Do Lavender Candles Help You Sleep? 5 Reasons Why It's a Go-to Scentby Angela Antrim
The sense of smell is far more powerful than people realize.
Think of the feeling you get when you smell freshly baking cookies or a dozen roses. These all have a tendency to stir emotion and even inspire certain actions voluntarily or involuntarily (does your mouth water when you smell those cookies?)
With all that smell can do, it can also be incredibly useful to get a desired outcome.
You see, lavender has long been used to reduce anxiety and to calm the body. In fact, here are five reasons why lavender candles will be the next scent you use to get a better night of sleep.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Leslie Barrie writes for Health.com that the scent of lavender specifically helps by lowering blood pressure and even heart rate. When these go down, the body begins to ease into a more relaxed state that is open to sleeping.
While lavender by itself won't exactly knock you out, it certainly helps those that are having trouble getting calmed down after a busy day.
Getting to sleep is often the hardest part of having a good night of sleep. This is where the scent of lavender can be a big help!
Chamomile Tea with Lavender
So while it's not a candle, it has to be worth noting that lavender is way more than just a scent.
If you're a traveler where you often aren't in your own bed, try drinking chamomile tea to get yourself set for bed. This isn't exactly a new idea, but there are all kinds of chamomile that now include lavender.
Chamomile tea naturally reduces stress and regulates sleep, but with the calming effects of lavender, it can do a lot more good for a good night of sleep than people realize.
Whether it is your traveling go-to activity for getting to sleep or a regular part of your routine at all times, chamomile tea with lavender is always a good idea.
Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Lavender
Did you know that lavender is also an excellent anti-inflammatory, reducing itchy skin and irritation?
Many people struggle with itching or skin irritation making it even more difficult to get to sleep. Whether you're burning it as a candle or using it as an essential oil, lavender naturally helps calm the skin providing the opportunity to relax and drift off to sleep.
The Lavender Candle Secret
If lavender in any other form just hasn't done it for you, it's time to give lavender candles a shot.
Think about how the candle continues to burn, releasing the scent into the air you are breathing even as you sleep. A candle is long-lasting and will continue to release the scent long after you have initially drifted into a nice sleep.
In fact, the effects of lowering stress, blood pressure and heart rate continue and help keep you at that optimal level of relaxation.
So while other forms of lavender may help you get sleepy, the lavender candle will help keep you there.
You Can't Argue with Scientific Research
Restonic cited studies conducted by Wesleyan University in Connecticut:
They monitored brain activity and cycles of sleep in a number of men and women releasing the scent of lavender on one night and then water vapor another night. The end result was a better night of sleep with a higher quality of sleep cycles with the lavender.
Because of this and additional research, there is considerable proof that lavender as a candle as well as other forms can really do a lot to improve your sleep patterns. It's a healthier and lower cost option versus costly prescription medication.
If you're ready to give it a try to experience better sleep, consider our Lavender Aromatherapy Candle.
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