Lavender is a shrubby plant indigenous to the mountainous regions of the countries bordering the western half of the Mediterranean, and cultivated extensively for its aromatic flowers in various parts of France, in Italy and in England and even as far north as Norway, and Australia.
Lavender is widely known for its skin aiding properties and historical use as a sedative. Lavender has been used for over 2,500 years. Greeks and Romans perfumed their bathwater with lavender and burned lavender incense to appease their wrathful gods. They also believed the scent of lavender to soothe untamed lions. It is well known as an air deodorizer. Lavender was used for mummification and perfume by the Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Arabs.