* The lavender plant is a member of the mint family.  There are over 25 species of lavender, with English lavender the most prized due to its high quality oil.

* Lavender has a history spanning more than 2,000 years, with beginnings in Egypt as an aid in mummification.  The tomb of King Tut contained urns with traces of lavender fragrance in them.  In ancient Rome, the flowers were added to waters of the famous public baths.

* Today, its buds and oil continue to be used in the treatment of skin conditions and wounds and as an aid to ease anxiety and promote relaxation.  Its relaxing qualities are considered therapeutic by aromatherapists.

(via vegandailynews:)