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Lavender Essential Oil: Grades and Regions

Updated on January 11, 2011

Lavender has been prized by human kind since recorded history, for it’s herbal, floral aroma and it’s purifying , healing effect on the skin. Lavender’s name is derived from the Latin term “lavandarius” which means “to wash”, a nod to it’s importance to the Ancients.

Since the lavender plant has been kept and cultivated for centuries very distinctive types, and regions have developed through this selective growing. Below is a guide for those looking for more information on these different types of lavender essential oils available on the market.

Lavender 40/42: Although the therapeutic benefits of this type of lavender are lower than others strains, this oil is valued for it’s consistently floral aroma. Lavender 40/42 is a term for the standardized aroma content, and is made by blending several different lavender oils together to create a consistent balance of 40-42% aroma esters.

Mont Blanc, France
Mont Blanc, France

Lavender Population: is a premium, highly therapeutic type of lavender grown at high altitudes of over 3,000 feet. The aroma of this essential oil tempered by long days of sunshine and a dry climate is referred to as sweet, mellow and herbal.

Lavender Mont Blanc- Grown in the Alps of Western Europe, Lavender Mont Blanc comes from the highest peak in this region, at an altitude of 15,000 feet. Although similar to Lavender Population, this lavender is reputed to have a higher therapeutic value and a more full bodied, earthy aroma.

Lavender garden in Provence, France
Lavender garden in Provence, France

Lavender Maillette- A persistently blue hybrid of lavender grown in the regions of Eastern Europe. Aroma therapists utilize Lavender Maillette to promote healing, reduce the pain of burns and in massage therapy. Lavender Mailette’s aroma is described as freshly herbaceous and floral.

Lavender French- is a popular choice among aroma therapists. This lavender is produced mainly in the Provence region of France. It is both therapeutic and pleasantly floral.

Lavender in Hvar, Croatia
Lavender in Hvar, Croatia

Lavender Croatian- is a strong, deep and long lasting variety of lavender. Comparable in therapeutic value to Lavender Population, Croatian Lavender is produced from lavender sown and harvested by hand. The primary center for Croatia’s lavender production is the island of Hvar.

Lavender Bulgarian- is prized for it’s therapeutic benefit and floral lavender scent. It is said that Bulgarian Lavender’s scent is the closest to that of fresh lavender.


Lavender Barreme- considered the most relaxing of all lavenders. Grown in the chalky soils and dry climate of the Barreme region of France, this lavender has a superior floral aroma with high therapeutic benefit. With a content of over 50% aroma esters naturally occurring this lavender maintains a crisp, floral aroma. Valued as one of the finest quality lavender’s available on the market.

Lavender Spanish- this lavender species has similar medicinal properties to common lavender, yet is considered inferior. Spanish lavender has a fresh, floral aroma, and is less expensive than varieties of L. august folia (common lavender).

Lavandin- An aromatic shrub with similar properties to lavender. Lavandin is almost exclusively used for it’s scent, which is similar to lavender with a dominating green, camphorous note.


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      readabook 7 years ago

      Lavender is my absolute favorite essential oil. I use it for some many things. Now thanks to this hub, I know a bit more about it.

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I really love lavender and your hub - and photos - are so nice! Purple is my favorite color, but I also really love the scent and soothing properties of the plant.

      Rated up!

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Sweet, pretty hub. I grow lots of lavender in my garden at 7000 ft. It always smells great and attracts many bees and hummingbirds. Voted up!

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      Stephanie Henkel 7 years ago from USA

      I fell in love with lavender plants when we saw fields of them in bloom in Sequim, Washington. This was a really informative hub! I'm babying along my lavender plants, but from reading your hub about where they're grown, I don't think the weather in NC is right for them. sigh...

      Congratulations on your HubNugget award!

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Very interesting and informative hub. I love lavender and use it almost daily. I also grew a lavender plant in my back yard so I could enjoy looking at it often. Congrats on your nomination and good luck.

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      sandun81 7 years ago

      This is the first time I heard that much info about lavender though it's my favorite.

      Congrats for Hubnugget Wannabe nomination !

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Great info, I didn't realize there were some many types of lavender besides lavandin. Congrats on being selected as a nominee for this week's HubNuggets Wannabe Contest. Good luck to you! :)

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      crescentaurora1 7 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Thank-you everyone!!!!

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I want that plant, badly! Well, I am propagating aloe vera at my little garden for now.

      Congratulations on your HubNugget nomination!

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination.

      As a massage therapist, I find that lavender added to my massage oil produces the most relaxing, calming effect. And there is very little negative response from the scent.

      Thanks for a very informative hub.


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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      I absolutely LOVED this hub. The visuals alone were wonderful. I rated it 'up'. Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination and welcome to Hubpages. This is a well written hub.

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      Alternative Prime 7 years ago from > California

      It reminds me of "Aloe" another plant that provides a healing essence used in many health products today.

      Good information & Congrats on your Nomination

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Reading about lavender is very soothing and so are the photos! :)

      Congratulations! Your lavender hub has been nominated. Pretty cool huh?

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