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.