Aromatherapy is one of the best natural ways enhance relaxation and promote sleep, without resorting to pharmaceutical drugs. There are various scents that promote relaxation and sleep, and some have been used for their positive effects for thousands of years.
Candles are a great way to infuse your bedroom with a relaxing scent. Many aromatherapy candles last for 20 hours + and are most effective if you light them a few hours before bedtime. With the right fragrance you will be amazed at how fast you’ll fall asleep. We have found that some halloween candles have the most distinctive fragrances and colours.
Many fragrances are know for being relaxing, but the most popular scent for the households across the world is definitely lavender. As well as having stress relieving properties, Lavandula angustifolia, as it is properly know, has been used for thousands of years to sooth, relax and perfume. Lavender was used in baths to purify the body and spirit back in Egypt. This native plant originates in the the mountains of the Mediterranean and is widely considered one of the best plants to be used for aromatherapy. This is why Lavender is widely used in soaps, shampoos, lotions, candles, oils, teas and lavender oil is also popular for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. In restaurants throughout Italy and France you will see that the plant accentuates many desserts and features on the menus of cafes throughout the region,
There are over 200 Jasmine flowers in the world and most come from warm temperate regions of Asia, Europe and Africa. The Jasmine flowers produce the most scented oil at night, and this is why the flowers are gathered at this time and many Jasmine scented products are called ‘Midnight Jasmine’. This aromatic flower has been known by many names such as “King of the Garden”, “Mistress of the Night”, “Moonlight of the Grove”, and has been used since ancient times to capture the imagination of poets’. It is actually a member of the olive family and has a rich floral fragrance with hints of fruit. One of its main uses is as an antidepressant as it induces warm calming emotions. The beauty of the plant as well as its strong floral fragrance make Jasmine one of the best scents to keep you relaxed.
Both the wood and the oil of the genus Santalum tree, or Sandalwood, produce a distinctive fragrance that was highly valued by the Greeks (who referred to is as “food for the gods”) and the Chinese (who built Buddha statues and temples from it) and the Hindus (who use sandalwood paste is integral to rituals and ceremonies). There is a very distinctive fragrance that can induce calm and meditative states.
It takes between 50 – 80 years for a sandalwood tree to fully mature. To make the essential oil, the roots and heartwood are distilled through boiling, steaming, condensation and separation. A great candle for the bedroom as sandalwood’s fragrance is closest to human pheromone, so it is traditionally considered as an aphrodisiac. Sandalwood has sedative effect on the nervous system.