We are in a gloomy period with a winter that saw record lows, a recession that is not receding, and continuous tumult in the Mideast. So we need to deal with our low spirits. One way is to use a lotion, cream, or soap that contains a lavendar fragrance. Certainly smelling like lavendar won’t fix our weighty problems, but it will alleviate some stress. Lavendar has long been thought to be calming and soothing. Sniffing lavendar won’t make your troubles go away. It just will make you smile.