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14 August 2007

Bedroom basics

After the eight-hour day, dropping and fetching the kids, shopping, exercising and cooking, you deserve to retire into a beautifully bedroom.

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After the eight-hour day, dropping and fetching the kids, shopping, exercising and cooking, you deserve to retire into a beautifully bedroom. Your bedroom should be a haven of relaxation and rest, a place where body and mind are rejuvenated and prepared for the next hectic day.

Here are some ways to make your slumber zone, a pleasure zone:

Piles of pillows: Cover your bed with soft, sumptuous cushions and pillows. You can even make your own scented pillows by stuffing them with sleep-inducing lavender and geranium).

Light up your life: Get rid of harsh, overhead lighting and install soft, gentle lights and bedside lamps.

Light a candle: Position scented aromatherapy candles all around the room – lavender and chamomile induce relaxation and sleep, while ylang ylang and sandalwood will promote romance.

Flower power: Fill window boxes with herbs like lavender and chamomile that will give off their beautiful relaxing scents on hot summer nights. Position vases with freshly cut, sweet-scented roses, lilies or sweet peas. Herb posies will not only add to the bouquet of scents, but will also keep insects at bay.

Burn, baby, burn: If you're allergic to pollen, aromatherapy burners can disperse the sensual scents of yland ylang, sandalwood, geranium and lavender essential oils. Alternatively, you can scent a tissue with a few drops of lavender oil and put it under your pillow. Avoid the lavender if you're pregnant and bear in mind that too much ylang ylang can cause headaches and nausea.

Bring balance to your bedroom: You want maximum sun in the morning, but minimum light at night, so it's important to balance light and shade. If you have the money, change your curtains with the seasons: go for thick, comforting velvets or denim in winter and crisp, floaty voile and muslin in summer.

 
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