The word lavender originally stems from from the Latin word lavare which means "to wash". Dried lavender is produced from the flowers of the lavender plant.

Lavender is an aromatic evergreen shrub that blooms in purple colors during late spring to early autumn. Its homeland is considered the Mediterranean region. It is believed that a warm drink from lavender soothes the tense mind. Lavender tea is made from the dried flowers of the plant and can be store-bought or prepared at home. The tea from lavender flowers is known for its soothing, calming effects on the central nervous system. The typical aroma has a positive effect on mood and lightens emotional discomfort. Lavender has been used for centuries by herbalists and in aromatherapy to promote restful sleep and alleviate insomnia.

Inhaling lavender flowers that are boiled in water can soothe respiratory ailments such as coughs and colds. The vapors produced by boiling the flowers can also help to ease headaches and insomnia. To use lavender inhalation therapy, place a handful of the dried flowers in a pot of boiling water. You inhale the vapors by removing the pot from heat, placing a towel over your head and breathing in the steam.