Lavender is one of the most widely-used essential oils in the world. Its luscious, intoxicating herbal fragrance is often used in body care products and perfumes. It has natural properties that are soothing and said to be gentle for sensitive skin types. Having antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial components, lavender is commonly used for cleaning cuts, burns, scrapes and minor abrasions. Lavender is also known for moisturizing dry or chapped skin. Lavender may also help in lightening the appearance of scars and discolored marks. Many believe that the pleasant scent of lavender can encourage a sense of well-being and calmness. It is often used before bedtime during bathes to facilitate a relaxing sleep. Some recommend spritzing some lavender mixed with water on pillows and linens to keep them smelling fresh.