Spanish Lavender – Lavandula stoechas

Spanish Lavender
Spanish Lavender

This lavender occurs naturally in the Mediterranean. In Australia, where it was introduced, it has become invasive. Since 1920 it has been declared a noxious weed.

This plant is sometimes known as ‘rabbit-ears’ because of the sterile, purple, bracts sticking up from the pinecone like flower heads

The fragrance of this species is kind of between a true lavender scent and a pungent

Rosemary fragrance. The antiseptic, piney fragrance of Spanish Lavender makes it an exceptionally fragrant landscape plant but not the first choice for use in cooking. The word Lavender has its roots in the Latin word to wash – lavare, partially explaining why Spanish Lavender is probably what the ancient Greeks and Romans used to scent their bath water.

From this lavender is extracted French Oil which is used for air fresheners, deodorants,

disinfectants, and insecticides. A facial wash from lavender flowers stimulates cell growth and helps against acne. Lavandula stoechas (Arabian or French lavender) is used in Unani medicine as a nervine tonic. In Unani medicine the leaves and flowers are used to treat cephalalgia, epilepsy, hemiplegia, Bells Palsy, neurasthenia, melancholia, and debility.

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