Essential oil of Lavendula angustifolia, or lavender, has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, and it is also potentially useful for treating restlessness, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Lavender may also be helpful for treating digestive ailments, such as an upset stomach, nausea and vomiting.
The bioactive constituents in lavender are the sources of its healing properties. Caffeic acid and cineole are two of more than 100 such constituents. The former possesses antioxidant effects, while the latter lowers cholesterol. Linalool, another constituent, reduces motor activity and accounts for lavender's calming effect upon the muscles and the whole body.
Using lavender oil aroma at bedtime increases slow wave sleep in women and men, according to MedicalNewsToday.com.