What culinary herb is also used in perfume?

Lavender is a fantastic perfume, either in the form of an essential oil or dried blossoms tucked into the lingerie drawer or in a pouch tossed into the clothes dryer to scent a load of laundry. Lavender, known to have calming properties, is used in aroma therapy. It is so gentle to the skin that it is incorporated into baby lotions and recommended for a goodnight sleep.

Thousands of years ago, ancient civilizations used lavender to perfume the deceased before mummifying their bodies, and to perfume their baths, the air and their foods. Further, the herb was referred to in religious rituals of anointing and other holy protection. Lavender, quite expensive in ancient times, was often combined with other ingredients and fragrances, such as roses, pumpkin and spices, to stretch it into a more affordable and versatile product.

Easy to grow and hardy, lavender plants are an attractive perennial in the garden or in containers. The herb comes in many varieties with long lasting blossoms that perfume the air and calm the soul.

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