Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly, lavender’s green When I am king, dilly, dilly, you shall be queen A colour; a plant; a scent. The healing properties of lavender have been well known for thousands of years. Used to treat a range of ailments such as insomnia, depression, migraines and joint pains, the aroma of lavender has a relaxing effect on the body as well as the mind and soul. A versatile plant, lavender has many culinary uses and was a particular favourite of Queen Elizabeth I who was partial to lavender conserve at breakfast time. Lavender plants are an excellent way of attracting butterflies and bees in to the garden.