We all know breathing keeps us alive, but now we've delved a little deeper. We explored how to perfect our breathing technique to ease digestion, reduce blood pressure and seriously de-stress. Here are our picks of the best unwinding products to get you started… For immediate calm: Neal’s Yard Remedies to Roll: Relaxation, £6.25/9ml (nealsyardremedies.com). This balancing blend of essential oils combines geranium to combat stress and orange essence to soothe the senses. Roll on your temples and breathe deeply for instant relaxation. To re-energise: Aveda Chakra 1 Balancing Body Mist, £28 (aveda.co.uk). Inspired by Ayurveda, the ancient Indian art of healing, this fusion of pure essential oils will leave you feeling centred and uplifted. To breathe deeply: Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe Bath & Shower Oil, £39/55ml (aromatherapyassociates.co.uk). The combination of cleansing and refreshing eucalyptus, pine and peppermint help to clear the head and ease breathing, plus it doubles up as a great decongestant. For peace and calm: Temple Spa Drift Away, £22/100ml (templespa.com). This moisturising dual body and massage oil is the perfect antidote to stress. Apply straight to your skin or drizzle a little in your bathtub for a luxurious wind down. To enhance your home: Neom Luxury Organics Relax Candle, £15 (neomorganics.com). Breathe in the warm, woody scent of sandalwood and juniper blended with top notes of French lavender for ultimate tranquillity.
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