A hybrid developed by crossing spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) and true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), lavandin’s scent is slightly sharper than lavender. Lavandin produces more oil than true lavender and is more effective in its relaxing benefits. The essential oil is extracted from the flowering tops. Lavandin can be found growing wild in the mountains of southern France. The root of the name was derived from the Latin word “lavo” which means “to wash,” since the Greeks and Romans bathed in water infused with lavender. Ancient Egyptians cultivated lavender in Thebes for use in perfume making and mummification. When excavating King Tutankahmen’s tomb, the aroma of lavender was still prevalent after 3,000 years. Lavandin and lavender, surprisingly, are found in more men’s fragrances than women’s. The essential oil is antibacterial, pain-relieving, deodorizing, antiseptic, fungicidal, insect-repelling, anti-inflammatory, and rejuvenating. An extremely beneficial oil, lavandin aids in healing wounds and soothing skin diseases. Lavandin helps to balance emotions, reduce stress, and relieve headaches. The relaxing aroma can help to prepare you for a good night’s rest.