Though native to the Mediterranean region, lavender is also grown in the USA.
There are four (4) main species of Lavender:
- Lavendula angustifolia - true lavender
- Lavendula latifolia - spike lavender
- Lavendula x intermedia - lavandin
- Lavendula stoechas - maritime lavender
- Lavandin var Grosso
The main producers of true lavender are France and Bulgaria, though there are smaller producers throughout the world including the USA.
Lavandin is a hybrid of the true lavender and spike lavender. The plant is larger and much hardier than true lavender.
These materials are steam distilled from freshly cut flowering tops and stalks. It is a colorless or pale yellow liquid with a sweet, floral herbaceous refreshing scent with a pleasant, balsamic-woody undertone.
It should be noted: Lavender oil is the most popular and versatile essential oil in aromatherapy.
Rudolf Steiner suggested that Lavender stabilizes the physical, etheric and astral bodies which indicates a positive effect on the psychological disorders. It appears to cleanse and soothe the Spirit relieving anger and exhaustion, resulting in a calmer approach to life.
Davis says that the calming and relaxing qualities of lavender can help in reaching deeper states of meditation. She recommends using lavender to integrate our spirituality into everyday life. Further, she suggests that it helps to bring together the higher and lower chakra centers into harmony with each other.