Since it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to help you ease your anxiety and get a good night’s sleep…through the power of scent!

Lavender has been used for hundreds of years to alleviate stress and promote sleep. While we can’t promise that sleep can solve all your problems, tackling exhaustion and burnout is great place to start.

How much sleep do I need?

We all know it’s not only about the total hours of sleep we get, though. It’s important to get good quality sleep on a regular schedule so we feel rested instead of that awful feeling when you somehow wake up more tired after a long snooze.

Most adults need between seven and eight hours sleep every night, while teenagers need up to 10. Kids need even more as they get younger, which is why babies sleep up to 16 hours a day.

A good night’s sleep is equally as beneficial to the mind and body, as it:

  • Improves our concentration levels and ability to learn and make memories
  • Helps the body maintain a healthy weight
  • Keeps the heart healthy
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Reduces stress levels and improves emotional wellbeing

Does Lavender really improve sleep?

Studies have found Lavender is a natural remedy that helps treat insomnia and improves sleep quality.

Its calming properties are so relaxing that scientists have suggested it could be used to medically treat anxiety, proving its positive effects in slowing the heartbeat and relaxing muscles. In a nutshell, Lavender can actually improve your sleep and calm anxiety.

In light of this promising news, we thought it’d only be right to give a run down of the best lavender products in beauty and fragrance…

Aroma Home | Sleep Well Set – 24ml | £14.95

If you struggle to relax at the end of the day, Aroma Home has your back with their Sleep Well Set. Start with a few drops of their soothing essential oil blend in your bath, then prep your sheets with a spritz or two of their pillow spray. Get cosy in bed and apply their rollerball oil to your pulse points just before you drift off…

Let’s Sanitise | Lavender Sanitiser Mist Spray 60ml | £4.99

Now that you know just how great Lavender can be for anxiety, you’ll love this Lavender Sanitiser Mist Spray from Let’s Sanitise. The rinse-free, non-sticky spray is the perfect hand sanitiser and surface spray for anyone feeling anxious about stepping back out into a busier world after lockdown life.

Yves Saint Laurent | YSL Libre Eau De Parfum 30ml Spray | £56.50

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Libre

Choose a fragrance to complement your mood, like the gorgeous YSL Libre. The grand, floral fragrance brings Orange Blossom together with Lavender for an unexpectedly androgynous and sensual scent that will make anyone feel incredible.

Urtekram | Tune in-soothing Lavender Body Lotion – 245ml | £6.99

Urtekram Tune in-soothing Lavender Body Lotion

Urtekram is the organic beauty brand free from parabens, synthetic preservatives and silicones, boasting a caring selection of natural ingredients. This Lavender Body Lotion is insanely hydrating and nourishing thanks to some help from its friends Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and natural oils.

You can complete your Lavender collection with the Shampoo, Conditioner, Hand Cream, Hand Soap and Body Wash.

Ariana Grande | R.E.M. by Ariana Grande Eau De Parfum 100ml Spray | £46.50

Ariana Grande REM Perfume 100ml Spray

For Ariana Grande’s sixth perfume, she took her trademark of powerful cosmic blends and strong feminine essence to dreamy new heights with a Lavender essence at its heart.

Made By Zen | Lavender Candle – 140g | £22.00

Get your bedtime routine started early with a relaxing scented candle. Made By Zen’s vegan Lavender candle is made of 100% pure essential oils and it’s got a burn time of thirty two hours. Why not light this candle as you take a bath or read in bed? Don’t forget to extinguish the flame by replacing the jar lid before you doze off though!

Incorporating Lavender into your everyday is scientifically proven to improve our mental and physical health, so who’s gonna stop us treating ourselves to some new Lavender products? It’s the ultimate self-care!