For over 2,500 years, lavender oil has been used around the world as a fragrance in bath products and perfumes. Not only does lavender smell refreshing, it’s believed to promote relaxation and restfulness. This multi-faceted herb is also thought to soothe headaches and relieve joint and muscle pain.

Lavender essential oil is a favorite among natural healers and aroma therapists. Some find it helpful in treating irritating acne, and reducing pesky wrinkles. Others believe it helps with calming minor sunburns and skin conditions like eczema.

It is believed that Cleopatra’s secret to love was lavender. From ancient Egypt through today, lavender has been associated with romance and calming “tremblings of the heart.” Its crisp, woody scent is believed to excite thoughts of love in those who smell it. According to myth, if you give a sprig of lavender to a loved one, they will reciprocate your feelings of romance upon smelling this delightful herb.

Lavender is a unique and unexpected herb for the kitchen. Its buds contribute a floral and slightly sweet taste to roasted or baked goods. This versatile herb can also be used interchangeably with mint or sage and yields equally-delicious results.