For those of you not intimately acquainted with different species of lavender (and let’s face it, unless you own a lavender farm, why would you be?!), ‘Grosso’ is a Lavandin. This is hybrid lavender which is the result of crossing two different species – Lavandula latifolia and Lavandula angustifolia. The full botanical name of lavandin is Lavandula x intermedia with the “x” indicating that it is an inter-species hybrid. Like many hybrids, for example, a mule, lavandin is sterile. Also as the name “intermedia” suggests, many of its characteristics are intermediate between the two parents.
To many, at first glance lavandin looks pretty similar to lavandula angustifolia (also known as English lavender), but if you look a little closer you’ll find that in general lavandins are bigger with longer, stronger stems. Often you get branching up the stems with small flower spikes at the end of the branch. The main flower spikes tend to be bigger, longer and often more pointy that the English lavenders.
So what’s the difference between the oil distilled from English Lavender and that from Grosso Lavender? The main plane of difference between the two is that Grosso Lavender produces a stronger fragrance, whereas English Lavender is used more for its amazing therapeutic effects. It is partly for this reason that Grosso Lavender oil is often used in more commercially produced lavender products, as a little tends to go a long way. There is also the fact that lavandin produces much more oil than English lavender.
However this is not the only difference – the oil is different as well. Grosso Lavender produces an oil that has higher levels of camphor than English Lavender, and so it can be excellent when used to ease breathing difficulties. A few drops of Grosso Lavender oil into a bowl of steaming water can make a fantastic inhalation to clear blocked sinuses. Or add a couple of drops to an oil burner or vaporiser and let the vapours fill the room. Another use of Grosso oil that takes advantage of its camphor levels is its use as an insect repellent in the home. A few drops into a vaporiser or if the Grosso oil has been used to make a lavender-scented candle, can work wonders in getting rid of those pesky bugs.
Finally if you want to take the fragrance of lavender with you all day, but aren’t a fan of perfume (or you’ve just run out of our lovely Lavender Eau de Toilette!), then why not add the aroma of lavender to your clothes? Simply try 10 drops of our fabulous Grosso Lavender oil mixed with your fabric conditioner in the washing machine, or pop 10 drops on a piece of fabric and put in the tumble drier and you will have a fantastic fresh lavender scent with you all day!