Origin: Europe, Asia, and northern/eastern Africa

Family: Lamiaceae
Scientific Name: Lavandula angustifolia (also L. officinalis)

Folk Names: Spike, elf leaf, nard, nardus,

Other Common Varieties:
Spike lavender (S) (Lavandula spika): wider/rougher leaves, more mentally-stimulating;
Lavendin (x) (Lavandula x intermedia): hybrid of true and spike lavenders;
French lavender (F) (Lavandula stoechas)


Element: Air
Day: Wednesday
Planet: Mercury
Zodiac: Gemini, Virgo, Aquarius
Associated Celebrations: Midsummer
Deities: Hecate, Mercury, Saturn, and Vesta

Magical Properties: Chastity, communication, creativity, divination, happiness, healing, legal, longevity, love, meditation, peace, protection, purification, relaxation, spirituality

Substitutions: Rose

Magical Uses:


Flash Point: 78°C
Scent Type: Floral
Perfume Note: Middle; middle/top (x), top (S)
Part Used: Flowers
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Scent Description: Floral-herbaceous scent with balsamic-woody undertones

Aromatherapeutic Uses

Balance and calmness.
True Lavender: used to treat burns, insect bites, allergies, acne. Sedating: helps with anxiety and insomnia. Antispasmodic
Spike Lavender (S): used to help respiratory ailments and infections, and for mental stimulation.
Lavendin (x): stronger antiseptic properties than other varieties. Very similar in scent to true lavender, but quicker/cheaper to produce, thus often used as a substitute.
French Lavender (F): some analgesic properties, often used to help with sore muscles, aches, and pains.


In the Garden

Type: Perennial
Sow: Autumn
Light: Bright light
Water: Keep moderately dry
Soil: Well-drained

Companion Planting: Chamomile; basil, lemon balm, oregano, rosemary, sage.