What is Lavender Oil made from? – Part 2

The earlier post – What is Lavender Oil Made From? – Part 1 – was about how lavender oil is often analysed using a process called gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy. The results of this shows that lavender oil is pretty complicated; containing up to a hundred different components. This post is about these components. One thing to… Read more »

Lavender vs. Lavandin

Over the years I’ve come across all sorts of unjustified statements comparing these two species of lavender – Lavandula angustifolia (sometimes called “English” or “true” lavender) and Lavandula x intermedia (conveniently shortened to lavandin).

Three Cheers for the Humble Lavender Bag!

When it comes to lavender, probably the most common product that we will have come across is the humble lavender bag. Often tucked away in our sock or undies draw, placed amongst sheets or rugs, under our pillow when trying to sleep: hidden away, but most definitely there for you to “discover” occasionally. For some,… Read more »

The mysterious Spanish lavender

I received a question from a customer, which again posed another question. The question and the answer – not that there is a clear one – illustrates some of the confusion with naming lavender. The question from a customer was….. I used Lavender oil a great deal as it helps with my Fibromyalgia. I have always… Read more »

Lavender Oil Producing Plants

“Lavender” is part of the broad botanical genus – Lavandula. This is thought to be made up of 50 different species, and within some of these species are perhaps hundreds of different cultivars/varieties. For the purposes of lavender oil we are mainly concerned with two species –lavandula angustifolia (sometimes called English lavender or true lavender),… Read more »

I have a lavender problem!

I received the below message from a fellow lavender enthusiast. It seemed typical of the confusion that abounds when talking about lavender, so I thought that I’d answer it in a Jersey Lavender blog post….. Hello.  I have a problem.  I am very confused about different lavender essential oils.  I have tried a few from… Read more »

Lavender Oil: sometimes, all is not quite what it seems!

They say that “a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing”. I was trawling a few lavender related blogs and came across one that was doing a fantastic job of promoting enthusiasm for lavender and it’s uses, but it seemed that some of the information was only “half the story”, and prompted me to put my experience into this… Read more »

The Top Uses of Lavender Oil

Lavender and lavender oil has been used for many  centuries. The Greeks and Egyptians used it medicinally the Romans used it for its fragrance. The Elizabethans liked it at home, in the garden and on the plate! The Victorians used it at home to disinfect and to refresh. Even today, despite the predominance of chemical… Read more »