Physically, lavandin has a much more impressive appearance than other, more traditional types. Lavandin plants are physically larger, often growing to be over 4 feet in height as well as in width. They are lovely for filling in large spaces in gardens and possess larger leaves and longer flowering stalks than it’s cousin. At their longest the flowers can account for 2/3rds of the plant’s height. The flower buds range from dark, violet blue, to lavender, or even white!
One of the differences between lavender and lavandin essential oil is the higher rate of camphor found in the latter. This gives the oil a muskier and more penetrating aroma. Generally the two oils are used for the same purposes such as healing stretch marks and scars, reducing inflammation, healing cuts, relieving pain, and relaxing the mind, but one difference is that lavandin is not recommended for healing burns due to its high camphor content. Alternately, because of this, lavandin is more commonly used for respiratory and circulation problems. Aromatherapists diffuse lavandin to help clear nasal congestion as well.
Lavender scents are very similar to each other, and we love to use lavandin essential oil because out of the hundreds of kinds that exist, we found that lavandin provides the most closely true, full bodied scent that everyone knows and loves.
Til next time,