Lavender is among the gentlest of all essential oils. Its light floral scent is said to calm and relax those who smell it; it is also purported to possess healing qualities, and is often put to use on itchy skin as a healing aid.
Essential oils are made by distilling pure plant material. They are different from fragrance oils, which can be made with a variety of artificial ingredients. In addition to smelling good, essential oils are said to posses certain therapeutic properties.