Lavender's qualities for both fragrance and healing properties have been recognised almost since the beginning of recorded civilisation. The plant's name is derived from the Latin word lavandum which translates to Lavender in English. When Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in 1922, 3,000 years after it was sealed, traces of lavender were reportedly found to retain a very slight scent, an amazing discovery. Ancient Egyptian culture held body-care and cleanliness to such importance that it transcended economic status. Records show that almost all citizens applied body oil daily as a form of moisturising and skin protection. The Ancient Greeks used lavender to fight insomnia, backaches, and recognised its antiseptic healing qualities, apart from the high-quality aromas. The Romans also loved lavender for its perfume and used it extensively in their elaborate bathing rituals. It was also used extensively for cooking and early medicines. Legend has it that lavender was first brought to Britain by the Romans, with reports that their soldiers carried their own first aid kits of herbs. And wherever the armies settled, they would grow lavender, rosemary, parsley, sage, thyme, fennel, and many others herbs. The Romans were also aware of the healing, soothing and insect repellent properties of lavender. When they retreated from Britain, lavender continued to be grown extensively by monks as part of their physic gardens along with a whole range of other herbal remedies. After that, lavender spread throughout Europe and the rest of the world.