Most people who know how to use essential oils are familiar with the very popular Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia). Lavender is one of the most commonly used essential oils to aid with sleep, relaxation, and healing. Some people may have also heard of Spike Lavender Oil (Lavandula latifolia), but might not be sure exactly what it is and how it compares to the more common type of Lavender.
Spike Lavender Oil comes from a different sub-species of the lavender plant known as Lavandula latifolia. This plant shares many characteristics with True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) but has a few key differences.
Some characteristics the two species share:
- they can both relieve stress and anxiety,
- help promote a good night’s sleep, and
- help relieve pain.
However, Spike Lavender also has some unique uses that True Lavender lacks. Spike Lavender is great for
- relieving sore muscles
- helping with congestion and coughs.
Its aroma alludes to Lavender, but is more camphoraceous and is unique in its own right.
Using Spike Lavender is just as easy as using regular Lavender. Those familiar with how to use essential oils will have no problems putting Spike Lavender to use. It can be applied topically to
- promote healing,
- placed on a pillow to promote sleep,
- diffused into the air to create a calm, relaxing atmosphere, or
- mixed with food for a delicious natural taste.
Best of all, Spike Lavender is often less expensive than True Lavender. Check out Davina’s Spike Lavender Oil page and True Lavender Oil page for a comparison of prices, as well as more suggestions on how to use these essential oils.