend for pregnant or nursing women without seeking expert medical opinion first. In addition, Dilute it in a mild carrier oil before topical application. Always perform a skin patch test on a small portion of your skin to check for any skin sensitivity. Avoid contact with the eyes or mucus membranes. Not recommended for children under 5.