The beautiful and fragrant lavender dates back to the ancient Mediterranean, Middle East and India, and appears in the Bible and other spiritual texts. The NIH tells us that “lavender has a long history of use to boost appetite and mood, as well as relieve gastrointestinal problems and anxiety” and that “Today, people use lavender as a dietary supplement for anxiety, depression, intestinal problems, and pain…” As a lotion, lavender helps with hair loss and pain and lavender vapor can help induce sleep, reduce pain, and relax agitation due to dementia. And…lavender is a delicious flavoring. To make lavender tea, place 4 teaspoons of lavender buds into a tea ball or sachet and let steep for 10 minutes or blend with other botanicals. Store in a cool, dry cupboard. You can also use lavender as a flavoring, cleanser, ingredient in potpourri and flavoring in cooking.