Modern research has confirmed lavender’s soothing properties, but ancient cultures recognized the fragrant herb’s power long before scientists pulled out their microscopes. Here are 5 surprising ways that lavender has been used in centuries past:
- Ancient Roman bathing houses used lavender to help ease inflammation and pain.
- Bunches of lavender were sold during the Black Plague to ward off disease and bad smells.
- Queen Victoria used lavender to help settle her nerves.
- Lavender oil was used to dress wounds during World War I because of antiseptic shortages.
- Spike lavender is featured in many modern-day moth and insect repellents.