Lavender, French Lavender, and Spike Lavender. What's the difference?

April 06, 2016

Edens Garden offers high quality Lavender, French Lavender, and Spike Lavender oils for purchaseYou may be wondering, “what’s with all the hubbub about Lavender? Is there really a difference between all these types of Lavender? What can Lavender do for me?” Well we’re here to clear up these questions, and let you know why we just couldn’t help but offer three kinds of Lavender essential oil.


A little background...


The term “Aromatherapie,” or Aromatherapy in English was created by French chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé, in the early 1900s. Gattefossé became the poster child of Lavender essential oil. His name and famous incident are well known amongst aromatherapists. One day, while Gattefossé was working in his lab, his hand was badly burned by an explosion that occurred. Gattefossé was able to successfully treat the gangrene that resulted from the burn with Lavender essential oil. Following this event, Lavender essential oil has been researched and studied a multitudinous amount of times.


So let’s get into it, what’s the difference between Lavender Bulgarian, French Lavender, and Spike Lavender?


Lavender


Let’s begin with traditional Lavender. Lavender Bulgarian is high in both Linalool and Linalyl acetate- two naturally occurring constituents which are known for having a plethora of therapeutic properties. Lavender is one of the most gentle, and widely used oils in aromatherapy. This oil is often employed for its anti-inflammatory, calming, headache relieving, immune supporting, sedative, and skin healing properties. With a fresh and powdery, sweet yet subtly woody, and herbaceous, floral aroma, the luscious scent of Lavender is well-known and frequently sought after in perfumery.


French Lavender


French Lavender is the fraternal twin of Lavender Bulgarian, in that, they share many of the same therapeutic benefits, but differ in ways that make them uniquely different. For starters, French Lavender is much higher in Linalyl acetate than Lavender, but contains less of a percentage of Linalool. What that means is, French Lavender is aggressive in treating inflammation, zapping bacteria, and relieving pain. You may want to choose French Lavender over Lavender for cuts, scrapes, and local pain. Its aroma is also more intense than Lavender, with balsamic undertones.


Spike Lavender


Than there’s Spike Lavender, and with a high percentage of 1,8- Cineole and Camphor, this species of Lavender stands out amongst the rest. These constituents are often likened to oils such as Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Ravintsara, and have similar benefits, such as helping to relieve coughs, clear congestion, and promote easy breathing. With its high percentage of Linalool, Spike Lavender is also frequently used for its stress relieving, pain reducing, headache helping, and anti-inflammatory properties. The aroma of Spike Lavender is a combination of both traditional Lavender, and the sharp, medicinal, camphoraceous aroma of Eucalyptus.


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Still don’t understand what all the hype is about? You’ll have to try our 100% pure, quality Lavender essential oils for yourself!

COMMENTS

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Marlena! With your doctor and an aromatherapist’s permission, you might try Lavender French.

    On April 17, 2017

  • marlena c says...

    which one would u recommend to use to help with relaxation and ease labor pains? plan to use by put on wet towels in a crock pot and then put warm towel against me

    On April 15, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Debbie! Spike Lavender is safe for children 2+ and can be applied topically when diluted at 1%.

    1% = 5-6 drops of EO per 2 Tbsp of carrier oil

    On April 10, 2017

  • Debbie Jakobitz says...

    I was wondering if Spike Lavender would be safe to use on the bottom of children’s feet for cough?

    On April 08, 2017

  • Carly says...

    I love the ‘this or that’ series! It’s so helpful when there’s various kinds. Thank you!

    On April 05, 2017

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