Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family that is native to the Mediterranean region but is now cultivated all over the world. It is well known for its distinctive aroma and its many uses in aromatherapy, cosmetics, and culinary applications. Lavender has long, slender stems with green or grey leaves and produces purple or blue flowers that bloom in the summer. It is commonly used for relaxation and stress relief, and is often found in products such as bath salts, candles, and essential oils. Lavender is also used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and is sometimes consumed as a tea to aid digestion and promote relaxation.