Lavandin oil is extracted from the Lavandula x intermedia (also known as L. hybrida and L. hortensis), of the Lamiaceae (Labiatae) family and is also known as bastard lavender.
Although this essential oil is sometimes confused with its cousin, lavender, it really is a wonderful oil and helps you feel more relaxed, easing sore muscles and joints, relieving muscle stiffness, clearing the lungs and sinuses from phlegm and for wound healing and dermatitis. It is really a very good oil to include in a massage blend and although not as well known and used as lavender, it is a very popular and effective ingredient for massage blends.
Lavandin essential oil has a light floral aroma, similar to lavender oil – just sharper and it is clear in color.
Origin of Lavandin
Lavandin is a hybrid plant developed in 1900 by crossing true lavender (L. angustifolia) with spike lavender or aspic (L. latifolia) and is larger than lavender with a woody stem and blue or gray flowers.
It is grown extensively in France and often preferred by the perfume industry for its oil and the flowers for sachets, potpourri and craft work.
Lavandin oil is extracted from the fresh flowering tops by steam distillation.
The main chemical components of lavandin oil are lavandulol, linalool, linalyl acetate, camphor, cineole, caryophyllene, camphene, dipentene, limonene, ocimene and terpinene.
Lavandin oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.
The therapeutic properties of lavandin oil are antidepressant, antiseptic, analgesic cicatrisant, expectorant, nervine and vulnerary.
Lavandin oil can be useful in cases of muscle stiffness and aches and pains. It eases the lungs and helps with coughs, colds and flu.
It has similar qualities to that of true Lavender, but since it has a sharper smell, it is especially useful for treating muscular aches and pains, as well as for circulatory and respiratory problems.
- Burners and vaporizers
- Lavandin oil can be used in vapor therapy for coughs, colds and flu and to promote a more relaxed feeling.
- Blended oil or in the bath
- Lavandin oil can be used as a blended massage oil for muscle and joint pains and is great for relieving muscle stiffness or clearing the lungs and sinuses of phlegm.
- Cream or lotion
- When lavandin oil is used in a cream or lotion it is useful to help the skin heal wounds faster and also calms dermatitis.