Sleep problems are very common, so if you have trouble with sleep, you’re certainly not alone. When we have a good nights sleep, we feel more refreshed and find it easier to get on with our day-to-day lives. When we’re tired, everything seems more difficult and it be harder to motivate ourselves.
Lavender essential oil for sleep
Lavender essential oil is typically extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant. Lavender has been used as a relaxation aid throughout history (for example in linen pillows) and is a very popular essential oil. Burning a lavender scented candle to relax in the evening help you to feel much calmer and helps to prepare your mind and body for sleep. Diego et al., 1998 found that lavender helped participants to relax and reduced their levels of stress.
As part of your evening wind-down, why not try a natural scented candle to help you relax. If you find it helpful, you could also listen to calming music.
Finding the right candle
Not all lavender scented candles are the same. In fact, many are made from paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances. These could actually be harmful (see our posts on paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances). Look for a candle made from 100% natural vegetable wax and 100% pure essential oils. If in doubt, check with the seller, as packaging can be misleading. One seller said their candle fragrance contained essential oils, but essential oils may form only a small proportion of the fragrance, with the rest being synthetic.
Top Sleep tips (NHS Choices, 2014)
• Try and have a calming pre-sleep routine in the hour leading up to bedtime
• Make your room a relaxing tech-free and tidy zone
• Choose a good quality and comfortable mattress
• Keep to a regular sleep and wake routine
• Try to avoid day-time naps
• Exercise regularly
• Avoid caffeine and alcohol
• Choose lavender scented candles with 100% pure essential oils to help you to relax you before bedtime
• Avoid paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances
Don’t forget to visit our shop (sale now on!), where you can buy one of our scented candle relaxation or sleep packages. Our candles are made with 100% natural wax (soy and rapeseed) and fragranced with the pure essential oils of lavender, bergamot and geranium. The perfect remedy for tension and stress! Our candle does not contain any paraffin wax or synthetic fragrance. Plus all packages come with a free relaxation or sleep guide!
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