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L.spica, aspic, broad-leaved lavender, lesser lavender, spike.
Steam distillation of flowering tops.
France, Spain, north Africa, Italy, Yugoslavia.
An aromatic evergreen shrub up to 1 meter high with lance-shaped leaves, broader and rougher than the True lavender. The flower is more compressed and of a dull grey-blue colour.
A water-white or pale yellow liquid with a penetrating, fresh-herbaceous, camphoraceous odour.
Culpeper recommended spike lavender for a number of ailments and “Maladies”. He also warned that the oil had a fierce and piercing quality and that only a few drops should be used.
Blends well with
Rosemary, sage, lavandin, eucalyptus, rosewood, lavender, petitgrain, pine, cedarwood, patchouli and spice oils, particularly clove.
Cautions and comments
Non-toxic, non-irritant (except in concentration) , non-sensitizing.
Main chemical constituents
Mainly cineol and camphor (40-60%)
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.