These essential oil blends can help prevent a sleepless night...
It’s no wonder that sales of pillow sprays are booming. Since the start of the pandemic, stress levels have risen, and the nation is experiencing a newfound obsession with essential oils.
According to research by The NPD Group, sales of luxury aromatherapy products, including brands such as Votary and Neom, increased by more than 500% in 2019.
This year, we are still very much about investing in our wellbeing, especially when it comes to sleep. Therefore, we thought we would round up our favourite pillow sprays to help you relax at night. Sound good? We’ve also rounded up the best mattresses, best weighted blankets and best silk pillowcases for you to shop.
For the uninitiated, pillow sprays are typically a blend of floral waters, herbal ingredients and essential oils. The idea is that you spritz them all over your bed linen before hitting the sack, then take deep breaths to slow your heart rate.
With a third of Brits missing out on the recommended seven hours sleep, consider these scents fast-acting self-care.
Benefits of essential oils in pillow sprays
Stress-busting lavender is the most common of these. “It contains the compound linalool, which has a sedative effect,” says Professor Tim Jacob, a neurologist from the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University.
“Smelling it increases alpha waves in the frontal regions of the brain, encouraging you to relax.”
Used in a pillow spray, lavender also alleviates the catch-22 of sleeplessness: worrying about the fact that you haven’t drifted off.
Numerous studies have shown that lavender has a physical effect, too, by reducing blood pressure and helping the body to produce melatonin, the hormone that promotes restful sleep.
Chamomile, another popular ingredient in pillow sprays, has been shown to alleviate anxiety. While clary sage is anti-spasmodic, meaning it helps your muscles to relax as you wind down.
According to Dr Anna Persaud, CEO of This Works, the benefits of pillow sprays are also deeply psychological.
“Studies have shown that scent can activate the limbic system, which processes emotions and memory. This, in turn, affects the autonomic nervous system, which controls our levels of energy and rest. Over time we also create a connection in our brains that links the fragrance of a pillow mist to the experience of feeling sleepy. It’s a stimulus for relaxation and can help to sustain a healthy sleep pattern.”
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One of the most potent blends of lavender we’ve come across to help us drift off. The pillow mist is micro‐encapsulated, meaning the fragrance is captured in tiny spheres that break on the pillow as you toss and turn, continuously releasing soothing wafts of fragrance.
According to Votary co-founder Arabella Preston, beauty sleep is just as important as a good skincare regime for a flawless complexion. Meet the missing part of your nightly regimen with calming lavender and chamomile.
Perfect if you’re not a lavender lover as this 100% natural fragrance includes 11 pure essential oils that aren’t flowers. Think chamomile nectar, a twist of spicy ylang ylang and soothing cedarwood instead.
Frankincense, hops and lavender misted over the pillow first relax the mind and then relieve tension in the body. You won’t need to press snooze for the ultimate sense of tranquility.
Tough day at the office? Lightly mist this blend of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange and geranium over your bed before getting in to promote a feeling of wellbeing.
Knowing this tranquil blend of organic lavender, vetiver and mandarin is vegan, cruelty free and sustainable will already put your mind at ease. Another bonus: the essential oils are housed in the brand’s signature blue glass bottle to protect the delicate fragrance and herbal properties from UV rays.
This pillow mist is formulated with the sweet uplifting scent of melissa along with lemon myrtle, which provides calming benefits. These work in combination with mood-boosting St John’s wort and lady’s mantle to relieve stress and support a restorative night's sleep.
Pacifica’s Lavender Moon Body & Pillow Mist is a water-based spray packed with powerful essential oils. It uses a carefully blended mix of lavender and rose essential oils to ease anxiety and soothe jangled nerves.
Here at Marie Claire UK, we are big fans of Tropic skincare, so we were delighted to see that they also did a pillow spray. By blending seven premium distilled essential oils – including the infamous lavender, which has proven sleep-inducing qualities, and eucalyptus that’s excellent for getting rid of the horrible head fog that can stop you switching off – this pillow spray is the fast-track way to feeling calm, soothed and ready for bed.