Ah, lavender. For centuries, this queen of herbs has quietly maintained a stellar reputation as a soothing antidote to stress, sleeplessness, and a host of other ailments. When they weren't out conquering the world, busy Romans soaked their cares away in fragrant, relaxing lavender baths - in fact, the Latin word lavare means "to wash" - and modern-day moms, with their outsize schedules, would do well to follow their example. But these days, it's not just for the bath: Lavender is taking a star turn in plenty of treats (edible and otherwise) that would make perfect Mother's Day gifts … or "just because it's Tuesday" indulgences for yourself.

Clockwise from top left:

The Lavender Garden: Beautiful Varieties to Grow and Gather by Robert Kourik and Deborah Jones (Chronicle Books, $19)

Luxury Body Butter, $38. (800) 590-6464, www.matanzascreek.com/gardens

Lavender Fields Wreath, $40. (800) 503-9624, www.whiteflowerfarm.com

Hood River Lavender Organic Culinary Lavender, $6; and Gorge Wind Tea, $8. (888) 528-3276, www.lavenderfarms.net

L'Occitane Lavender Harvest Incense Sticks, $17; Linen Water Spray, $16; and Sachet, $8. (888) 623-2880, www.loccitane.com

Hill Country Lavender Bubble Bath, $19. (830) 833-2294, www.hillcountrylavender.com

Waterman Ici et Là Blue Pen, $65. (800) 772-7367, www.artbrown.com

Vera Wang Bow Collection Thank-You Notes, $26 for a box of 10. www.chelsea paper.com

Small Lavender Scalloped Cake Stand, $35. (877) 812-6235, www.williams-sonoma.com

Avalon Organics Lavender Moisture Plus Lotion with SPF 18, $16; Renewal Facial Serum, $20; and Revitalizing Eye Gel, $20. (877) 263-9456, www.avalonorganics.com

Hill Country Lavender Soaps, $6 each. (See above.)