Origin: Europe, Asia, and northern/eastern Africa
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)
- Burn with sandalwood to attract helpful spirits.
- Lavender can be used to change the way one thinks about love.
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
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.
- Not safe for use for folks with epilepsy/seizure disorders.
- Be cautious with use around children, pregnancy (can cause miscarriages), and the elderly.
In the Garden
Light: Bright light
Water: Keep moderately dry
- Trim every spring, and after flowering
- Keep dry over winter