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Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family. Its aroma has been shown in human studies “to slow down heart rate, slow blood pressure and put you in a parasympathetic state, which is a relaxed state,” says University of Miami School of Medicine scientist Tiffany Field, who has studied the effects of lavender on relaxation and sleep.

Calming Lavender Bubble Baths and Calming Lotions are a perfect combination for fussy babies or even a stressed out mom. As reported by the Wall Street Journal in 2010, when brain waves were monitored in a lab in a 31-person sleep study in 2005 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., whiffs of lavender in vials changed the quality of sleep compared with distilled water. “When people sniffed the lavender before bedtime, it increased their amount of deep sleep, or slow-wave sleep,” said researcher Namni Goel, now at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Another calming lavender study was conducted by a British study, presented at the European Sleep Research Society in Glasgow in 2008. They tested the effect of lavender oil sprinkled on the bedclothes of 12 female insomniacs in their 50s, compared with a placebo of almond oil, which has little scent. “They got to sleep more easily and they felt their quality of sleep was better,” says lead author Chris Alford, a scientist at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

At least two studies funded by Johnson & Johnson explore the use of calming aromas, including lavender, as part of a bedtime routine for infants and toddlers. A 2007 study found a lavender-scented bath oil helped infants cry less and sleep more deeply and a study of 405 mothers of infants and toddlers, published in the journal Sleep, found that a bedtime regime using products containing a proprietary scent aided sleep. Therefore, a natural baby calming lotion is a great part of a bedtime routine.

Babo Botanicals Lavender Calming Baby Lotion and Calming Natural Bubble Bath & Wash is the perfect duo for a bedtime routine.  They are formulated with pure, natural french lavender harvested from a farm, dried and carefully extracted to get its purest aroma – it is not a synthetic lavender fragrance. You can even smell the minty undertones in our products.  Coming from the mint family, it makes sense that lavender is so good to flavor food with!