As I write this, my lovely new Neom Organics Tranquility candle is flickering away next to me and the wonderful scent combo of lavender, sweet basil and jasmine is starting to fill the room. I’m a big fan of aromatherapy oils, and the Neom candles are the closest thing I’ve found to using an oil burner, with the added bonus of being far more glamorous and a lot less faff. Having suffered from insomnia for much of my life (it started when I was about four years old and I only kicked it a few years ago), I’m always intrigued by natural remedies for stress, tension and sleeplessness. Neom reckon that their Tranquility range will have your shoulders dropping in an instant… which sounds like sales spiel but actually, it’s not unfounded (and apparently, Olympic champ Victoria Pendleton is a massive fan of the range). Using the bath and shower oil and lighting the candle before bed does seem to have an incredibly soothing effect – I can feel that wonderful heavy eyelid feeling that comes from true relaxation, and the more I implement this bedtime habit, the quicker the scents seem to banish the stress of the day. Aromatherapeutic benefits aside, it’s little rituals like these that help to put your body into sleep mode, and turn going to bed into a treat rather than the much-dreaded end to your post-work day freedom. And on that note, I’m stepping away from the laptop and heading for bed via a hot bath. Bliss.
Tranquility Home Candle, £39.50; Tranquility Bath and Shower Oil, £32.00, Neomorganics.com