In the olden days, say, going back a few thousand years, Lavender was not used as an essential oil. Rather, the ancients worked with Lavender as an Infused Oil. An infused oil was made by putting flowers in a vat of cooking oil, and placing a tight cover on it. The whole vat was then placed in a pan of hot water and simmered for 1-2 hours. When cooled, it was strained and put into airtight containers for storage.
While the Egyptians used Lavender for the mummification process, other ancient peoples used it for massaging painful joints, muscular aches and promoting healing during illness. Roman soldiers used Lavender for bathing. And in fact, the word Lavender comes from Latin: “lavare” meaning to wash. During Medieval times Lavender was one of the scents used to ward off infections and diseases, such as the Black Plague. Glove makers would actually scent their gloves with Lavender for this very purpose. In fact, this is how the perfume industry began; to ward off illness. Lavender was one of the prime ingredients of the famous Eau de Cologne.
How else did the ancients use Lavender?