Lavender is part of the mint family, Lamiaceae and comprise approximately twenty-five to thirty genus within that family. 

Lavender comes from many regions of the world, the largest being Bulgaria - shown to the right. It has also been famously grown in Grasse, France and Kashmir.

Lavender has provided centuries of relief for those suffering from anxiety, stress, exhaustion, headaches, migraines, stomach aches, worry, fear, colds, digestion, stomach upset and other ailments.

Many studies have been conducted on Lavender showing it has both antibacterial and antioxidant properties.  The composition of Lavender varies considerably from season-to-season and from geographical area to geographical area but as Kurt Schnaubelt wisely elucidates in his book, Medical Aromatherapy, it is the synergistic effects of the essential oils from the natural world which indeed adapt them so well as agents of healing for us having evolved to protect themselves from invading bacteria, fungi, viruses and having evolved alongside man unlike those chemicals which are artificially created within laboratories.  One such study done at the University in China showed it could be an effective agent against rhinitis conducted in 2010.