An essential oil is a concentrated liquid containing chemical compounds extracted from plants. These chemicals are called volatile compounds due to their characteristic of being easily evaporated at normal temperatures. The idea is that, if properly extracted, the biological essence of the plant and therefore its natural benefits are preserved inside the liquid. Techniques for producing essential oils date back at least to the 12th century. One of the most commonly used essential oils today and throughout history is lavender essential oil.
Lavender oil is extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant, which are historically known for their calming fragrance. Their name comes from the Latin word Lavare, which means “to wash”. Due to its wide range of properties, lavender oil has been well-known and used for different purposes since the time of Ancient Egypt. It has been used as a medicine, as a perfume, for skin applications and for aromatherapy.
This natural substance has been long associated with cleansing, calming and antidepressant effects. The Romans used it for purification and healing purposes. Today, these associations have been confirmed in medical studies. In 2008 a study involving 158 women in their postpartum period found that women who inhaled lavender oil before bed displayed a significant improvement in their sleep quality.
Several other studies among both humans and animals have consistently shown lavender to have a beneficial effect on the nervous system. Whether in treating anxiety, pain or improving cognitive functions, lavender has shown to possess an incredible range of benefits. As a matter of fact, it has been an old custom for people to stuff their pillows with lavender flowers in order to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders.
Given the sleep and relaxation inducing properties of this substance we could not let the opportunity pass to take advantage of them in our mission to provide our loyal customers with an ever-improving sleep experience. For this reason, we created the BlanQuil Essence Lavender Pillow.
The BlanQuil Essence Lavender Pillow combines the centuries-old medicinal practice of using lavender to improve sleep with modern-day high quality water-expanded foam technology to simultaneously provide superior comfort and relaxation. We stayed away from cheap materials in our design and sourced first-rate, Oeko-Tex Certified water-expanded essential oil-infused memory foam from Italy. For those seeking to further enhance their sleep experience, this pillow can now be found here in both queen and king sizes.