Spike lavender, Lavandula latifolia is commonly grown in the southern Mediterranean countries of Spain, Portugal and Italy, with Spain the dominant oil producer.
The plant itself grows at lower altitudes to that of other lavender species and has a higher oil yield (sometimes 3 times higher). Typically these two factors result in this essential oil being cheaper than other sources. The plant can grow between 40-80 cm in height and is typically harvested between June and September.
The odour profile of lavender spike is different to that of the more commonly know Lavandula angustifolia type as it is stronger with more dominant camphor notes, almost eucalyptus like.
Due to its odour strength it is typically used in small amounts in the perfumery industry. Its healthcare and therapeutic properties make it an interesting product as a analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insecticide, stimulant and stomachic active.
Often found in the temperate climes of the Mediterranean, spike lavender is found growing profusely at an altitude of 1440 metres. It is harvested in August, and this year the production yield is said to be 50 kgs/ hectare.
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