LAVENDER SPIKE ESSENTIAL OIL
Lavender Spike oil is very similar to regular Lavender, except that Lavendula latifolia, is bigger and a little coarser in growth. As a result, it yields three times as much essential oil as Lavendula angustifolia, though its oil is less refined. Lavender Spike oil has a distinct camphor-like note that is absent in regular Lavender oil. Parkinson says that Lavender was also called 'Nard', in reference to a Syrian city called Naarda, and some believe that the true identity of the biblical Spikenard may be found in Lavender Spike, rather than in the plant we now know as Spikenard. Due to the lower price, it is usually Lavender Spike that is used in cheap toiletries and cosmetics. Lavender Spike is particularly suitable for hair care products, as it helps to checking dandruff and hair loss.
In aromatherapy, Lavender Spike can be used as true lavender, but due to its camphor-like pungency it is perhaps more suitable for respiratory complaints, rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia and muscle stiffness, fainting and to repel lice. In aromatherapy cosmetics it is particularly suitable for hair care products, to stimulate hair growth and check dandruff. The camphor-like component also benefits inflammatory skin conditions.
For magical purposes Lavender Spike can be used as regular Lavender. It may be better suited for mental work and study than regular Lavender as the camphor-like note helps to clear the mind.
A little harsher than regular Lavender, with a clear camphor-like note. Blends well with citrus oils, Bergamot, Myrtle, Chamomile, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Geranium, Labdanum, Vetivert and Patchouli.