Skip to main content
Lavender Luvies
our facebook page pintrest instagram
Lavender Stress Balls
Stress Relief
Shipping Information
Special Orders
Bulk Lavender Flowers

Monday, May 25 2020
Lavender Varieties and Uses

A close up of a plant

Description automatically generatedMany of us have heard of English, Spanish, and French lavender, but when you find out that English lavender is found in the fields of Provence and French lavender is actually native to Spain, it can get really get confusing. 
There are many, many different families and relatives of lavender,  and each member of each family lends itself better than others to specific uses.  And to make things even more interesting, of course there are hybrids in the mix! Since distinguishing the numerous varieties can get complex, here I am sharing  my favorites in a simplified reference outline:



1.  English Lavender or True Lavender

       a.  Lavandula angustifolia- native to Mediterranean - often grown in Provence
            i. Munstead

Uses:  Culinary, Essential Oil, Infusion

Many lavender varieties have an intense fragrance with powerful camphor notes.  English lavender, however, tends to have a sweet, citrus scent which blends beautifully with sweet, citrus flavors, therefore making it the best culinary option.  True Lavender essential oil is also the best lavender variety for calming anxiety, stress and encouraging sleep. This essential oil is quite expensive as it yields marginal amounts of essential oil, with yet the purest calming and soothing properties.


2.  French Lavender

       a.  Lavandula dentata - native to Spain

Uses:  Fresh or Dried Bouquets, Wands, Sachets

French lavender is slightly more pungent than English Lavender and it grows on elegant long stalks.  For this reason, I like working with French Lavender for wands or cutting it for bouquets.  Although lavandula latifolia has a stronger camphor fragrance, which I prefer for sachets, lavandula dentata buds are fairly easy to harvest and also make lovely, fragrant sachets.  

3.  Spanish Lavender
        a.  Lavandula stoechas - native to Mediterranean and North Africa

Uses:  Smudge Bundles, Soap, Candles

Although the essential oil from both French and Spanish Lavender is more abundant than the oil from English Lavender, Spanish and French essential oils are  not of equal quality.  However, both are fantastic for soap and candle making.  Further, because the oil is so concentrated in the Spanish Lavender buds, this particular lavender is my first choice when making smudge bundles.  The smoke from Spanish Lavender sprigs added to white sage bundles has a sweet scent and peaceful energy.                                                                

4.  Portuguese Lavender also called Spike Lavender

       a.  Lavandula latifolia - native to Western Mediterranean

Uses:  Soap, Essential Oil, Incense

Spike Lavender has a strong camphor scent and is associated with  easing aches and pains.  For these properties, Portuguese Lavender is wonderful in oil infusions and pain relief salves. It is thought to be more energizing and stimulating than True Lavender and therefore more aligned with concentration and focus.   After the buds have been harvested, the long stalks of the Spike Lavender plant are often bundled and burned as incense to scent and cleanse the air.   


5.  Lavandin - Hybrid cross between Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) and Lavandula latifolia  (Portuguese Lavender) 

       a.  Lavandula x Intermedia

            i.   Grosso     

           ii.   Provence

           iii.  Hidcote

Uses:  Sachets, Wands, Infusions, Essential Oil, Pressed Flowers, Candles

As with any hybrid, Lavandin  offers  combined highlights from its ancestral lavender roots, lavandula angustifolia and lavandula latifolia. I love Grosso lavender for its long stalks, high oil yield and heavenly scented flowers.  The flowers from the Grosso lavender plant are intensely fragrant, perfect for sachets and infusions.  I also appreciate the Hidcote lavender plant for its deep violet color, a gorgeous accent to bath salts, candles or in bouquets.       

A vase filled with purple flowers

Description automatically generated

"It always seems to me as if the lavender was a little woman in a green dress, with a lavender bonnet and a white kerchief. She's one of those strong, sweet, wholesome people, who always rest you, and her sweetness lingers long after she goes away."

~Myrtle Reed







Posted by: Gina AT 12:51 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Lavender Recipes
Saturday, 30 May 2020
Make your own Herbal Infusions
Monday, 25 May 2020
Lavender Varieties Compared and Best Uses
Sunday, 17 May 2020
Vintage Linen Lavender Sachets Lavender LuviesDIY Gifts
Saturday, 16 May 2020
Hand Crocheted Cotton WashclothsLavender Luvies
Sunday, 03 May 2020
Working from Home Stress ReliefLavender Stress Balls
Sunday, 26 April 2020
Fresh Herbal Teal
Sunday, 12 April 2020
Meditating with Herbs Lavender Luvies
Friday, 10 April 2020
Smudging with Herbs, Lavender Stress Relief
Site Mailing List 
The Original Lavender Stress Ball from Lavender Luvies

Lavender Luvies


 Privacy Policy

Site Powered By
    WebBizBuilder Site Manager
    Online web site design