As fun as these might be, or as desperate as you might be, nothing beats the tranquil calm of Lavender before bedtime. In folklore, pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help restless people fall sleep. Dried sprigs have been found in tombs of pharaohs. When diffused in air, the scent can actually kill mold and bacteria. Scientific evidence suggests that aromatherapy with Lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, promote relaxation by lifting moods, and improve sleep quality in those folks suffering from the toss n' turn of their out-of-whack body equilibrium. Genius minds know all about this as seen by their bleary-eyed incoherence the day after.
Need more science to show the herbaceous wonder works and very well? A 2005 study at Wesleyan University found that people who took a sniff of Lavender (bath salts and incense count) got better sleep than people who smelled distilled water. The reason this works is poorly understood, but it may act as a relaxant prior to sleep. With wintery nights ahead, try a double dose of this deliciously sweet note with J.R. Watkins Lavender Body Oil Mist ($8.99) and its complement, the Sugar & Shea Body Scrub ($12.99) to lead you to a restful night. I suggest both as the one thing they have in common is the requisite hot shower.
We all have come to banish stress with a meditative stand under an unstoppable drizzle of a hot shower. Get the frayed nerves to slumber fast with the fragrant oil of Lavender. The Sugar & Shea scrub is a wholly effective way to kick off the fragrance harmonizing fun of Lavender; it uses real but finely crushed Sucrose blended in Shea Butter, Coconut and Sunflower oils with the tease of a tempting grassy Lavender. A vigorous scrub-a-dub dub not only helps break up the pockets of accumulated fat and that dreadful orange-peely looking skin, but also primes the skin for the body oil.
And, for those of you still fearing the gooey goodness of a body oil, the mist is your perfect introduction to the soothing effects. The 100% all natural, slightly camphoric scent has a refreshing fresh feel to it. Apricot Kernel is the lone carrier. Once skin has been scruffed of its rough patches, Vitamins A, C, and E seep in deeper, providing an indulgent embrace of warmth on bare skin. No shine left behind.
A timeless classic, you can’t go wrong with Lavender’s effervescent, aromatic note and calm. Well, that and about 8 hours of good ‘ole fashioned shut eye.
Scent Classification: Grassy Herbal
Viscosity: Ultralight viscosity