Native to the Mediterranean, but now grown in dry areas in the Western US as well as Europe, this aromatic shrub has been used for cooking and multiple purposes for thousands years. For culinary purposes, it is used as a spice in French cuisine and is an important part of Herbs de Provence, for example. It is often used alone to impart its distinctive floral aroma and flavor in breads and meats as well as used with sugar in baked goods and candies. These fragrant flowers are often used in personal care products, such as soaps and lotions, and in perfumes. Lavender flowers have been used over the centuries to help heal a variety of ailments such as skin relief, as an anti-inflammatory, address sleep issues, as a relaxant, among many other uses.