Spike Lavender Essential Oil
Spike Lavender Essential Oil is similar in usage to that of Lavender angustifolia or Lavender officianalis. However, it contains significantly more camphor. Generally speaking,traditional lavender oils like angustifolia and officianalis are best suited for use in calming anxiety and stress or promoting sleep. Spike Lavender Oil is better suited for use as an expectorant and for easing aches and pains.
Emotionally, I personally tend to find Spike Lavender to be more energizing than angustifolia. It promotes concentration and focus more than does Lavender angustifolia.
See below for more information on uses and safety information.
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Like other lavender oils, Spike Lavender Oil is floral, fresh, sweet and herbaceous. However, it is much more camphorous in aroma. Aromatically, Spike Lavender Oil tends to blend well with the same families of essential oils that traditional Lavender Oil does including other floral, mint and coniferous oils. Rosemary Essential Oil, depending on the chemotype, also tends to have a large percentage of camphor. If you particularly like the aroma of Rosemary Oil, you should find the aroma of Spike Lavender Essential Oil appealing.
Spike Lavender Essential Oil Uses
Spike Lavender Essential Oil possesses usage applications similar to that of traditional Lavender Oil. However, it's greater percentage of the constituent camphor gives it stronger analgesic and expectorant properties. It is a better choice to ease headaches or use as an expectorant in the diffuser. Diluted for topical use, it can be used to help ease aches, pains or the discomfort associated with arthritis. It is also reported to be effective in repelling insects.
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[S. Salido, J. Altarejos, M. Nogueras, et al. Chemical Composition and Seasonal Variation of Spike Lavender Oil from Southern Spain. (Journal of Essential Oil Research 16, 2004), 206-210. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 329.]
Due to its camphor content of up to 25%, Spike Lavender Essential Oil should be used with care. Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young do not specify any contraindications for Spike Lavender Essential Oil, but state that it may be mildly neurotoxic.[Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 329.]
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