Welcome my friends. I’m so glad you joined me for another week. Life has been hectic lately, but things are slowing back to normal now.
We recently talked about lavender. I talked about the scientific side of it, the history, the modern age “discovery” of the property of lavender & finally the uses of it.
In my research, I learned more than I could put in one writing so, I decided “Lavender” will have a “Pt. 2”. In this one we will learn about the 3 different kinds of Lavender Oils & some of my personal experiences using this oil.
As I mentioned there are 3 types of Lavender Essential Oils. What they have in common is they each belong to the botanical family of Lamiacea & each have the Latin “Lavandula” in their name, but they do have different properties.
Naturally occurring in nature is True Lavender & Spike Lavender. Lavandin is a hybrid of the True & Spike, created in the 1920’s. Naturally we can expect Lavandin to share properties from both, so let’s look at each of them first.
True & Spike Lavenders have the same basic makeup of 12 chemicals. The difference is in the percentage of each chemical. The ones we’ll touch on are Esters, Alcohols, Oxides & Ketones. These four are the biggest players.
Esters are chemical compounds, which are made by replacing the hydrogen of an acid by an alkyl. Essential oils are esters of fatty acids which react with water to create alcohols. Esters are characterized as antifungal & sedative, and have a balancing action on the nervous system
Alcohols bring with them properties like antifungal, antiviral, strong bactericidal, balancing, anti-inflammatory & immune-stimulant. In the Essential Oil the alcohol rarely causes skin irritation.
Oxides are usually irritating when applied to the skin, particularly on young children & people with sensitive skin. Oxides aid in respiratory illnesses. They are antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial, with expectorant effects.
Ketones assist in the flow of mucus & will ease congestion. They promote wound healing & aid in the formation of scar tissue. Ketones are usually very toxic, but there are some (lavender, jasmine, peppermint, etc.) non-toxic ones.
True Lavender is made up of about 45% Esters & 36% Alcohol. This would make it best for balancing, calming, cell regenerating. anti-inflammatory in the beginning of the infection, antifungal, antiviral, a strong bactericidal & an immune-stimulant.
Spike Lavender is about 34% Oxides, 32% Alcohols & 15% Ketones. This combination makes it more antiviral, decongestant, mucolytic, immune stimulating & other stimulating properties. In the Spike the Esters are down to 2%, making the Spike less in antifungal, antiviral & bactericidal properties.
That brings us to the Lavandin Essential Oil. As a hybrid, we can expect it to have a bit of both Spike and True Lavenders. What it appears to be is the highest in the Alcohol (45%) & Esters (30%) making it the strongest antifungal, antiviral, bactericidal, immune-stimulant & balancing oil.
There are the three types of Lavender. I happen to be using the Spike Lavender now. I diffuse some in the evenings after work. I have found it helpful in letting go of the day & unwinding before my yoga/meditation.
I pray this has been as informative for you as it has been for me. If you wish to purchase the Spike I do have it in the Organic at http://www.lbelitearomas.com/.
Til next we meet, may you Be Blessed.