Lavandin Essential Oil
What is Essential Oil Of Lavandin?
This essential oil is produced from the Lavender Hybrids known as Lavandins or Lavandula x intermedias. These hybrids are produced from the cross of Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia.
This cross breeding produced plants that are tougher and able to grow throughout more geographical regions although they cannot produce their own viable seed and are sterile. France supplies a large percentage of the Lavandin oil distilled for use.
This Lavandin oil has some of the beneficial properties and qualities of true sweet Lavender essential oil but it still has a camphorous scent which is inherited from the other half of it's parentage from the spike Lavender Lavendula latifolia.
What is Lavandin Essential Oil used for?
Lavandin essential oil smells a lot like the sweet Lavender oil we all know but has a bit more sharper note to its fragrance. Because of this it is used to relieve muscle aches and pains, ease congestion and sinus problems as well as used topically to treat skin wounds and dermatitis.
Lavandin oil is used in many perfumes, Lavender soaps, household cleaners, and the scent difference it has makes it perfect for this use, blending nicely with the other ingredients.
Lavandin oils should be avoided in the treatment of burns due to their chemical makeup. Using it to treat cuts, scrapes and insect bite and stings is fine though due to the oils increased antibacterial qualities.
Oil from Lavandin may be used for aromatherapy just like true Lavender oil. There is a more noticable camphor quality to it's scent which blends well with some other essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Bergamot, and Mint.
This Lavandin oil is less expensive than the highly coveted sweet angustifolia essential oil. Please do not be scared of the difference in scent as this is a wonderful oil which has beneficial qualities from both sides of it parentage.