Just for information, lavender is a member of the mint family. The word comes from the Latin lavare (to wash) which refers to the use of infusions of the plant. The oil, which I frequently use is noted for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. I use it for relaxation and in fact it is one of the oils that does not stain. Therefore, it can be used on pillows to help with sleep by inducing a relaxed state. It can also be used to soothe insect bites and burns.