We’re constantly looking for ways to relax. That’s why we’ve seen a rise in crystals, CBD and aromatherapy. One of aromatherapy’s secrets to success is lavender thanks to its stress-relieving properties. Esker founder Shannon Davenport points out that even the ancient Greeks used lavender to cleanse and soothe.
Research has shown that lavender’s affect on our emotions is similar to the affect it has on our bodies, according to Brenda Brock, founder and formulator of Farmaesthetics. Lavender is a tonic herb with an anti-inflammatory kick. Its delicate, warm aroma relaxes and reduces stress. Davenport says some scientific studies show that lavender can help reduce anxiety, which in turn can help you sleep better.
Just make sure to look for lavender essential oil or whole lavender buds as main ingredients. Brock says these versions offer antiseptic and antibacterial properties while stimulating new cell production. But watch out for lavender fragrance oil — a synthetic petroleum-derived ingredient that offers no benefits and can actually irritate your skin.
Here are the best relaxing lavender beauty products to help you unwind after a long, hard day.