It’s International Stress Awareness week and we’re using this calming herb to help us unwind after a busy day at the office.
For as long as we can remember lavender has been hailed as a great natural ingredient due to it’s lovely aroma. Now, a study has confirmed what we’ve always suspected: it really does make us feel calm.
The study, carried out by Kagoshima University in Japan, found that not only does the plant have stress-relieving qualities, but actually smelling lavender triggers relaxing effects within our bodies. In short: when the lavender vapor hits the neurons in your nose the calming effects are released.
So, if you’re having a stressful week then try out a lavender-based product when you’re in the shower or taking a long soak in the bath. By simply changing your bubble bath or shampoo to one of the Stylist-recommended ones below, you can look after your body and mind.
Kiehl’s Lavender Foaming-Relaxing Bath with Sea Salts and Aloe Vera, £32
A steaming bath is one of the most enjoyable and effective ways to inhale lavender. Not only does the scent fill the room, but a bath is a sure-fire way to relax anyway.
Rodin Lavender Absolute Luxury Face Oil, £80
A great body oil should give off the essential oil’s scent all day.
Neom Tranquility Scented Candle, £45
Lighting a lavender-infused candle before bed will help you unwind after a stressful day at work. Just don’t forget to blow it out before you drift off.
This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray, £26
Some people find it harder to sleep when they’re stressed out so pillow sprays like this could help to ease your stress, in turn helping you get to sleep.
Natural Spa Factory Wild Lavender, Aloe & Comfrey Root Shampoo
This Natural Spa Factory shampoo is full of wild lavender which not only smells relaxing, it also boasts antiseptic properties, too. Cleansing your hair with lavender shampoo is yet another way to inhale the soothing aroma.
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