5 Ways Lavender Has Made History

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:

  1. Ancient Roman bathing houses used lavender to help ease inflammation and pain.
  2. Bunches of lavender were sold during the Black Plague to ward off disease and bad smells.
  3. Queen Victoria used lavender to help settle her nerves.
  4. Lavender oil was used to dress wounds during World War I because of antiseptic shortages.
  5. Spike lavender is featured in many modern-day moth and insect repellents.