As 10th October is World Mental Health Day, our experts have put together some top tips to help you ease anxiety and get a good night’s sleep, all through the power of scent!

Lavender is an ingredient that 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?

It’s recommended that most adults need between 7-8 hours sleep every night, whilst teenagers need up to 10. Children need even more as they get younger, which is why babies sleep up to 16 hours a day.

However, it’s not just about the total hours of sleep we get, it’s important to get good quality sleep on a regular schedule. This helps us to feel rested instead of waking up more tired after a long snooze.

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

  • Improves our concentration levels, 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 the quality of our sleep.

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.

Discover our curated edit of of the best lavender products in our beauty and fragrance collections.

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

Aroma Home Sleep Well Set

If you struggle to relax at the end of the day, Aroma Home can help 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.

Yves Saint Laurent | YSL Libre Eau De Parfum 30ml Spray | £59.00

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Libre

Choose a fragrance to relax your mood, like the signature YSL Libre.

The grand, floral fragrance brings Orange Blossom together with Lavender for a calming scent that will relax your senses in a single spritz.

Five Dot Botanics | Pure Rewind, Rose Clay + Lavender, Restorative Face Mask 30ml | £28.00

Five Dot Botanics Pure Rewind, Rose Clay + Lavender, Restorative Face Mask

Smooth away signs of stress with this luxurious detoxing mask from Five Dot Botanics.

This rich mineral clay mask restores skin by gentle drawing out impurities, leaving it velvety smooth to the touch. Added Lavender Oil works to soothe and purity whilst Safflower seed oil helps to unclog pores and calm troubled skin.

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!

Light this candle as you take a bath or read in bed and allow the floral aroma of lavender to soothe your soul for moments of relaxation. 

Ariana Grande | R.E.M. by Ariana Grande Eau De Parfum 100ml Spray | £47.00

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 Lavender essence at its heart.

Paired with Juicy Fig and Warm Salted Caramel, this gourmand fragrance will create a blissful aroma.

Click here to discover all Lavender products at The Fragrance Shop.