Lavandin is often mistaken for lavender, however they are different plants. Lavandin is a hybrid of Lavender and the scent is stronger and sweeter. There are many cultivars of Lavandin, all having a floral aroma yet different, for example Lavandin Grosso is more camphoraceus while Lavandin Abrialis is sweeter with a touch of spice.
Lavandin is an aromatic evergreen shrub that tends to grow much larger in size than Lavender. This wood shrub grows approximately 3 feet in height, has green, narrow, linear leaves and produces violet-blue flowers. The entire plant is covered with oil glands, which are star shaped hairs. The flowers heads are compressed, and are a dull greyish blue color. This hybrid evolved naturally near the seas in Italy, Spain and France. Lavandin is utilized primarily for its scent and is very popular with aromatherapists and massage therapists. The aromatic properties of Lavandin are quite similar to those of Lavender, but they are more intense and sharp, since it is a hybrid.
Lavandin essential oil is favored for:
- Antidepressant – Lavandin is known to have antidepressant properties and is used to lift ones spirit, reduce anger, stress, anxiety and depression.
- Anti-Viral and Expectorant – Lavandin is used in treating conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, throat infections and bad breath.
- Anti-Fungal – Due to its anti-fungal properties, Lavandin is often used to treat candida and athlete’s foot.
- Circulation – Lavandin is considered to be an excellent choice for promoting circulation and relieving muscular pain, backache, sprains and rheumatism.