We use Lavender Essential Oil in our home daily. It is so soothing and relaxing. It's especially wonderful for cramps and aching muscles. It is also antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial & stimulates blood flow. Herbalists of the 1600's believed Lavender was good for "all griefes and pains of the head and brain." (John Parkinson) I'd have to agree. I especially loved rubbing the essential oil on our babies' sleepers and blankets. I don't believe in rubbing essential oil directly on babies' skin unless it is very diluted, but putting it on clothes & bedding can be calming to tired parents as well as fussy little ones. It's also nice for sick and elderly loved ones. It's so relaxing, often blood pressure will lower.
I use so much Lavender essential oil that I buy it in bulk. Before internet stores made such things more readily available I had to be creative. My once-a-year trip to the city included visiting "the witch's shop". Now, please realize, I was raised 'new age', crystal ball, tarot cards & all... (I asked Jesus into my heart very early at a vacation Bible school. I know I was very young because I was on the very front row. Pastor Marcus Adair did a wonderful job explaining the salvation message using a valentine heart box. I have used the same object lesson with each one of our children. I praise YHWH for HIS protection throughout my childhood.) ...Where was I? Oh yes, the witch's shop. Because I grew up with lots of mystical gadgets, gizmos, art, and incense... I was prepared for her establishment... (After covering myself in prayer, walking through the door alternately quoting scripture and humming hymns under my breath.) As the lovely witch finished with another customer, I prayed for him (that someone would share the Gospel with him and God would reveal to him that the things he was purchasing were cursed or possessed and needed to be burned ASAP). Then she came to me asking what she could help me with. (I'm sure she was wondering what this Christian 'Denim Jumper' mom was doing in her shop.) I smiled sweetly and told her I needed 16 ounces of Lavender Essential Oil. She stood in shock saying, "How much are you wanting?" I repeated, "Sixteen ounces please." While she looked for a 16 oz amber bottle, I browsed the store. (Praying & hymning the whole time.) Thankfully the internet has made such purchases much easier.
One of my favorite old fashioned homemaking things is to make lace sachet pillows filled with dried Lavender flowers to stash in drawers, suitcases, & chests. It smells so lovely. Pinterest has some wonderful tutorials on making these. It's a good sewing project for small children and an excellent gift idea.
The best quality Essential Oils I've found are from Young Living.
Here are two of my friends videos about how they use Lavender Essential Oil in their homes. I think you'll find them helpful.