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Aromatherapy: Spike Lavender Oil

Spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia), also known as Portuguese lavender, is a close cousin to "true" or English lavender that occurs naturally in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Both species have similar properties, but spike lavender is favored for scenting soaps, perfumes and other cosmetics because its leaves contain up to 36% camphor, making it much more aromatic.

Spike lavender essential oil is also used in aromatherapy to ease anxiety and depression and to increase mental alertness. Topically, the oil is an ingredient in ointments and liniments formulated to address respiratory congestion and sore muscles and sprain. Like other lavenders, spike lavender essential oil is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is excellent to apply to burns, wounds and scars. The oil is also a natural insect repellent.

The note classification of spike lavender essential oil is middle-to-top, and it blends well with cedarwood, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, oakmoss, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, rosemary and sage essential oils.

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