In the morning we want to feel invigorated, in the evening we want to gently, calmly fall into a restful, uninterrupted slumber.
Sleeping well is sometimes difficult for me because the instant my head hits the pillow, the worries start to swirl from what I assume is my unconscious into my wide-awake(!) consciousness. As my daughter has said to me, if I don’t have something to worry about I worry that I’m forgetting to worry about something. I fear she is not entirely wrong. Often I will have one of my favorite (theoretic) sleep-inducing teas or a cup of warm milk, but they don’t always work.
Now, I’m not 100 percent certain I’m on to something and I won’t yet say it’s miraculous, but my new find appears to be a blissful remedy for a good night’s rest. It’s Spray Sommeil Nuits Paisibles Relaxation from the Pranarom laboratory and consists solely of essential oils, most predominant among them, bergamot and lavender.
Christine, my pharmacist friend, is an expert on essential oils and of course it was she who encouraged me to try the spray.
I’m not sure you can find it outside of France, but if you live here or you will be visiting, I highly recommend you go to any pharmacy and buy a can.
This is how it is to be used:
1.) 15 minutes before slipping into bed, vaporize the corners of the bedroom, each for five seconds.
2.) Again, 15 minutes before bed, spray for five seconds the sheets and on the underside of the pillow, then spray a handkerchief and place it near the pillow. If you wear pajamas, the directions suggest a quick spritz on the collar.
The room and the bed are heavenly soothing and I truly feel as if the technique is helping me sleep better. In the morning, the fragrance has completely disappeared in the room and remains only ever so faintly on the sheets and pillow. I’ve tried spraying pure lavender on my linens before, but the result was overwhelming, almost unpleasant. The Spray Sommiel is completely different, only a subtle nuance of the essences of the essential oils.
Then, the latest thing for me, is substituting my beloved morning café au lait for two cups of Mélange Hediard, the signature tea of the famous French maison founded in 1854. It is in the tradition of “thés à la Russe” which is to say, a blend of Chinese black tea, bergamot, citron and sweet orange.
I’m sort of obsessed with bergamot and just opening the pretty red metal container and taking a deep breath is a delicious way to start the day.