Lavender Alpine – Lavendula angustifolia – Bulgaria
Family: Labiatae (mint family)
Extraction: Steam distilled from flowers and stalks
Volatility: Middle note
Aroma: Light, floral, sweet undertones, typical of lavender
Esters (33-50%) Linalyl acetate
Alcohols: linalool (18 -33%)
Monoterpenes (5%): a-pinene, delta-3-carene, camphene
Cautions / Safety Data
Do not use on the skin full strength. Always dilute in appropriate carriers before use. Not for internal use. If pregnant or suffering from serious medical conditions, consult a qualified health professional, experienced in the use of essential oils.
Alpine Lavender is a very useful oil to synergize or energize a blend. This variety is somewhat sweeter so it does blend well with other florals without an overwhelming aroma. Activates other oils and intensifies their effect. Generally regarded as the most useful and versatile oil used for therapeutic purposes. Many therapists will say, “when in doubt, use lavender.”
Image credit: Photo of Lavendula angustifolia flowers by Andrew Butko. Licensed under CC Attribution Share-Alike 3.0. This image has been remixed/edited.