Everyone is familiar with lavender essential oil.  Lavender essential oil is the go-to essential oil when someone is struggling with relaxing. Lavender essential oil has a light floral sleep-inducing scent.  But have you ever heard of Spike Lavender essential oil?  Spike Lavender is the lesser-known of the two Lavender varieties.  Keep reading to learn more about the chemical differences between these two essential oils, as well as how and when to use them in your aromatherapy practice. Lavender VS Spike Lavender, the two are more complementary than competitive.

Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)

Is a  must-have essential oil for any collection! Lavender is one of the most versatile and tolerated essential oils in aromatherapy. With a soft, floral, fresh aroma, lavender is gentle, yet practical enough for nurturing sensitive areas through a difficult recovery process. Many studies show lavender’s main components (linalool and linalyl acetate) to have a restoring influence on the entire system—body, heart, and mind. Lavender also has a special effect on the skin.

How To Use Lavender

Promote a relaxing stress-free atmosphere

One of lavender’s most popular uses is for relaxation. Mix a few drops of Lavender essential oil with a carrier oil such as Jojoba and apply to the back of the neck, arms, legs, or feet to relieve stress soreness and tension. Add a few drops to an essential oil diffuser to create a calm atmosphere for the whole family.


For acute skincare,  blend a drop or two of lavender essential oil with aloe vera gel. If you have an Aloe Vera plant in your home use that.  Apply the mixture directly to irritated areas as needed.  For this use, I only mix what I will use each time.  If you want to mix a larger batch make sure you refrigerate the mixture because Aloe Vera jell is perishable.

Lavandula angustifolia belongs to the Esters and  Monoterpenols chemical family which gives Lavenderanalgesic antispasmodic antianxiety antioxidant immunostimulant anti-inflammatory skin regenerative antimicrobial and Sedative therapeutic properties.  If you have never experienced the scent of true therapeutic-grade Lavender essential oil you can expect a light floral, woodsy, fresh, and slightly herbaceous scent.  

The shelf life for therapeutic-grade Lavender essential oil is six years.  Always store essential oil in a dark glass bottle in a cool area and out of direct sunlight.

There are no known safety issues for Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential oil.

Lavandula latifolia (Spike Lavender) Essential Oil

Spike lavender essential oil is from the same genus as Lavendula Angustfoilia (Lavender), however, it is a different species. While it has a familiar floral aroma that is similar to lavender essential oil, Spike Lavender is more energizing and has a camphor-like refreshing scent.  Spike lavender’s refreshing scent offers an increased ability to focus  (the kind that can help you finish a workout). In skincare blends, spike lavender can be used to ease acutely uncomfortable or itchy issues, as it can purify skin and calm skin irritations.

How To Use Spike Lavender

Ease Sore Tired Muscles 

After a yoga or spin class or working out, massage your muscles with a few drops of spike lavender blended with a carrier oil such as Jojoba to prevent tightness or cramping.

Fingernail, And Toenail Discoloration 

Care for discolored or thickened nails on your hands or feet with a soothing blend of spike lavender and coconut oil. Use it daily.

Seasonal and Occasional Sinus Discomfort

The camphor properties of Spike LAvender make this an ideal essential oil option for relieving sinus discomfort.  Add a few drops of Spike Lavender to a blank inhaler wick.  Aromatherapy inhalers are super convenient to carry everywhere, particularly while traveling.

 Skin Irritation, Bug Bites

Stop scratching that bug bite! Use an itch salve made with spike lavender in a base of beeswax and jojoba.

Spike Lavender belongs to the Monoterpenols Oxides Ketones chemical families giving this essential oil a minty effervescent scent making Spike Lavender more refreshing than calming. Spike Lavender has many beneficial therapeutic properties such as analgesic antispasmodic antimicrobial antifungal anti-inflammatory and antidepressant.

Shelf LifeYou can expect Spike Lavender to last about five years as long as it is stored in a dark glass bottle in a cool place out of direct sunlight.

Safety & Warnings

Spike Lavender is generally non-toxic. Non-irritating. Energizing for some therefore may be best used during the daytime. Epilepsy – Essential Oil Safety by Tisserand and Young (second edition), suggests avoiding Spike Lavender at levels higher than 19%. Pregnancy – the camphor content is not high enough to be contraindicated during pregnancy. As an extra safety precaution, however, you may choose to avoid Spike Lavender during pregnancy. If oxidized, it may cause irritation or sensitization. Due to the camphor scent, Spike Lavender is too strong to use with babies or children under ten years old on their faces or in steam. Use with caution on children between 5-10 years old. Care must be taken when using with asthmatics due to the camphor scent.

Lavender VS Spike Lavender essential oil how to use in your aromatherapy practice.

Spike Lavender is a great choice for daytime.  Use Spike Lavender when you are experiencing seasonal or occasional sinus discomfort.  Also, use Spike Lavender when you need a little boost in focus such as during a workout or study session.  Lavender is best suited for nighttime use, to help decompress after work, or after a stressful day.  Lavender is also a wonderful choice in the nursery.

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