I use lavender to create a calming effect when doing a relaxing massage, or when working on shoulders, neck and face.   It is a great help for conditions such as insomnia, and also helps in the healing of small burns and wounds.  Inhalation of lavender when you have a cold or flu can be useful, and a drop in the bath can help ease muscle and joint pain.  The brand of massage wax I use is a natural product made in the UK, called Songbird.