I used to think that Lavandin was just just a cheap substitute for True Lavender. Turns out, there's some truth to that, but Lavandin is also a potent plant medicine and a worthy plant ally in its own right.
My mind was conditioned by the aromatherapy industry, which viewed Lavandin as a mediocre oil compared to True Lavender. I don't hold the same view any longer because I see how both varieties of Lavendula offer a unique array of healing benefits. (Below, I will show you a comparison of the two.)
Also, Lavandin was and is currently being bottled and sold as True Lavender because it costs less to produce and it smells more appealing to the average consumer than True Lavender.
For a bit, it bothered me that corporations were selling Lavandin as a cheap substitute for True Lavender, especially because the benefits are not the same. For instance, if you try to use Lavandin for a burn, it is likely to exacerbate the issue!
That was enough to steer me away from Lavandin for about a decade. Thankfully, during that time, I learned how to see through my judgments and opinions, so that I could finally discover Lavandin and welcome its essential oil into my apothecary.
What is Lavandin?
Lavandin is a hybrid plant...a cross between Lavender Angustafolia (True Lavender) and Lavender Latifolia (Spike Lavender).
True Lavender (male) grows at a higher elevation than Spike Lavender (female). The two varieties of Lavender are naturally cross-pollinated by bees and insects, and the result is a larger plant that yields an aroma that's sweeter and less medicinal than Lavender.
Discovered in the late 1920's, Lavandin initially grew wild in the valleys of France. Farmers quickly found out that Lavandin flowers were much larger than Lavender, and they yielded far more essential oil. That's still the case, and that's why the price of Lavandin is generally less than Lavender.
Because of it's Lavender-like aroma and affordable price, Lavendin is used in many commercial products, including cleaning product, soaps, creams, lotions, perfumes and air fresheners.