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September 20, 2012 / martinezyoga

Wake Up! Smell the…

Spike Lavender – Lavandula spica

Aroma – Fresh, camphoraceous, herbaceous, dry, woody

Parts Used – Flowering tops from wild plants

Extraction Method – Steam distilled

Therapeutic Properties – Analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, decongestant, insecticide

Interesting Facts – Commonly called aspic, it is considered as the ‘male lavender’ in contrast to L. angustifolia which is referred to as the ‘female lavender’. The term aspic comes from the Greek term meaning ‘Egyptian cobra’ and owes this name to its historical use against the venom of the asp.

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