Lavender oil is an essential oil obtained by distillation from flower spikes of lavender. Lavender has calming, relaxing, stress relieving and healing properties that tend to bring a sense of well being and harmony. It can be added to bathwater, dispersed in a vaporizer, or simply dabbed on a tissue and breathed in. Lavender oil can also be applied topically to relax the muscles or its aroma can be inhaled for a calming effect. A sachet containing the essential oil leaves and flowers can be left underneath a pillow as a sleep aid.