Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Components: A member of the mint family, lavender is one of the most aromatic of all herbs. The ancient Romans and Egyptians used this beautiful, purple-flowered plant for its powerful, distinctive fragrance and soothing properties.
Overview: A calming herb, the phytochemicals found in lavender readily absorb into the skin, including the sensitive membranes within the nose, which is why even the scent of lavender is soothing. As a spice, lavender is an important component of French cuisine. It helps cut the richness of fatty meats and game, and is also great in desserts.
Uses: The dried flowers may be used in teas, tinctures, and added to baked goods. Cosmetically, it can be added to soaks, creams, lotions, and soaps.