I am sure all of you reading this blog are pretty aware of the fact that myriad essential oils are present on earth and many are the best one can get for various purposes…similarly lavandin essential oil too is used for many good purposes…
True lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is thought to be one of the most versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy. The ancient Greeks used lavender to treat throat infections and to ease constipation; European herbalists used lavender water to treat head lice. Lavender was used in Medieval herb gardens and was known to be an ancient folk remedy. Lavender was said to ‘comfort the stomach and the soul.’
Lavender stoechas (Lavandula stoechas) was named after the island of Hyeres which was actually called Stoechades by the Romans. The ancient Romans were the probable users of this type of Lavender, using as a perfume for their baths. Until the middle of the 18th Century, Lavender stoechas was used medicinally in –
It was used to dress wounds by country folk.
Spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) was traditionally used for headaches, rheumatic pain, colic and dyspepsia, as indicated in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Nicholas Culpeper, an English herbalist, recommended spike lavender for fainting, malady and cramps too. Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia) does not have a long history of use as it is basically a hybrid of true lavender and spike lavender; it first appeared in the early 1900s.
True lavender only grows at altitude of above 2,000 ft. Native to the Mediterranean region, it has small purplish-blue flowers and is the most fragrant of the lavender scents. Lavandin, on the other hand, is a hybrid and is generally found growing at the lower altitudes. It has blue or gray-blue flowers and is a favorite in the perfumery industry due to its plentiful supply and low pricing.
Lavender stoechas is quite different to the true lavender flower in that it is short, spiky and less spectacular than the true plant. It is a hardy herb which is found on sand and crystalline rocks on the European coastline, particularly in France. It has purple-blue flowers in spring and summer.
Spike lavender grows at lower altitudes than true lavender and has a very high yield which means that it is a relatively cheap oil to produce. Spike lavender is mainly grown in France and Spain for aromatherapy use. It has gray-blue flowers and is evergreen. It has broader and rougher leaves than true lavender.
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