Ever since I was a child I've had an obsession with all things lavender from the scent to the color and even the taste. I find the name evocative of fields in France with the heady smell permeating the air.
Lavender oil has been used for thousands of years, all the way back to the pharos in Egypt who insisted the oils extracted from the Lavandula angustifolia plant be incorporated into their massages and baths and it was also included in the mixes used during the mummification process. Legend claims that Cleopatra used lavender to seduce Julius Cesar and Mark Antony. During the middle ages it was used widely in Europe to fend off evil spirits and many royals would insist in having bouquets of lavender in their sleeping quarters as protection against harmful energy.
In addition to its amazing fragrance lavender offers many benefits such as improved sleep, moods and memory, pain relief, healing skin damage caused by burns and has also proven effective as an antiseptic and insecticide.
Whether you decide to grow it or procure it in one of its many forms such as essential oil, dried up in sachets, tea, candy and even ice cream I believe you will find that the pungent scent awakens all your senses and makes you come alive.