Organic Lavender Stoechas Essential Oil
- Lavender Stoechas is an unusual Lavender, quite different from other Lavender species. It stimulates circulation and the immune system, is mucus solving and therefore excellent for respiratory infections.
Farming Method Certified Organic Country of Origin Spain Plant Part Flower Tops Scientific Name Lavandula stoechas Application Method Bath, Diffusion, Inhalation, Topical
The aroma of Lavender Stoechas is not as floral as that of the common Lavender. It has a herbal medicinal smell. It contains ketones which stimulate the body’s defenses and help overcome infections. It is good for the respiratory system in times of the common cold and flu. It stimulates the circulatory system, so it complements Rosemary in that respect. It is softer than commonly stimulating oils like Rosemary and Eucalyptus, bringing the best of worlds - stimulation and the healing property of common Lavender.
Burns, cuts, scars: Topical Application to diluted 5% in any carrier oil (25 drops per tablespoon). If the wound is open, use undiluted in minute quantities. Helichrysum is preferable for larger injuries.
Sore muscles: Topical Application diluted 3-5% in carrier oil.
Anxiety: Diffusion, Topical Application diluted 5% in carrier oil, Aromatic Bath.
Sleep disturbances: Diffusion, Topical Application diluted 3-5% in carrier oil.
Do not use during pregnancy or breast feeding. Use in moderation.
Use essential oils only in diluted form on the skin and never internally. Always be careful when using essential oils with children. Give them only low doses, or better, consult a qualified aromatherapy expert before using. Also, use essential oils with care and only under the proper guidance of an expert while pregnant or if you have liver damage, epilepsy, cancer or other serious health problems.
Lavender Stoechas generally wasn’t used in cooking. But it is probably the type of lavender that the ancient Greeks and Romans used to scent their bath water. The word Lavender comes from the Latin root “lavare” which means “to wash”.
This plant has a long history. Apparently the ancient Greeks called it “Stoechas” because they found it on the Hyeres islands off the French coast. At the time, the Romans were ruling these islands and calling them the “Stoechades”. It is thought to have been brought to these islands from its native Mesopotamia. Later it was brought from these islands to France and later England. That’s why it is sometimes called “Greek Lavender” or 'French' or “Spanish” Lavender. It was used medicinally in England until the middle of the 18th Century.
About the Plant
Native to the Mediterranean region, Lavender Stoechas grows wild mainly in Spain, Portugal and on the western coastline of Morocco.
Lavender Stoechas normally grows as an evergreen shrub, although it can grow up to 7 feet tall depending on the sub-species. Although it is fragile and not that winter hardy, it can grow in a range of harsh conditions.
Its leaves are greyish in color and are densely covered with short matted woolly hairs. Each tiny pink to purple flower appears at the end of a bract. A number of these bracts and flowers are clumped together to form a spike on the top of a slender leafless stem. The long bright purple (and in rare cases white) flowers at the top of the spike are actually bracts (modified leaves) rather than flowers. These long flowers are sometimes called “rabbit ears.” The flower bloom from late spring to summer.
Lamiaceae – The Mint Family
Lavender is the great universal healer. It can help with inflammations, burns, bruises, pain, spasms, restlessness, insomnia and many other nervous irritations. Its potency is decent for most of these conditions. However, we have an array of different essential oils that are specialists which can often only help with only one or two conditions but in an extremely potent way.
Be sure you are always using 100% pure, unadulterated Lavender Oil, as it is one of the most frequently adulterated essential oils.
Scent: More herbal and medicinal than common lavender.
Blends With: Rosemary, Spanish Marjoram, Thyme Borneol
Fragrance Note: Middle
Composition: Fenchone, linalool, lavandulol, thujone, terpineol, cineol, limonene