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Lavender Lavandula angustifolia


Lavender Lavandula angustifolia has been a popular bath ingredient since Roman times, when it was used for its scent and as a disinfectant. The Romans took it everywhere they went, spreading the plant throughout Europe. In fact, its genus name, Lavandula, is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning "to wash." In floral arrangements, lavender symbolizes devotion.

There are many different types of lavender, valued for the sweet fragrance of the essential oils and used in the perfume trade and to make soaps and potpourris. It has antibacterial properties that were used to treat wounds during World Wars I and II, and lavender flower tea is said to be an effective remedy against headaches.