When you pick up a Lavender Essential Oil, what exactly are you buying?
Is Lavandin and Lavender the same?
These questions are worth asking yourself as many people have experienced adverse effects with themselves and their pets when using the incorrect type of Lavender Essential Oil.
Lavender Comes in Many Forms
One great way to assess what type of Lavender you're buying is to check the scientific name. For example, two of the most popular Lavender Essential Oils come from the species Lavandula angustifolia (aka "true" Lavender) and Lavandula intermedia (aka Lavandin).
Lavandula angustifolia is the essential oil whose benefits have been researched and tested vigorously.
With Lavender, you can expect to relax your body and mind. Lavender can melt the stress of the day away by promoting feelings of tranquility and harmony within. As one of the most versatile essential oils, Lavandula angustifolia can also help clean cuts, heal bruises, and reduce skin irritation.
However, it's important not to confuse true Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) with Lavandin.
Lavandin is a hybrid species cross between Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia. It is often called "Lavandula." Generally speaking, it tends to be a larger plant than true Lavender or (Lavandula angustifolia). Lavandin is technically a cheaper version of Lavender. While Lavandin can also be extracted from France, it does not match the quality of true Lavender.
It was originally developed as a hybrid in order to be more resistant to viruses and bacteria. It has different uses from true Lavander aka Lavandula angustifolia and is more useful for its fragrance than for its therapeutic benefits.
Lavandin also has a high level of camphor content. It's especially important to know this if you own a cat. Oils with high levels of camphor have been known to be dangerous to cats.
If you notice that a pack of essential oils is significantly cheaper than others on the market such as a 6-pack for $10, whether it be on Amazon or elsewhere, it's highly likely that the "Lavender" inside is either Lavandin or synthetic Lavender.
Some essential oil enthusiasts have seen their cats have seizures and convulsions as a result of exposure to Lavandin as cats don't have the liver enzyme to metabolize it.
Caution: Some drug stores carry Lavandin with the name, Lavender Essential Oil. However, you can check for the scientific, Latin, or INCI name to make sure you're purchasing pure Lavender. Always check essential oils for GC-MS tests to ensure that the oil you plan to purchase has been tested for purity. If there is no GC-MS report, it is probable that the oil is disingenuous, synthetic or adulterated.
According to essential oil and aromatherapy expert, Robert Tisserand, "Cats almost completely lack important liver enzymes that humans do possess, and which are important in the metabolism of many essential oil constituents. These are primarily UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) enzymes such as UGT1A6, UGT1A9, and UGT2B7 (Court 2013, Van Beusekom 2013)."
The GuruNanda Promise (Lavandula angustifolia)
Every Lavender Essential Oil that we sell is Lavandula angustifolia, 100% pure and natural, and it is rigorously tested for purity with GC-MS testing reports. Our CEO, Puneet "Guru" Nanda, is personally involved in every step from choosing the finest farms to forming relationships with honest farmers to the testing and distillation processes. True Lavender aka Lavandula angustifolia is the superior plant and is the version of Lavender that has been tested for therapeutic effects around the world.