Lavandula angustifolia, better known as Lavender, is an evergreen plant that has produced the most used essential oil in the world for over 2500 years. The name Lavender is believed to be derived from the Latin word “lavare,” meaning “to wash,” as it was often used in baths and laundry for its fragrant properties. With a calming, physically and emotionally balancing fragrance, it has commonly been used for its relaxing effects on the body. Used medicinally, Lavender essential oil has been found to eliminate harmful bacteria, relieve muscle spasms, relieve flatulence, disinfect and soothe inflamed skin especially when resulting from an itchy bug bite, promote speedy healing of irritated and scarred skin, and to relieve muscle tension when used in a massage.When used in aromatherapy, this mild sedative is reputed to reduce stress by relaxing the brain waves. Lavender is believed to help balance hormones, to reduce feelings of nervous tension, and based on empirical evidence, has worked to reduce feelings of depression for some individuals. Due to its calming and relaxing properties, it can work as a sleep aid for those suffering from insomnia.