Information on Lavandin essential oil
Lavandin essential oil is extracted from the Lavandula x intermedia (also known as L. hybrida and L. hortensis), also a hybrid of Lavandula angustifolia nd Lavandula Latifolia of the Lamiaceae (Labiatae) family and is also known as bastard lavender.
Although Lavandin Essential Oil is sometimes confused with its cousin, lavender, it really is a wonderful oil and helps you feel more relaxed, easing sore muscles and joints, relieving muscle stiffness, clearing the lungs and sinuses from phlegm and for wound healing and dermatitis.
It is a very good oil to include in a massage blend and although not as well known and used as lavender, it is a very popular and effective ingredient for massage blends.
Lavandin essential oil has a light floral aroma, similar to lavender oil – just sharper and it is clear in color.
Lavandin is a hybrid plant developed in 1900 by crossing true lavender (L. angustifolia) with spike lavender or aspic (L. latifolia) and is larger than lavender with a woody stem and blue or gray flowers.
It is grown extensively in France and often preferred by the perfume industry for its oil and the flowers for sachets, potpourri and craft work.
This oil is extracted from the fresh flowering tops by steam distillation.
Some of the main chemical components of lavandin oil are Linalool, Camphoe and 1,8-Cineole, Lavandulyl acetate
The therapeutic properties of lavandin oil are antidepressant, antiseptic, analgesic cicatrisant, expectorant, nervine and vulnerary.
Lavandin Essential Oil can affect blood clotting and should be avoided before major surgery or when taking anti-coagulant medication or if you have any condition that would be effected by blood not clotting properly. Do not use on open wounds and broken skin.
This oil is sensitizing if it oxidises. As with most essential oils, this essential oil should be kept in a dark and cool place and should be stored in an airtight glass bottle (Preferably in the fridge at a temperature of around 4° Celsius / 39° Fahrenheit).
Please read our page with heading: Safety with Essential Oils before using this oil.
We recommend the following book as an excellent resource regarding safety:
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals by Robert Tisserand & Rodney Young (#ad)
Lavandin Essential Oil can be useful in cases of muscle stiffness and aches and pains. It eases the lungs and helps with coughs, colds and flu.
Burners and vaporizers
It can be used in vapor therapy for coughs, colds and flu and to promote a more relaxed feeling.
Blended Massage Oil or in the Bath
It can be used as a blended massage oil for muscle and joint pains and is great for relieving muscle stiffness or clearing the lungs and sinuses of phlegm.
Blended in a Cream
When used in a cream or lotion it is useful to calm dermatitis.
Suggested Dilution Rates
On the skin
Face: 1% to 1.5%
Body: 1% to 2.5%
Bath: 1% to 2.5%
3 to 24 months:
Do not use this oil topically
2 to 6 years:
Face: 0.25 to 0.4%
Body: 0.25% to 0.4%
Bath: 0.25% to 0.4%
6 to 15 years
Face: 0.4% to 1.5%
Body: 0.4% to 1%
Bath: 0.4% to 1%
Face: 0.5% to 1.5%
Body: 0.5% to 1.5%
Bath: 0.5% to 1.5%
- When in doubt consult your doctor / medical professional before use.
- Most professionals and/or Aromatherapists will always err on the side of safety when giving advice regarding the use of essential oils and oleo resins during pregnancy.
- Quite a number of Aromatherapists advise that you should avoid the topical use of all essential oils completely while pregnant, specifically during the first trimester. This is a very safe approach but may not be necessary at all.
Diffusers and Vaporisers
4 to 8 drops
- When using for the first time – Always use the lowest dilution rate and build up slowly to the maximum. Stop using all essential oils on the skin if irritation or allergy occurs.
- Any advice or instruction received from a medical professional ALWAYS supersedes recommendations or advice found on this website. When in doubt consult your doctor / medical professional.
It has similar qualities to that of true Lavender, but since it has a sharper smell, it is especially useful for treating muscular aches and pains, as well as for circulatory and respiratory problems.