Are lavender scented candles good for sleep?
Your sense of smell is undeniably more powerful than most people consciously realise.
Think about the feelings you get when you smell freshly cut grass, your favourite perfume, scented roses or even just walk past a bakery. Scent can feel powerful so it shouldn’t really be that surprising that that scents can be proven to produce certain real effects, not just feelings, upon us.
So with all that we feel scent can do, it can be incredibly helpful to use scent to our advantage to get results when it comes to rest, relaxation and sleep.
For a long time Lavender has traditionally been used to bring a sense of quiet and calm and to aid sleep. To celebrate our love of Lavender and the launch of our SOPORIFIC scented candle; here are some good reasons why lavender candles should be the top choice fragrance for you to bring calm and restfulness into your evenings, or even for those quiet and relaxing afternoons.
Get into a routine
Whilst lavender alone is unlikely to send you into a Sleeping Beauty-type slumber, it can form an important part of your win-down ritual. Sleep hygiene and sleep routine is essential to good sleep. Making time in your evening to wind down is the best way to signal to your body and mind that it is time to settle down. A warm bath, burning a lavender scented candle and slipping into clean bedding in a cool, lowly-lit room will work wonders for your sense of calm and quiet just before you turn out the lights.
Avoiding bright lights, screens such as your mobile phone and bedroom TV as well as caffeine, strong foods or heavy meals and alcohol will also help you on your way to a great night’s sleep.
Lavender can lower your blood pressure
Korean research into an experimental clinical treatment using the inhalation of scented essential oils showed that Lavender alleviates cardiac excitation, lowers BP, and is effective in hypertension and palpitations¹. The aroma of lavender can help in bringing down your heart rate. Yes, really.
Shhh - the Lavender candle secret
There’s a chance you might have tried camomile tea with lavender, lavender bath oil or scented oils to help you to sleep, and to no avail. A high quality Lavender scented candle could be the secret key for you. Our luxury lavender candles are heavily fragranced and are specially formulated to throw a lasting scent without being too overpowering. The scent will linger after your candle has been extinguished and will fill a room or apartment with a short to moderate length burn time.
The presence of a candle in itself can be very soothing; the low light, the flickering flame and the ritual of setting a candle alight to bring a soothing fragrance and welcome the evening could all be part of your new sleep success routine.
Here are our tips to bring the serenity of our SOPORIFIC lavender candle to your evening routine safely:
- Never leave a candle burning unattended and never go to sleep with a candle burning.
- Always trim the wick down to 5mm before burning, this will allow your candle to burn evenly, to last well and to throw its fragrance successfully.
- Always place your candle on a heat-proof and even surface away from flammable materials, children and pets.
- If possible, extinguish your candle with a snuffer, this will prevent any damage to your wick and prolong the life of your candle.
- ¹ Essential Oil Inhalation on Blood Pressure and Salivary Cortisol Levels in Prehypertensive and Hypertensive Subjects: In Hee Kim et al. 2012. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3521421