Lavender has been appreciated for its many uses (and scent!) for over 3,000 years. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and people of ancient Arabia used lavender for fragrance to perfume themselves, and for mummification. The Romans were the first to give it the name lavender, from the Latin verb “lavare” which means “to bath, or wash” or from the word “livendula” which means “bluish“. Used for many purposes in Roman households, the lavender flower had soothing tonic qualities, it was added dishes during cooking for flavor, it was used as an insect repellent, added to smoking mixtures, and lavender oil was added to baths by Roman men and women.