Lavender’s role ranges from a garden staple and culinary flavoring to a medicinal oil and insect repellent. The two most popular species are English lavender and French lavender. Native to the Mediterranean, this Hardy evergreen shrub bears narrow gray-green leaves and pinkish purple flowers on spikes. The Egyptian applied it as perfume and included it in the mummification process. Healers have used it, topically or inhaled, it works against insomnia, anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, tooth aches, and sprains, and for healing burns. Diffused lavender oils may prevent cellular damage that can lead to cancer and also protects the body from the components of diabetes.