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(Lavandula angustifolia Officinalis vera) Folk and traditional therapeutic use of the essential oil of English lavender for pain, infection, relaxation, and sedation dates back centuries. Lavender is rich in volatile oils and has been used historically both as a fragrance and medicinal herb. Linen bags containing lavender flowers were commonly placed under pillows for their alleged sedative properties.
Lavender is thought to possess antibacterial properties. Currently, lavender oil is used as aroma-therapeutically to reduce anxiety, including in a hospital setting. It is often used to reduce agitation in individuals with dementia. Infusions of lavender flowers have been used for similar indications.
The name lavender is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning "to wash." In ancient Greece, Persia, and Rome, it was used as a perfume in baths and laundry and as an antiseptic. Ancient Egyptians created mummification casts by soaking linen in oil of lavender containing asphalt, then wrapping the bodies with these and drying them in the sun until the casts were hard.
Lavender has been renowned for its medicinal properties in India and Tibet. In Tibetan Buddhist medicine, lavender is still used to treat insanity and psychoses. Today, in Europe and the Americas, lavender is often used as a sedative and sleep aid.